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Balancing Revision and a Social Life

The Christmas break is in full swing and it is time to have a break from the stress of studies… oh wait, it’s also exam season! How can you actually strike the balance between spending time with family and friends but  also having enough time to revise?

Christmas is my favourite time of year, I love all the lights and festive decorations but most of all I love the amount of food I get to eat without fear of judgment. However, this time of year is also tinged with the stress of knowing exams are about to arrive and it can be really difficult to relax knowing how much revision you have to do.

My key tip is to make a revision timetable and stick to it. If you have any commitments,  it’s important to plan around these and actually do revision before and after rather than sitting down and watching rubbish TV instead. Personally, I really like this revision planner: https://getrevising.co.uk/planner but you may want to create a paper version or even have a different electronic planner you like to use. Also build in breaks for time with friends. You can all plan your breaks at the same time so that you can all meet up and go for lunch or a few glasses of wine.

Create revision notes as you go along the semester rather than leaving it to the last minute. I make a mindmap for each seminar or each topic with a brief overview. I then substantiate this with revision cards with any important detail. You will often find that you can talk a lot about a topic without having to keep reading over the endless pages of notes. As one of my favourite lecturers says ‘You are all sponges; you absorb a lot of information’ without the need to write down every little detail. You can then take these into your seminars/tutorials and add to it where appropriate. Then when it comes to actually revising, you can look over the mindmap and try to recreate it. Although, it may be a bit late now if you haven’t already done this but it is a top tip for next semester.

Make sure you have time away from the books. As the same lecturer told me ‘you need time off so that your brain can muddle through all of the information and sort through it’. So don’t feel bad if you take time off. Rest is just as important so that you can get all of your thoughts into a logical and coherent way. Build in a few study breaks to go do fun things or even just take a walk. You can plan these into your revision timetable or even be a bit more flexible and head for a break when your brain starts to hurt.

In essence, plan ahead and make revision manageable so you can do all the fun things you wanted to do without feeling bad. Most of all, have a great Christmas from the whole team at 301!

 

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Revision Planning

Sadly, it’s that time of year again. The Christmas Trees might be up and the decorations are all over the university but for students this isn’t the best time of year. Exams are just around the corner and with uni finishing in about 2 weeks, now is the time that panic sets in. There are only 2 weeks left to ask lecturers questions and get knowledge about approaching revision and exams.

However, there is no need to panic. Come see us at 301 for exam help.

Exam revision planning is the key to getting all of that information stored in your brain ready for the exam but if you don’t plan properly it can be stressful. You know that feeling when you get to the IC to revise a few days before your exam and there are no computers free but someone is sat in front of one with a laptop? Or if you remembered your laptop but there is nowhere to sit? Planning well may mean you don’t have to get to the IC at 8am to find a seat because your revision will already be done. We have several workshops running before the end of term for revision planning.

One thing I hate personally about essay based exams is that you can have all the knowledge in the world on that subject area but you still might not get full marks. A lot of focus is put on answering the question, rather than stating all the information you know, and the way you approach the question. Still no need to panic if, like me, you struggle to do this. We have a workshop for exam technique when doing essays too.

And if you are reading this but have multiple choice based exams, we have an essay technique workshop for you too.

If you want help, sign up to one of our workshops or if you can’t attend at those times why not book a 1:1 with one of our tutors? You can book online by following the link: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/301

Maybe now we can all relax and enjoy the Christmas decorations while they are up.Christmas Tree