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Top 5 Tips to maximise your revision!

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Want to make the most out of your revision time? Of course, you do!

Here are our top 5 tips revision tips to reach your full potential with your revision:

1. Sleep Well: With little structure to your day during revision time, it is important to establish a work/sleep pattern that works for you.

Do you work better in the mornings or evenings? Tailor your sleeping pattern around when you work best – ensuring that you get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.

But make sure you don’t oversleep - as it can make you feel even more tired.

2. Make a Plan: What is your concentration like? Do you prefer to revise in 45-minute blocks or longer stints?

Build your revision plan around how you work best. It may also be beneficial to plan for revision time using different techniques; such as writing your very own textbook or creating mind-maps for each topic.

3. Avoid Distractions:

Ensure that you are in an environment with no distractions. Ensure that you have everything you need around you.

Make sure that you’re comfortable, have enough space to work, have all of the necessary materials with you and have a few healthy refreshments nearby.

4. Relax: Try not to approach your exams with fear – view them as a positive step towards gaining your desired qualification. If you do experience moments of worry or panic, there are a few things that you can do to relax; sit or lie down somewhere comfortable, focus on your breathing and allow each of your muscles to relax one-by-one. Periods of anxiety and panic are usually short-lived and will pass.

5. Take Breaks: Whether it be getting up to make a cup of tea or going for a quick jog – it is important to have regular breaks to keep you alert and motivated.

These breaks only need to be 10-15 minutes long, as that is enough time to refresh you by doing something different. Successful revision is all about balance; about building your revision plan around how your mind and body prefer to work – whilst also ensuring that you get enough sleep, exercise and food/drink along the way.

The Advice & Support Centre team wish you all the best for exam time. Should you ever feel the need to seek practical advice, or simply to get things off your chest, do not hesitate to come in and speak to one of our Advisers.

Drop by: Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice & Support Centre, Hutton, College Lane. Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00.

Telephone: 01707 285022 E-mail: advice@hertfordshire.su