Abigail MeadowDecember 19th

While all of your non-student friends are looking forward to the Christmas break, you might be feeling less festive as you'll have to spend some of those important days revising for your Jan exams.

But fear not, there are some ways to make sure revising won't totally ruin the Christmas vibe but still ensuring you're getting in those all important cramming days.

Here are some tips on how to revise over the festive period.

What works best for you?

Firstly, it's important to work out what works best for you. Most people and revision guides will prompt you to do your revision in the mornings, but that doesn't always work for everyone. Some people may only need a few short breaks of ten minutes, while others would rather have a full hour break. It's. Your. Choice.

Sophie Valentine, a science tutor at MyTutor said “Recent research has found that teenagers need between eight and 10 hours of sleep for their brain to be fully rested, compared to just seven hours for an adult. So it could be better to have a lie-in and be 100% ready to get started later in the day.”

Get Outside

Secondly, don't just stick to your desk. If being cooped up in a library or in your room staring at the same four walls just doesn't do it for you, try getting outside (weather and wifi permitting). Maybe sitting in your bathroom might work? Worth a try. Kidding. Or am I?

Past papers are your friend

Thirdly, past papers might seem a little bit hellish, but they're great at getting your mind into exam mode.

Sometimes people try and predict what might come up from past papers but it's not exactly the most efficient way to spend your time when you could be revising.

It could even be a good way to time yourself to see how long it will take you to get through one.

Keep it loud

Next, try and keep it loud. One of the most effective ways is to rewrite your notes and then to say them out loud.

According to Carina Cunha of tutoring firm Crimson Education she said "Rewriting your notes can help trigger your memory.

"It can also help you organise the material better, making your notes easier to understand and absorb. It’s beneficial to then read them aloud – you are more likely to remember something this way than you would by reading the material in your head.”

Reward yourself

Finally, after working hard all day it's good to have something to look forward to. Or if you simply cannot get through the next two hours give yourself some mini-rewards each time you hit a target. Revising can be hard enough as it is. Without snacks it could be even worse!

Good luck guys!

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