This posts was meant to be up yesterday. . . sorryyyyyy. BUT IM HERE NOW to share my words of wisdommmmm. I mean, I’m no expert*, but someone asked for this post and I thought that it would be useful as lots of us will be revising soon and sooooo here you areeee, and yes this is longish.
I mean, most people my age have exams too so this might be usefullll?????? I mean I’m going to attempt and give some advice on 1) how to become motivated and 2) some tips on studying once you’re motivated / some of my note taking stuff.
*like IN THE SLIGHTEST.
To study….hm, to be honest, I did little flashcards everytime I studied to help me learn things better, also.. REWARD yourself. Study for an hour and then tell yourself you can read, blog, watch a tv show or something. This also works well aha 🙂
^^^ FLASHCARDS SAVED MY RS EXAM (more on that later!!)
My notes I generally spend agesss making them look super pretty and then that ends up making me feel super motivated to make even more notes. Plus getting new stationary and supplies always helps 😉 xx
^^^^ literally YES.
bookwormjulia (I couldn’t find a link????. . . sorryyyyyyyyy)
You won’t like what I do for exams. 😆 I review/skim the subjects that I’m good at (the only one is LA though, cause I’m a writer) and then study harder for the stuff I’m not so great at… but those have never really existed. So that leaves the ones where I freak out and go on a study rampage. Last year I reread the entire science textbook. (I’M REALLY BAD AT SCIENCE OKAY THE EXAMS TERRIFY ME) But maybe try studying in like sprints or something. Study for 10 minutes, take a break for 5. Or maybe study for 15 or 20 minutes. Whatever helps you. 😃 (It really helps, cause then when you want to get distracted, you’re like ‘oh come on, 10 minutes of studying is nothing’) Listening to music is also great! I like listening to wordless music that isn’t boring.
revision wise I’ve just been trying to do as much as I can whenever I can, I’ve actually done a post on how I revise which you might find useful but then again I don’t revise much at all so it could just be a phantom post of me trying t to motivate myself! If you make your notes all colourful and prettier it helps with the motivation, believe me; I’ve almost finished the notes on my Germany topic and while I know approximately none of the content I am motivated to keep going because I’ve got some rather pretty pastel coloured notes.
^^^ link to the post Soph refers to below!! THIS SAVED ME!!
- watch study videos on youtube,
- look at study-grams,
- organise all your books / notes,
- make lists!
Watch Study-tube // Study Videos On Youtube
I actually found this first method from Soph’s post, which you can find right here, where she lists loads of revision material things but the one that I found the most effective was watching other people study?? You literally just see the notepad and the person’s had and how they make nice notes and er-mer-gerd they are so motivating??
LIKE I’M COMPETITIVE so this works perfectly for me as I WANT TO MAKE NICER NOTES THAN THEM. And also, it motivated you to make your notes pretty and therefore you ENJOY studying more and it looks super nice so you’ll actually want to refer back to them later on! TRUST ME THIS WORKS FOR ME.
And they’re also just generally so AESTHETICALLY PLEASING so now I just look at them in awe and I FREAKING LOVE BEAUTIFUL NOTES.
Look At Study-grams // Photos Of Pretty Notes
THEY ARE HONESTLY SO AESTHETIC AND SO BEAUTIFUL AND I CANNOT EVEN THEY’RE JUST GORGEOUS.
I they’re so motivating because I love having nice notes and they want me to make nicer notes and then I just want it all to be nice and yeah!! notes!!
Like, they show you how to make effective notes that also look really nice and IDK about you, but when notes LOOK nice, I want to continue making notes??? Does that make sense??
Organise All Your Books / Study Topics.
I find that there’s something REALLY motivating about being organised?? Especially during studying. If everything is a huge mess then you’re never gonna wanna even look at it. Trust meeeeee, you’ll find that it resembles your life just a little too much and you’ll host scream:
abort!! abort!! abort!!
. . . and you’ll swim away like a flailing fish.
. . . yep I’M TALKING FROM EXPERIENCE.
For example, separating topic lists for subject with bulldog clips to make getting everything a lot easier!
So, do yourself the biggest favour you can and get organised!!
(you can thank me later)
If you get organised NOW it makes planning out your revision so much EASIER since you know where everyyyything is and you can quickly grab it and study for a bit, rather than sorting through a heap of books and then giving up when you can’t find it.
If you’ve read like one post from me you can see ALL THE GLORIOUS LISTS featured here. Watch out because you’re probably going to get literally bombarded with lists*
A list, on why lists are so motivating:
- You can plan out your revision plan of attack.
- It saves so much time.
- You have a clear structure to keep to (but stay flexible!)
- TICKING THINGS OFF IS SO SATISFYING.
- you don’t forget what to revise!!
- Did I mention TICKING THINGS OFF??
*”stop with all the lists!!!” They screamed. me: no.
The main things that I do to revise are:
- condensing notes that I already have, making them look super pretty and just like freaking out over different pens.
- Using flashcards to further condense and also using them for key word tests / quotes!!
- Mind maps. I’m not too keen on these to be honest?? and I haven’t really used them yet. But I think that once I’ve got condensed notes for a topic I will put them into a mind map at some point since I like to condense notes, and then condense them some more.
- I also make loads of notes on my computer!! I literally copy notes out to make revision sheets that I can they take with me wherever instead of having to lug 4376257 books around with me all the time.
<— This is an example, and as you can see this is extremely off-putting and demotivating.
This is basically a huge lists of all the key topics, words and concepts that I needed for an exam and were the absolute BASICS.
I did this to condense it all and then to smush it all on to revision cards and notes that were more lengthy didn’t go on here, but they went onto separate sheets that I can then put with this sheet once I print it out! <– obviously, this wont be good for everyone, but I just enjoy to mix it up!
My revision notes tips:
as you can see, the page on the right was my original notes, and then I changed them into the notes on the lest, which I find much more readable and something that im more likely to go back to!
there’s nothing wrong with colour, but don’t use about 358623 colours on one page as it will literally look like a rainbow vomited on there and wont be so inviting to look at.
make it look pretty with titles and cursive fonts as well as ball capitals. It makes things stand out from the page and separate up the test to make it look easier to read.
Make sure to group these together so they’re easy to refer to! This can be rubber bands, or bulldog clips, but I prefer the latter since they’re more reliable and they look cuter ❤
Do not revise for 4 hours straight. I’ve tried this, I’m pretty sure that we’ve all tried this. IT DOES NOT WORK. LIKE NO.
What I like to do (now that I’ve learnt what a “break” is) is revise for about an hour then take a 20 minute break. Sometimes less, sometimes more. It depends. I feel that revising for 20ish minutes then having a break for 5 or 10 minutes is too blocky and I don’t really get much done???
But then an hour gives me time to focus on one topic, make what I need, then I can take a break, then go back to the resources that I just made, test myself and reread notes, and then move on to the next topic.
Time Yourself!! Make sure that you do no over study!! set a timer for the appropriate length based on what you’re studying. For example: quotes/key words, (making flashcards and learning) = 30ish minutes. But recounting how hitler became chancellor (making notes, mind maps, timelines) = 1 hour/10-min-break/30-min-recap.
However, every person is different and you may find that working in short bursts is best for you, or not! But just remember to take breaks and not work or 5 hours straight because then your eyes go bloodshot and puffy and sfjgnkjgn you shut down (not. . . speaking. . . from. . . experience. . .here. . . )
I hope that this was useful! Was it? Do you have exams soon? How do you study?? What do you do to keep organised? How long do you study for before taking a break? Chat with me in the comments!!