5 tips for studying success

I felt like I haven’t written a studying post in so long! However now that we are on the final stretch of revision before exam season, my posts will mirror this with an increase in revision content. I think that a lot of people like my college work posts and it seems to help a lot of people, so I’m hoping this helps you too. Whether you are just starting GCSE’s or doing your masters, I’m sure you can reflect these tips into your studying life. These have really helped me so heres to hoping they do the same for you too.

Do not make a revision timetable

Now this point is one very specific to me and I know that a lot of people love making them, but for me I just can’t stand them. I made one for GCSE, it took me ages and then it made me feel so under pressure to conform to a time set. I honestly think it made the quality of my work decrease as I spent half the time rushing. My brain doesn’t work in short bursts and instead I spend long amounts of time on tasks, so that why a timetable doesn’t work for me. It only made me feel bad when I agreed to that spontaneous meal out with my family or spent an extra hour on my homework that I didn’t anticipate. Instead I don’t set myself time constraints and just make a list of everything that I want to get done that day… then start it! I often tell myself that I wont stop until my entire list is done but thats just dependent on the size of the list and how achievable it is, often its really not! Making a list is more individualised in my opinion as I can do what I want each day and tailor it to how I feel, if I don’t fancy doing a certain subject I don’t have to!

 

Do homework first… and extra

This is probably my biggest tip for people who need to up their revision game but don’t know how to, as it 100% works. If you put your all into set homework instead of just quickly completing a worksheet then you are actually doing the compulsory work but also revising as well. Lets take an example… if you had a worksheet you needed to finish for homework then think to yourself that the homework is larger and set more time aside for it. So do the homework, but also read the chapter of the textbook and make some notes on the section. Or if you have some questions set, maybe do a few more than asked of you by the teacher? These little changes will help your revision so much and although they are more time consuming in the short term you will come back to revise before the exam and know so much more just by putting a little extra effort in each evening. Once I started doing this it completely changed my grades and my attitude to revision as it doesn’t actually feel like you are revising.

 

Work out what you actually need to work on

This is a really important point because its one thing revising, but its another thing actually revising what you need to know. Sometimes you don’t have a clue what you don’t know (because you don’t know it!) so I would recommend printing off your course specification from online. I always go through it and highlight everything I don’t know or need to work on, and then focus on them sections. There is no point going through things that you completely understand, as they only need a refresh a couple of days before the exam. Use your time wisely and actually learn something that you don’t know instead of repeatedly going over the easiest sections!

 

Group chats (or just friends in general…)

Most people would say the opposite point and tell you to turn your phone off but I am going to completely contradict that and say to keep your phone on. Obviously I don’t recommend starting to revise and then scrolling through Instagram for an hour (although we are all guilty of that) but use your phone wisely. My top tip is to create a group chat with your friends from class and actually utilise it. I have them for all of my subjects but use the economics one the most. Its so useful to talk to people who are doing the same homework as you and actually help each other, or organise times where you can do work together. Even if its just to laugh at everyones misery sat doing a worksheet at 11pm the night before, its worth making friends in your class where everyone is in the same stressed boat.

 

Find what works for you

This is the last point and I think the most important. What works for one person doesn’t work for everyone, and you have to spend some time finding what is right for you. I’m a visual learner so midmpas work great for me, but theres zero point in spending an hour making a mindmap if you are an auditory learner and learn best from watching a lecture on youtube and listening to a teacher talk. Even if its not the same as everyone else you know, find your methods and stick to them! Even if it takes you a couple of weeks of trying and testing different methods, I’m 100% sure that you will eventually find one that works perfectly for you and your needs.

I really hope that these tips have helped you, even if you just use one of them between now and the exams. If you have any requests for more studying related content please let me know because I really want to do more and more during the run up to exam season.

15 Comments

  1. March 4, 2018 / 9:21 am

    I really like your study tips! When I was still studying at uni I found that the best way to move on when I got stuck was to put on some loud music and just forget about studying for a while 💃✨

    • March 4, 2018 / 9:45 am

      I love that! I always put on some music if I’m feeling bored or unmotivated and it always seems to get me back on track 🙈

      • March 4, 2018 / 2:24 pm

        It’s the best idea! Especially on Fridays when Spotify updates the New Music Friday list. I’m addicted 🎧🙈

  2. March 4, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Love your study tips! I found making lists at the beginning of a revision day is more effective and put less pressure on you than a regimented revision timetable. Anything on my list I don’t manage to get to I just migrate to the next day!

    • March 4, 2018 / 11:33 am

      I’m exactly the same! I find it so much more flexible than a timetable! Xx

  3. March 4, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Totally agree in not making a revision timetable! I’m at university now and I have never, ever been able to stick to one! Great tips!!!!!

  4. March 5, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I’m sat studying now and was thinking of creating a blog post, though instead I found this post and you’ve helped me with these tips so thank you! Loved it 🙂

    • March 5, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much! This comment means a lot, hope you are motivated to study some more now 💖

  5. March 6, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Thank you for the tips! It’s actually kind of strange because the opposites of what you recommend really work for me at the moment, but of course we’re all different and have our own personal tastes!
    I’m currently doing my IGCSEs, and the revision timetable has really saved my soul. I never put times on my revision timetable because I know I’ll never be able to stick to that, but just including the topics and amount of work I need to cover that day really helps me ensure everything is covered efficiently 🙂
    I also personally find my friends distracting because we all end up procrastinating together! xD but it is helpful when I’m struggling in a subject I know my friend knows really well, and we help each other 🙂
    Great post!

    • March 6, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Thank you so much for such a lovely and in depth comment, they are my favourites! I’m so glad a timetable is working for you, they work for so many people I know but for me they feel so restrictive! 💖

  6. April 25, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    I really liked your point about not just focusing on the easy stuff that one already knows. I mean, it feels good to review something and already know it but it leaves us open to the gaps in our knowledge. The technique of high lighting what I don’t know will be used in the future. Thank you for an informative post.

    • April 30, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you for such a nice comment! I’m glad you found the post helpful!

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