How to Fit in Revision During the Christmas Period

Revision may not always be at the top of your list of fun things to do, but it’s an essential part of studying. Effective revision and study are incredibly important if you want to be able to apply it when you need it most; just like in an exam.

The Christmas period is probably the hardest time of year to try and find time to revise, in between seeing family and friends and taking part in all the festivities going on around you. It’s easy to forget all about your revision, only for you to get to the end of the holidays and you’ve learnt nothing! Here at Pastest, our aim is to help you make the most of your spare time, even if it’s only a quick 15 minutes. Here are just a few tips to help you survive the festive period and still manage to revise effectively.

Plan ahead

While everyone is different in the way they revise, everyone will probably benefit from jotting down a rough timetable of various topics or areas of revision that you need to focus on the most.

This will help you highlight anything that you’ve missed and allow you to at least try and stay on track. You probably know by now which days will be a write-off when it comes to revision; Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day is probably a no-go, but the few days in between Boxing Day and New Years’ Eve could be put to use.

Being more organised and planning what you will do and when can help you to understand which topics may need more focus. Ideally, you should plan short bursts of revision throughout the day, instead of one 6-hour session. This can actually help you to remain more focused, and you’ll still have time to go out and enjoy yourself.

Get creative

If you know that you’re going to be on the move a lot over Christmas, visiting relatives across the country, it might be a good idea to look at your options. We have no doubt that you’ll have your phone or tablet with you; or perhaps you’ve even asked for one for Christmas!

The Pastest app helps you keep track of your progress and offers the chance to test yourself as you go; so that that car journey to your grandparents could be a lot more useful than you first thought! The offline mode allows you to download questions and mock exams to use, without using up all of your data.

Work with someone

It’s no fun locking yourself away in your room to do your revision; we bet all your fellow trainees are doing the same thing. Many people work better when they are in a group, allowing them to share notes and test each other along the way. This could be a great way of seeing your friends while also being productive; and definitely less boring than doing it on your own!

Whatever your plans are this Christmas, remember that even though you may have exams and assignments in January, it’s important to take some time off and enjoy yourself!

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