Unexpected Things That Can Help Your Revision

When it comes to revising for an exam, you will want to do everything in your power to maximise your chances of passing with the highest possible score. In the days, weeks or months running up to your big exam, you’ll be working tirelessly to retain as much information as possible. When you walk into that exam hall, you want to be filled with confidence, ready for whatever lands in front of you.

When it comes to your revision techniques, different people will favour different methods. While some will prefer to do things the old fashioned way, pouring over textbooks and making reams and reams of highlighted notes, others may prefer to listen to revision podcasts or practice their skills online with past exam papers. It is important to do what works for you, rather than worrying about what other people are doing. However, there are a few things you can do to aid your revision which you might not have already thought of.

Have a change of scenery
Sometimes it can feel as though time starts to stand still when you’re revising – trapped in the same room, behind the same desk for hours at a time. Studies have shown that students can benefit from having a change of scenery while revising – try moving to a different room half way through your revision, or maybe take your revision outside if the weather is nice!

Open some windows
When you’re sat in the same room revising for long periods of time, opening some windows can have a noticeable effect on your concentration and motivation. Letting a cool breeze in will make you feel much more alert.

Change your diet
While it may be tempting to treat yourself and gorge on junk food and fizzy drinks while you’re revising, this won’t benefit you in the long run. It has been proven that certain foods can be beneficial during revision, helping your productivity, memory, brain power and mood. Check out our blog post about brain foods to find out more.

Get some exercise
Another thing you can do to help you when revising is take regular exercise. Not only will exercise give you a well-deserved break from revision, the chemicals which are released into your brain during exercise can benefit your mood, attention span and motivation. It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous, something as simple as a quick walk around the block will still have a noticeable effect.
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