Hey! ive been gone for SO long, ( i apologise) but one of my followers ( hi jess ) asked me for advice on revision, as GCSE exams are starting soon! so its only appropriate i created an article on it!
Just to clarify, I'm 17 and i only did my GCSES last year, so I'm probably not the top advice giver your going to come across, but regardless, lets get into it!

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give yourself time to study.

Theres nothing worse than last minute anxiety, it generates problems even bigger than you anticipated, and its also the equivalent to doing no studying.

To help sort out your time management, set up a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organise your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.

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organise your study space before you start.

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight?

Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence, for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.

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use flow charts and diagrams ( visual )

Visual aids can be really helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already know about a topic - and then highlight where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes into one-page diagrams. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to quickly recall everything you need to know during the exam.

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practice old exams.

I cant even address to you how much this helped me last year. Doing this gets you used to answering the similar questions, and the mark scheme and exam boards style. and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.

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explain yourself to others.

Parents and little brothers and sisters don't have to be annoying around exam time. Use them to your advantage. Explain an answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.

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Don't ditch other activities!

This is so easy to do when hooked on studying. Slowly students find themselves in a situation where they cut everything else out their life. self care is important too! if you take part in a sport, make time for it! if your friends organised a shopping trip, go! don't pin yourself down to studying, its not healthy and you deserve breaks. Take the dog for a walk, go for a run, meet with your bestie for a coffee.

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Organise a study sleepover, day with friends!

Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

This also allows you to socialise and understand your not the only one who is sitting the exam, have breaks, face masks, and of course- PIZZA!!!

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Take regular breaks.

While you may think it's best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn't try and run 24 hours a day. Likewise, studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps.

Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if you're more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening.

Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain.

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Brain food.

You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don't have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day - eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem appealing, but your energy levels will crash an hour later.

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plan your exam day.

Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don't know the way, or what you're supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time. If possible, do a test run of the trip. If not, write down clear directions.

Work out how long it will take to get there - then add on some extra time. You really don't want to arrive having had to run halfway or feeling frazzled from losing your way. You could also make plans to travel to the exam with friends or classmates, as long as you know they're likely to be punctual.

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drink WATER.

As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.

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if your sitting your exams soon, good luck! and try not to panic, because it will all be worth it in the end! Remember- you get out what you put in.

read the article below where i share my studying playlist!

Have you read my last article?

https://open.spotify.com/user/7yji2naknz8927pballhiuxn7?si=qsmu3CDXTb6OQvw8Lwppog
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See you soon!!
xxx