Last Minute Revision Tips

We've all been there.
You've left all your studying to the very last minute and you don't know how to heck you're going to cram all that information into your brain. I'm here to help!
P.S. I'm not going to tell you no to leave it to the last minute, we all know that tips is a lost cause!

1) Get into a sleeping routine
Seriously, you'd be surprised at how much more awake and focused you feel if you've had a good nights sleep. Also, waking up that little bit earlier could mean you eating some of that vital knowledge that is bound to be the big question of the paper. 
a) 10PM is the latest you can be awake. No, seriously guys. You're body needs at least 8 hours sleep to function of a good day, without exam stress. Ideally aim to be asleep by 10. This requires all gadgets and gizmos off by about 9PM, then chill out with a book or a magazine in bed, until you're pretty  sure you can drift off. AVOID caffeine after 5 o'clock, that stuff screws up your sleeping pattern like no other!
b) Wake up at a set time each morning, and don't sleep in on weekends. It gets easier once your body is in a routine, depending on when your school opens, set your alarm.
 Don't you dare get back into bed. That defeats the object.You need to be productive. With this extra time you could do some cramming, or exercise to get your blood flowing and body awake, or maybe just chill and watch some TV or Youtube to get your mind off that two hour exam you have. 

2) Plan what your doing
"Okay, so from 4:30-5:30 I want to do English.
Then from 5:30-7:00 I want to do History.
From 7:00-9:00 I want to do Math"

We've all said that we're going to revise all night, in reality we end up watching Friends for three hours and scrolling down to the very first video of every Youtuber ever. 
My advice, plan realistically and EXACTLY what you are doing. You're not going to withstand three hours of self-inflicted Math, no-one can. So, take it easy. Do what you know you can, and you know that you need to know. This way you won't feel disheartened when you don't do everything you wanted, too. 

Okay, so eating eight kitkats a day is something that my doctor would probably shake her head at, but you need to chill. 
Your brain needs to relax and unwind so it can process the information that it going in and hopefully retain it, otherwise it will probably go in one ear and come out another. 
After a 10- 45 minute break you can also test yourself on what you thought you'd learned. Its been proven
 that being able to recall without help is one of the best methods of properly retaining information. 
So, put ya' feet up love, have a cuppa' tea; then test yourself seriously. 

Revision playlists are like Marmite. 
They either work for you, or they don't.
For me, they help me chill and make last-minute cramming a little more fun and helps to actually focused and awake. Some of my personal study listens are Ed Sheeran's +, Bastille, Imagine Dragons and He is We. 
BUT, these do come with a few health warnings.
1) Nothing jumpy or bouncy or dancy. I think these lead to more in distraction than studying.
2) Not to loud. There is a reason why Libraries are silent.
3) If you aren't retaining the information, turn it off. You DO need to study, and if you have to forfit some study fun, it'll be worth it!

Stressing isn't worth it. 
It'll work you up to the point you'll barely be able to speak coherently. If you feel like you're too stressy, pull back, have some ice cream and don't think about it for a few hours.
You're going to do better if you don't stress. You'll end up thinking more about what you don't know than what you do know, and that will NEVER be beneficial for any one. 

I hope these were helpful, and hopefully on Monday I'll be back with a more beauty-type post :)
Nat xoxo

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