Article written by Sinead B, University of Exeter graduate and current GDL student.
Create a revision plan and structure your days to feel more organised. Factor in time for breaks so that you feel more motivated and less stressed.
Studying for long periods of time isn’t as effective as studying with intervals as it is more difficult to sustain concentration. Structuring your time also makes tasks feel more manageable.
Working out is a good supplementary revision tool which can help reduce stress and release endorphins. This also has the effect of improving sleep which will benefit your memory and ability to work.
Having a good sleep schedule is essential for your well-being. Staying healthy, hydrated, and having a regular sleep schedule will positively impact your work.
Going outside for walks can improve your mood and help you to concentrate. Sitting in the sun has the benefit of vitamin D absorption and helps you to feel more relaxed.
Try to limit the amount of time spent on your phone so that you can concentrate better and are free from distractions.
It is important to set up your study space where you’re comfortable and can concentrate the most e.g., on campus, the library, or cafes. A lot of people prefer the background noise and music of cafes whilst others prefer complete silence.
Meeting up with your course mates and working together on problem questions, essays, and exam papers is an efficient way of consolidating your knowledge. You can also book study rooms on campus.
It’s a good way to feel less overwhelmed as you can talk out how you’re feeling about your exams with your friends.
Creating posters, mind-maps, and revision cards helps to make revision more interesting and can also help you to remember key facts, dates etc.