May 28, 2016 - bellvue-admin - Student Life
It’s a fact that nobody enjoys revision, but it has to be done and you’ll thank yourself further down the road.
Thankfully Bellvue are on hand to help with some handy hacks which should make things that little bit less stressful.
Highlighters are your friend
Make sure that instead of just reading your notes or textbook, or just underlining things that you use a highlighter.
It might seem like a simple change, but colours have been scientifically proven to help you retain information.
Use sticky notes and colourful bookmarks to fully colour coordinate your revision material!
Not only will it hopefully help things sink in a little bit easier, but think of all the pretty colours!
Try to avoid all-nighters
It might seem like a good idea to stay up through the night and power through, but in the long term, you’ll regret it.
It’s been proven that a good night’s sleep can aid with better memory recall, so it’s all well and good having a textbook memorised from back to front at 4am on a Sunday night, but remembering it all during the exam is a different matter.
You also don’t want to risk falling asleep mid-exam.
Get some exercise
Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or as a study break getting out to do some exercise can really help get those brain juices flowing.
Even if it’s just a walk around the block to pick up some study snacks or having a go on those weights that have sat unused in the corner of your room.
According to the NHS, as well as obviously doing your body good, regularly exercising can be a great help to your mental wellbeing as well.
Repeat your notes back to yourself
You’d be surprised at just how much it can help to actually read your notes out aloud to yourself.
This is because of something known as the production effect, which you can read more about here.
Maybe best not to do this in the library though unless everyone else seems up for an impromptu study session!
Don’t listen to your favourite tunes
While listening to music can be a good idea, especially if you need to drown out some background noise, it’s a bad idea to listen to songs which you’re familiar with, as this will be distracting and you might have to fight the urge to sing along!
Instead, try listening to some new music, or perhaps some sort of ambient music.
Movie soundtracks can often be a good idea, and make you feel like a boss while you study.
Remove yourself from social media
As horrifying as it might sound, social media is one of the biggest barriers when revising, and it can be best to just get rid of it (only for a week or so!).
There’s also a host of apps available which will actually block distracting sites for you!
While the idea of being deprived of all those memes and cat pictures for a couple of days doesn’t bear thinking about, this really is one of the best tips we can give you.
Use Times New Roman
You may not have given much thought to which font you’re using to type up your notes, but did you know that Times New Roman has been found to be the quickest to read?
It may only make a marginal difference, but time is of the essence!
Get a change of scenery
If you’ve got on first name terms with the library staff, you know things have got out of hand!
A change of scenery can do you a lot of good, so why not take your laptop down to Starbucks and be that guy, or seek out an empty study room somewhere else in the uni?
Odd as it may sound, did you know that chewing gum can stimulate the brain? According to research carried out in Japan, chewing can affect up to eight areas of the brain, increasing alertness, helping sustain attention and improving reaction times.
And who are we to argue with science?
Just do it!
The hardest part about revising is actually getting going in the first place. It’s amazing how much stuff other than revising you’ll find to do, but once you actually sit down and start revising things will start to get a lot easier.