Whether you are revising for exams or trying to get coursework completed, working is one of the least favourite things for any student to do, I mean, why can’t you analyse Jeremy Kyle instead of Citizen Kane, what is up with that? Anyway, we all know you need to complete your work, even though you may need some helpful revision tips, to help you out, so we have some tips on how to get you through this horrible experience as quickly and efficiently as possible, and how to get your work done!
Quizlet, Studyblue and Cram are just some of the great websites out there that let you create and print your own Flashcards. Easier than having to write them all out by hand, you can just copy and paste from your notes and ta-dah! A flashcard! Flashcards are fantastic at trying to remember small and concise information, perfect for Science students like Psychology who will have to remember a lot of theories! Eek!
If you just need to spend an hour of Google to feel like you are taking a break from work, try Googling things related to your coursework or subject? It may seem odd, but actually browsing on Google for things that kind of interest you will make the whole process a bit easier. And, you may find some great gems out there to include in your essay! Research, we’ll call it researching!
There are websites and apps out there that will block certain website and addresses you put in for a certain period of time – you get to choose. This is a great idea if you just find yourself scrolling down on your news feed at cats in shark suits or seeing what is trending at the moment. Procrastination is not a good idea when there are deadlines! You’ll have to keep yourself on track somehow!
If you do get a lot done, or you finally understand something that you have spent all year drawing questions marks at, then give yourself a reward! Chocolate, a cup of tea or watch an episode of one of your favourite programmes. Whatever, makes you feel like you have accomplished something is great. Remember, allowing yourself to feel rewarded for your hard work will make you work just as hard next time.
Set up alarms on your phone or computer to get your schedule on track. Working in short intervals and having small breaks is extremely effective in you remembering the information and let your brain working to its maximum.
If you need to take a break every 7 minutes, or a cup of tea on the hour then do it! Don’t revise or write under everyone else’s instructions. You need to take charge of your own schedule and working atmosphere in preparation for university when it becomes more independent. If you need to lie down or wear your Toy Story pyjamas to really understand this mathematical problem, whatever the case, it works for you!
How about that little ‘Hang in there’ kitten? Or your own motivational pictures, quotes and songs to keep you going. Don’t give up at the first hurdle or you’ll regret it later and that is never a nice feeling. When you do finish the work the feeling of accomplishment will be unforgettable and spur you to carry on!
If it is becoming too hard to carry on, work out how much is left to do. The minimum amount of revision, or subjects covered that day/week, or how many words you need to write. Knowing how close you are to your deadline will cheer you on to complete it instead of giving up completely!
Sometimes when there is a lot of work in front of you, the idea of working is a lot worse than actually doing it. If you set up goals, rewards and a schedule then it won’t seem that bad in the end!
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