Brace Yourselves: Exams-are-coming!
Midst the winter delight; wrapped up in layers of blankets and endlessly sipping cups of hot chocolate, the thoughts of January exams are helplessly slipping from your mind. This sentence is easily the best representation of winter break for me thus far, I – like many of you – have been purposely avoiding my emails and exam timetables, convincing myself that one more day is sufficient before I once again face reality. With the days altering to become shorter and darker, this mindset is psychologically adopted by many of us; we justify our attempts to hibernate through the winter season. So, in light of this, I have decided to write this blog to encourage and invite you (and myself) to start revision and work to prevent us from once again feeling suffocated and highly anxious the day before university reconvenes. This blog will explore and introduce insights into efficient revision – winter style:
Let’s get organised: You can’t do any work if you don’t know what exams are up. Invest in a planner just like you have invested in a Christmas calendar and make sure to slot and scatter revision sessions throughout the course of your winter celebrations. This will increase the ease of your tracking of individual assignments and important due dates.
Be extra generous with your work incentives: Everyone loves being rewarded. It’s important to offer yourself incentives, no matter how small. It could be something as simple as a Christmas cookie or candy cane to boost your spirits and chances of passing your course.
Hard stuff out of the way first: This for me refers to all the maths involved in my Social Analytics module which I find unbelievably difficult. But, if buckling down and getting it done first will mean that the rest of the process is easier and more enjoyable then it might just be worth trying out!
Set realistic deadlines: Creating impossible revision missions will only increase your frustration and may even put you off the process as a whole. Thus, it is important that you remain kind and honest with yourself; setting achievable aims.
Hopefully, this insight into effective and efficient winter revision has motivated and encouraged you to start your revision sooner than later. Please feel free to drop comments and get in touch with me if you have any questions about my first term in the PAIS department. See you all soon in January!