My revision experience so far…
It’s now several weeks into revision and I am fully sandwiched between preparing for exams and actually sitting them!
My first exam is a Spanish oral this week and to say I am nervous is the understatement of the century. I’ve always loved learning presentations for languages as it gives me a chance to properly show off my skills. However, this oral exam also includes a lot more speaking time on unknown topics and general chit-chat; something I’ve never really had to do before. Learning your presentation is not always a good idea as it makes you appear more rigid in your speaking, but I’ve always preferred to do it this way so that I start the exam off feeling confident. As for the general conversation, I’ll have to let you know how that goes!
My notes and revision for my linguistics modules are still on track (surprisingly!) so I’m feeling fairly confident and up-to-date with all of that work. I’m sure everyone has heard a million times that making a revision timetable is the key to success but I have 100% relied on it during these past few weeks and I don’t know where I’d be without it! Having a rigid plan to my revision means I’m not missing anything out and I can clearly see my development. However for some people it may work better to start off with the topics that you struggle the most with as then you have more time to get your head around them and even ask the lecturers questions. For me though, a revision timetable is an absolute necessity.
Moving onto a more social aspect of the revision period, it may shock some people to know that I’ve still managed to go on several nights out in Leamington with my flat. Although this is definitely a bad idea if you’re behind with revision, if you’re keeping up-to-date it’s definitely a perfect way to let off some steam and enjoy yourself: it is your Freshers year after all! However, one thing I have been struggling with is eating healthily. I follow all the Instagram healthy eating accounts and try to keep myself motivated to eat proper food, but this is all a huge ask when your entire day is dedicated to sitting at a desk. So I’m not ashamed to say I may have binged on a Domino’s or two and stocked up on tea and chocolate biscuits! I find it easier to revise knowing I can treat myself afterwards and the idea of preparing loads of healthy meals doesn’t appeal to me when I’m stressed. The main thing is making sure you drink lots of water to keep your mind working at its best and to not skip meals: food = brain power. Also a walk now and again throughout the day keeps you awake and alert, meaning you can finish those notes even earlier!
So last of all, good luck to anyone sitting their exams in the next few weeks! Stay calm, stay positive and stay confident!