NCS Revision Tips

ncs 14/04/2016
Revision season is here, so before you get started ready through our handy list of revision top tips

Let’s set the scene – you have an essay due tomorrow, and a massive exam creeping up the week after. That’s before you’ve even thought about that big project – you know, the one you haven’t started yet, which is due at the end of the month. Forget about 5-a-side football, band practice or that long lost friend you used to call HAVING FUN.

We hear ya. That’s why we’re here to say, chill. Take a moment. Smell the roses. Everyone’s gone through the gruelling process of having too much on their plate and what seems like never enough time to get it all done. But remember! Something called ‘summer’ – and your NCS programme – is just around the corner. So here’s the deal – we’ve complied a list of revision tips we think will help you tackle the Penguin Classics with the same energy that Batman tackles the...Penguin.

Take breaks

Yes, you read it right. There’s nothing better than taking a step back from all the madness and doing something you enjoy! Treat yourself by grabbing a cuppa, or go for a scenic walk. After your break, you’ll be suitably refreshed and ready to conquer the next study session. Why’s this a good idea? Well, if your brain is in constant study-mode, there’s bound to be a moment when you stop retaining any information. This article suggests studying for no more than 45 minutes at a time!

Stay away from social media

How often do we lose track of time when stalking our friends on social media? Or is that just us?! What started out as a quick minute can quickly turn into endless hours of watching hilarious (and not so hilarious) cat videos. Don’t waste precious time and instead, take a break from social media! That way you can do something that will stimulate the mind and get you energised for the long hours ahead!

Work out!

It’s not all about brain power – your body is a temple! Doing some form of exercise helps to release endorphins – that’s endorphins, not dolphins – which gets those neural pathways in working gear! So go for a lovely swim, do some relaxing yoga, get outside and walk like Wordsworth!

Fuel your body with REAL food

Yes, yes, you might be tired of the health advice already. But when it comes to eating, it’s all about the brain food, folks. Fuel yourself with all the necessary food groups that are proven to boost your thinking – like blueberries, broccoli and cottage pie! Maybe not that last one… Take a look at some other healthy snacks here.

Be organised

There’s nothing more stressful than not knowing what needs to get done and when things are due. Before you start, make a revision timetable that has all your upcoming assignments/exams with due dates for each. Set up a timeframe for when you’ll work on each subject, and on which day. We suggest colour-coding so you know what’s most urgent. And you know, life is always more fun with a splash of colour. Watch this video on how to make one!

Get comfy

Find a comfy spot with lots of space to study. Since there are so many distractions at home, we suggest going to the library. Plus, seeing other people in the same situation as you can be reassuring (and help you focus). It’s much better than being at home, and the LAST thing you want is to get envious of your younger sibling watching the telly! Invite a friend or two for some company and use some flashcards to test one another with questions.

And breathe…
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