It’s that time of year again, the dreaded end of year exams. I want to just go places and drink cocktails in the sun but instead I’m stuck inside revising for hours on end, day after day. I think I speak for most people when I say I do anything I can to procrastinate, watching catch up TV or random YouTube videos. But I have to think of it this way. If I put in the hours now I can give myself the best chance of avoiding having to return for retakes because retakes means more revision and more revision means less summer and less summer means less time to go places and drink cocktails in the sun.
There are various techniques I employ to make my revision period as efficient and as…enjoyable…as possible. I have found that producing an exam timetable based on the dates of exams is a great way to impart some discipline during the revision period, structuring the days to make sure I spread out the hours between subjects and cover all ground. It’s also an opportunity to schedule sensible breaks throughout the day so my brain can take a rest and the (short) YouTube video spree can commence.
From my experience, bringing together friends from my course to make a revision group is another good way to keep up the concentration but also increase the efficiency. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses so having a group of people with me has meant revision has become a combined effort and we all get more out of it. They say teaching is the best way to consolidate your own learning and what better way to do that than with people you’re comfortable around? It also means you have people to join you for that well deserved post-final exam drink, as soon as you leave the exam hall of course!
So, granted, revising for exams may not be the most fun thing to do in the world but there are ways to make it easier and at the end of the day it’s got to be done because those exams aren’t going to pass themselves and those cocktails are not going to drink themselves!
Got to head off now, I have a cocktail party.