Sunshine ruining revision? Sugarhouse study tips.
Sun ruining revision? Sugarhouse study tips.
So it’s that time of year where students stop having fun and actually buckle down for 3 weeks of hell. The whole charade is exacerbated by the fact that the sun, after 11 months of lying dormant, reappears to torment those trying to get their work done. It brings up a hefty debate; whether to lay out in Hyde Park revising, risking productivity, or to remain pasty ahead of the summer holidays?
Now we’re no academic experts, but we have certainly all dabbled with our fair share of procrastination when greeted by these sorts of Uni situations, so here’s our six Sugarhouse tips to help you minimise wasting your very valuable time.
Social media cold turkey.
Getting a like, a retweet or a favourite is great, it gives you a sense that what you’re talking about is shared amongst the opinions of others. However, if you’re instagramming a picture of yourself revising in the sun, it’s very unlikely you are actually revising. You need to go "cold turkey" from social media throughout your revision day – try to disable notifications on your phone, or if you're particularly struggling, change your passwords and give them to a trusted friend. You will be amazed at how productivity increases.
Ditch the time wasters
Isn’t it fun to hang out in the sun with your friends, eating ice cream and chatting about the edgy outfit you’re going to wear to the summer ball this year? Not when you’re revising. We all have friends who are worse than us at concentrating. Ditch them for a few precious hours, they will only slow your productivity down. Don’t be a loner for the week though, make sure you schedule time in with coursemates to quiz each other and reinforce what you’ve learned alone.
As above, make sure you schedule some time in to reinforce what you've learned with your fellow coursemates. It may be a skill to write out the same old notes again, but explaining what you know will help it sink in – plus it might make you feel good knowing you're absorbing far more than your mates!
It's not all about the work, you need to take some nice long breaks too. Make sure you schedule time to relax in between your revision sessions. Catching up with social media and emails are one way, but it won’t clear your head. Exercise is a great way, you'll get the endorphin rush that comes with keeping fit, and best of all you'll feel nice and sleepy in the evenings instead of lying awake buzzing off Red bull and e-numbers.
If you’re the type of person who works best at home behind a desk or huddled behind a desktop computer, then don’t spend the day laying awkwardly in the sun trying to read a partially-relevant textbook. Tried and tested is the best way, so stick to your guns and revise in the best way you know how.
If all else fails, just be positive. It’s unlikely you’re going to ace every exam, (If you do you’re a very clever freak), so manage your time effectively and work hard. Regardless of how you do, you can look back and feel that you did your best.
Best of luck to all of those with exams this month!