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Study Technique

January 27, 2016

I’m sorry that it’s been a while since my last post – this really isn’t what I’d intended for the beginning of a New Year. Unfortunately, at my sixth form, mock exams take place immediately after the holidays and as a result I haven’t had the time to write a single thing, however much I'd have liked to. The only real benefit of my recent workload is the series of techniques that I've developed in order to keep my stress to a minimum and remain as productive as possible. Today I thought I'd share some of these with you, in the hope that they prove useful when your exams come along...

--  One of the most important things to remember is to start early. It's so much easier to do a couple of hours of revision a day than to attempt to learn your entire course overnight. 

--  Making a plan can make a large workload seem a lot less overwhelming. Create a short list of achievable goals and focus on one task at a time. 

--  The SelfControl app allows you to create a 'blacklist' of the websites that distract you from revision and then blocks them for however long you choose. 

--  Creating a revision playlist can help to get you into the mood to revise, as well as make your revision seem a little less dull. Ideally, the playlist should only contain instrumental pieces, but I've been enjoying listening to this instead. 

-- Leaving pep talks in revision notes can be useful when you get bored or need reminding of what you're working towards. It might seem strange but, suprisingly, it helps.

-- Don't overdo it. Remember to take care of yourself: go easy on the caffeine (get enough sleep instead!), stay hydrated and take breaks when you need to. 

What motivates you to keep studying?

Goals & Resolutions | 2016

January 3, 2016

It seems like only a few months ago that I prepared to share my goals and aspirations with you for 2015. Since then, the year has flown by and, once again, I find myself excited at the prospect of starting afresh and improving my life in whatever way I can.

These are my goals for the upcoming year...

Stay hydrated. For a while last year I managed to drink 2 litres of water per day and really felt better for it.

Exercise. Although I enjoy going to the gym, I struggle to fit it into my weekly routine. This year, I'm going to try and make room for at least a couple of hours there per week.

Read more. I used to be a really keen reader, but at some point during high school I stopped. This year, I've set myself the target of reading one book per month - I know it may not seem like much, but it's the first step towards getting back into the routine.

Continue to go to concerts. To go to as many concerts as possible was one of the few resolutions I managed to keep last year and I'm determined to do the same in 2016.

Limit social media. I won't be disappearing completely, but I'd like to take a break from time to time. I tried this for a few weeks last year and was much happier.

Redecorate. I seem to have been 'in the process of' redecorating my bedroom for years now. I'm so close to finishing and am desperate to do so this year.

Be creative.  A couple of hours spent painting towards the end of last year reminded me of the importance of having a creative outlet. I'm keen to not only start drawing again, but to write too.

Document. Although technology and social media can be wonderful, I often find that my memories get lost in the midst of hundreds of tweets and an overflowing camera roll. This year, I'm going to buy a scrapbook, so that I can document my memories as they're made.

Have confidence. In all aspects of my life.

Blog consistently.  I'm going to try my best to create a realistic uploading schedule that will allow me to create and publish content that I'm truly happy with on a regular basis. 

Happy New Year!