ORGANISE ALL NOTES: I’ve learnt the hard way that the notes you take from your years lectures and seminars, are going to be your lifeline for revising. Some of my notes are gold, but others lack the understanding of the subject. The more clear I’ve been or thorough the more helpful it is. Regardless, sorting all of the notes I have, or collecting the missing ones has been thoroughly helpful. I put them in a lever arch file and have been adding to this each day with new notes. I’ve my Politics and History of Journalism in one folder with a divider in the middle. I put my reading lists, with all the pages and books according to lecture/subject in the front and then work through the folder in almost chronological order. I’ve learnt for next year to make more of an effort in note taking for future reference.
THE STUDY SKILLS BOOK : I was having a lot of trouble with my grades at the beginning of the year, so enlisted this book. You can buy it on amazon here [LINK] Basically I wish I bought this before I started university, it tells you everything, from day one, to dissertations. No matter what you’re studying it covers it, it has lots of tips, tricks, little facts, guides, easy to read sections, all at your disposal. Its been so helpful with my studies. Even a exam prep guide telling you how to sleep better, what vitamins to take. Its so helpful and helped massively with everything to do with university.
WHAT ELSE?! My day to day routine on a revision day, is wake as early as possible. Start fresh, wake early, eat a good breakfast with a pint of water. Get your brain functioning well. Dont wear PJ’s, its tempting but puts me in lazy mode. I have a pint of water sitting next to me whilst I get studying to keep sipping. The aim is two litres daily, I’ve been doing so whilst revising and its helped massively, I feel so much more healthier and helps you feel so much more alert.
I ensure I have a lunch hour, to eat a good lunch, catch up on things like emails, social media and my phone then go back to revising. Otherwise I could stop so easily then. I do take things a little easier in the afternoon but only slowly.
Eating healthily, a clean room, window open, sun shining through. Perfect!