Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ok chances are if you are reading this it means you are revising, for your GCSEs or A Levels?!?! Well if you are, first things first, take a deep breath. Relax your shoulders and remember you are going to get through it and won't ever have to do these exams again. 

Exam season is an incredibly stressful time and I particularly found it very overwhelming. Especially GCSEs when you may have 2 exams in a day over a few weeks. Teachers put so much pressure on you to achieve top grades and to do X amount of hours of revision.
But please remember this doesn't last forever and in a few weeks you will be exam and revision free and then the world will be your oyster. 

It's hard to believe I left school 5 years ago now but I do remember the hours on end I would spend starting at revision books hoping some information would go in, especially after I spent most of my years in school never listening, and talking to my friends and being sent out of class. I had to learn and I had to do it quick. 

( Before getting started, turn off your phone. Your phone is like a time vortex, you get one twitter notification, before you know it you've scrolled through Instagram, Facebook, written three tweets, caught up on a group chat and watched 7 Youtube videos. )

First things first, get your hands on lots of coloured pens, sticky notes, highlighters, notebook and revision cards. 

Secondly, make yourself a huge exam calendar. Everything needs to be visual, use your pens to mark out when each exam is, what your lessons are and what you are going to revise on each day and how.

For example, do 3 mock science papers and some flash cards. 

Or in study break, make revision cards and test each other. 

Getting organised is so important to make you feel in control of you revision, there is nothing like that blind panic before you go into a maths exam, trying to read a 100 page book about a years worth of information. It ain't happening. You don't want to panic yourself.

Use your time wisely. If there is a time where you can't be reading or writing, like on your journey into school or college, then download a podcast to listen to. I used to do this all the time from the BBC bitesize website. Listening is a great way to learn, if you have a French oral exam, record your answers and listen back to them. 

As soon as you have completed one exam, tick it off your list, this is a great feeling and you will see how much progress you have made and how many more you've got to go, you're on the countdown now!

Use as many learning resources as possible. I used to partner up with my friends and we would teach each other. I was best at English but rubbish at Maths so I would teach my friends what I knew and they would explain maths to me. Talking and teaching helps you to digest information and keep motivated. 

Also use mock exam papers, I used to do these a lot, especially for science, then mark them yourself, you will see what topics you aren't great at so you can work on those some more. 

Ask your teachers to review your work as well, thats what they are there for at the end of the day. If you have written an essay ask them to mark it for you, also go and speak to them if you are stuck on subject, they will explain it for you, you don't need to be embarrassed you didn't listen the first time, they want the best for you too!

Lastly, give yourself a break in the evening. Don't spend every waking minute of you day studying. You need time to recoup and relax. After a certain amount of time you physically take in any more information. Have a bath and go to bed early. 

I really hope that information has helped at least one of you, and GOOD LUCK with your exams!! Don't let the pressure get too much, don't panic and don't forget it will be over in no time.

Lots of love, Beth xxx


  1. Amazing post! You couldn't write it at any better time. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions