Christmas revision tips for uni students
Do you have an exam coming up in January? Worried about fitting in revision around the festivities? Use our study tips to ensure you make the most of the Christmas holidays and properly prepare yourself for university assessments.
Creating a schedule
You can’t deny yourself time to enjoy holiday celebrations, but you don’t want to be sidetracked by Christmas parties and activities. Create a realistic schedule that prioritises your studies but makes room for fun.
Consider treating revision like a job for the Christmas holidays. Study 9-5 Monday-Friday, but give yourself Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day off.
However, remember that you’ll need to have regular breaks while studying. Give your brain a chance to consolidate all the information you’re taking in by relaxing for ten minutes per hour. That means sitting quietly and maybe having a snack – not watching the TV or playing a game!
Decide beforehand what topics you will study each day to ensure you cover everything. Keep the structure that your lecturer used – they address subjects in that order for good reason – but place more focus on the areas you find most difficult.
Eliminate an excuse to procrastinate by setting up your work space at the start of the day. Find a comfortable area to work, surround yourself with stationery and notes, and get yourself a glass of water. Keep all your revision materials neatly filed so you can easily find the information or resource you’re looking for.
A good night’s sleep helps your brain store information, so staying up late cramming can do more harm than good. Get at least eight hours’ sleep each night to boost your memory, and you’ll be more alert for the day ahead too.
If exam stresses are keeping you awake, take an hour to unwind before bed. Avoid screens, bright lights, caffeine, exercise and eating in this time – consider taking a bath or listening to relaxing music instead.
Varying your studying techniques is the best way to stay focused and improve your learning. Don’t just pore over text books for hours at a time: create flash cards, watch videos, work in study groups and create helpful graphics.
One of the most useful strategies is taking past papers under exam conditions. This should build your confidence and give you a good idea of where your weaknesses lie, both in terms of knowledge and time management.