Trying to find a quiet place to focus on your revision can sometimes be as hard as the revising itself. We've all been there, you're trying to revise and you have little siblings running around, TVs and PlayStations are on, your parents have friends round, and you've just about lost the will to revise.
Focusing can be very hard, but it is key in order to revise to the best of your ability. That's why we've put together some top tips to help you revise in a loud and busy household.
1. Talk to your relatives/housemates
Try and help your family members realise that studying consists of a lot of concentration and significant focus. Let them know how important it is to you to get into university and if you are going to have a shot at getting those grades, you need to be able to revise. Set boundaries and work out the best times you can revise with your family members and ask them to keep noise to a minimum during those times.
2. Listen to your favourite music while you study
Music is a great mood lifter and can really help motivate you whilst filtering out outside noise - even when revising the most boring work! Search for playlists on Spotify – there’s even one called ‘Music for Concentration’.
Listening to music doesn't work for everyone - some people prefer absolute silence. If you can't listen to music, have you tried just listening to 'noise'? There are various websites which will play endless white noise, many students find it's useful at blocking out external racket but isn't as distracting as music can be. Creepy or brilliant, you decide.
3. Transfer your revision battle station to the library
Most colleges and schools have excellent libraries. You may find that getting out of the house and into an environment that is dedicated to studying sky rockets your productivity levels.
Can’t get access to the library? Try reading in a park, studying at a friend’s house or a coffee shop - any such place where you are away from noisy distractions. During more noisy periods in these places, why not go for a walk around town and review the material.
4. Be honest with yourself.
Are you making excuses? Is it really that loud? Your lack of concentration could actually be due to lack of planning. Absence of pressure results in your mind wandering and therefore, it is easy to be distracted by any noises (especially those endless WhatsApp notifications). Why not take a step back and create a revision timetable? Set apart time for revision, sample questions, and coursework to help razor sharp your focus. Check every day whether you are following this schedule and tick off when you have reached a goal!