How to motivate yourself to revise

Lacking motivation to revise? If you find yourself daydreaming about the Summer, brewing your fifth cup of tea of the hour, or worse aimlessly scrolling through social media rather than revising - you've come to the right place.

1. Start with something interesting

If you're struggling to get motivated, make your first task one of the most interesting or enjoyable. This will help ease you into it, allow you to find your flow, and get you in the right mindset for more challenging tasks. You're also more likely to retain information on subjects you enjoy so this a nice positive way to kick off your revision. Perhaps leave those quadratic equations until this afternoon?

2. Have a go at past papers

We know, we know. You’ve heard it before, but past papers are a great way to test yourself (that is, if you really are testing yourself, put that answer sheet away!) and track your progress. Don’t worry if your marks are low at first; use that to help you direct your revision and pick out areas you need to work on - you’ll be seeing encouraging progress in no time.

Check out the mark schemes to help you understand what examiners are looking for in your answers in terms of content and structure. Compare the example answers to your own efforts and identify how you can continue to develop your answers.

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3. Switch it up

If you’ve successfully highlighted every word on your flashcards and attempted enough past papers for one day, why not see if there are any podcasts or YouTube series that cover the topics you are studying? Revising through a range of methods can boost your productivity and improve information retention. Even better, this is one you can do on the go, so pop in your headphones and let your ears do all the work – listen on the way to class, on the train, or even lie in bed and learn!

4. Put on your revision playlist

Now, we’re not suggesting you turn your revision session into a karaoke party, but a bit of background noise can help to focus your mind and get your brain into gear.

Why not check out our revision playlist on Spotify here?

5. Reward your revision

It’s the nature of exam season that your social life will dwindle (it’ll be worth it in the end!), so you should make an effort to plan activities you can look forward to. Make sure there are plans on the horizon for the weekend, completely unrelated to revision, so that you can use that as motivation through the week.

You may be mourning the loss of your social life, and it can be really difficult to keep long-term goals in mind when you’re in the middle of a short-term struggle. Try to keep in mind the long summer you’re going to have after exams, and if all goes to plan, all the time you’ll get to spend with friends and family again.

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