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Creating the Perfect Revision Environment

With so many subjects to study and exam dates looming, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to revision. Creating a space that is as revision-friendly as possible is the first step, but even this can be daunting to approach. Luckily, there are many tips and tricks to help you create an environment that will make you feel productive, motivated and ready to face the dreaded exam hall. 

 

Be Comfortable, But Not Too Comfortable

You’ll be spending a lot of time in your revision area, so being comfy is a must. You should be using a table or desk with enough space (dining tables are a great choice) and your chair should have enough support to stop your back getting sore. Don’t be tempted to work from your bed as this can make it a lot harder for you to get a good night’s sleep, meaning you won’t be as refreshed and productive the next day. 

 

Organise & Declutter

A messy environment is a stressful one. Before you even attempt to revise, you should make sure your space is neat and tidy. Give yourself enough room to work, and move any stray papers, books or notes out of the way. Having any stationary, supplies or snacks you might need handy will stop you getting up and disrupting your flow of work. When you’ve decluttered your space, try to keep it tidy so you can get to work straight away each revision session.

 

Manage Your Time

Sticking to a revision schedule is the best way to stay on track and make sure you’ve covered everything before the exam, so it’s important to manage your time properly. A clock should be visible from your work space, preferably a digital one. Avoid using your phone, and keep your revision schedule close by so you always know what you should be doing and how long to spend doing it.

 

Pay Attention to Noise Levels

When it comes to noise levels, everyone is different. Some people need absolute silence to work, others need some form of background noise to keep them on track. If you work best with limited noise, find somewhere quiet to set up your revision space. This could be your bedroom, the dining room, or even the local library. If you’re revising at home, make sure you let your family and friends know so they can keep the noise down. If silence isn’t for you, try listening to some relaxed music with no vocals. Movie soundtracks work brilliantly for this. Coffee shops can also be a great place to study, as long as distractions are kept to a minimum.

 

Limit Distractions

Distractions are everywhere, but there are some simple ways to help you keep them at bay and stay focussed on your revision. Your phone is likely the biggest distraction, and the easiest way to fight the temptation of replying to messages or scrolling through social media is to put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode (or switch it off entirely) and put it out of sight. Try putting it in a drawer or another room, or even giving it to someone else to look after until you’ve finished studying. If being apart from your phone is too much, or you are using it as part of your revision, you could try one of the many apps (such as Stay Focused) that block social media temporarily, so you can work through your revision without worrying about temptations. Switch off the TV, and make sure people around you know you’re working and need to focus.

 

Get To Work!

Following these tips is the easiest way to create an organised and productive study environment, and you’ll be able to focus on the revision itself. Remember to eat well, drink lots of water, get enough sleep and take plenty of breaks to ensure you keep your body and mind as healthy as possible to keep that productive and refreshed mindset.