When it gets to December, there are two types of student in the world; those who drown themselves in tinsel and those who drown themselves in tears. The question is which is more important, the Christmas festivities or the soon-to-be onslaught of January exams? Exhausted by the 14 lengthy weeks of the autumn term, the Christmas break seems to shine like a Christmas star in the distance. Unfortunately there is always a little voice in the back of mind reminding you that Christmas isn’t all about mince pies and stuffing, the textbooks will have to make an appearance at some point … Read on to find out the best ways of ensuring a balance between the two!
My favourite thing to do before I begin revising is to stock up on brand new stationary. Somehow conjugating the irregular verbs of the French subjunctive does not seem so bad when you’re doing it in a bright pink glittery notebook. Also try and make sure your notes are neat and ordered. This just makes you feel more confident and organised with your revision.
Break, break, break
At the end of the day it is a Christmas holiday, and you do need a break. Here, I’m not just talking about five minutes in-between subjects; you will need to take some days completely off. I would suggest a couple at the beginning to rejuvenate after the long term, a couple over the Christmas period itself (I’m not really going to ask you to stay up till midnight on Christmas Eve with a Chemistry book in your lap- after all when would Santa be able to come then?!) and finally a couple just before the exam period begins. This will ensure you are rested and ready for the January period, as well as giving you some motivation whilst you are revising.
With your breaks sorted, you should have an accurate idea of how much time you have left to dedicate to studying. Write a list of everything you have to cover and allocate a certain amount of tasks to do on each day. This will make sure you are always on top of your work and you are guaranteed to finish everything you need to by the exam season. Additionally, you will wake up each day with a clear idea of everything you need to achieve in that day (tip: once each task is done, cross through it or tick it off- hopefully giving you a sense of accomplishment and release).
Bring a friend
Revising on your own in your bedroom when everyone else is busy ice-skating or carolling together can become lonely. Try and go to a library or arrange meetings with your friends. Whether you can help each other with your respective subjects or not, you will be a source of motivation for each other- and you can catch up on all their gossip during your breaks!
Whatever you do to motivate yourself this winter, make sure you don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Yes, the exams are important, but the Christmas period is the best time of the year to demonstrate to you what really matters- family and friends. Yes, try your best, but at the end of the day you can’t do any more than this.