I am just coming to the end of the Easter half term. It's been great, for two weeks I've had lay-ins and read as much as I wanted. Except, I couldn't. I had half term revision and homework to do. With just 6 weeks until my first exam, there isn't much time to sit back and relax. My teachers set me 10 maths past papers, 35 ancient history questions and a 1000 word essay for English. It's been a struggle and at times all I've wanted to do is sit and do nothing but I managed it. Here are my tips for doing homework/revision in half term (or for any time during the year.)
1) Make a plan
A great way to help you get through your mountain of revision or homework is to create a timetable. If you can't stick to it (just like me) I would recommend creating one anyway as it can help to remind you what you have to do. Or if that is too time consuming for you a simple to do list every morning can work just as well. Ticking things off is so satisfying!
When you have a lot to do, it can be hard to know where to start. The best way to combat this is to prioritise. See what is due in first, what exams are first and what you are struggling with and decide what your priority is. Then do whatever that is first. At least then you get the most important stuff done just in case you don't have time to do it all.
3) Make it fun
Trying to stay interested in your work is hard and failing to do so can lead to procrastination. To combat this I like to make my doing my work more fun. I use colours, mind maps, note cards and record notes on my phone. This variety helps me to stay interested and focused for longer thus allows me to get more work done.
4) Don't forget to relax
Although completing all the work you have is important, it is also important to take time to relax. If you don't, you can go crazy. How long you do it for is up to you but I try to stop after a certain time in the evening, take regular but short breaks during the day and when I have a long time off (like the Easter half term) I like to dedicate a few days to doing something that is not work related. Overworking yourself can have negative effects on your work and your health. Remember that your health is more important that your education and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
I hope this has been helpful. Let me know your revision tips, suggestions or questions in the comments below.
Note: If you ever need feel work is affecting your health talk to a trusted adult straight away.
Hi, I'm Megan. I'm a 17 year old from England. This year I have decided to do something different so have set myself challenges of 18 things to do before I turn 18.
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