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As you all know, exam periods have just begun and like many of you, I'm struggling to find the motivation and determination to keep me going.
I have three ancient history exams at GCSE level; one covering the Greeks at war, the second covers Hannibal and the Romans, and finally the last one being Cleopatra and women in politics. I'm not sure where to start, there is so much to remember, all the key battles and how the played out, the key figures within those battles, why they started and how they finished and so on. Then there are the authors; Polybius, Livy, Plutarch and Herodotus. I need to know the pros and cons about them as historians and whether their sources are accurate according to the texts.
I just don't know how to motivate myself, I've tried picturing the consequences of failure, and it just doesn't seem to motivate me! My brother is soon graduating from a computing degree from Durham university, I want to be like him so much, but it's incredibly difficult for me. I just need some revision tips and motivation, because nothing really goes in even when I do try. What sort of things could I write down on revision cards?
My history exams start on May 14th, time is running out and I keep telling myself "Every day of procrastination is another dent in my future prospects", but I am hopeless.
Go easy on me guys, I'm new here and like many of you, I only want to succeed in life, but find it somewhat difficult.
I think procrastination is largely a result of perceiving revision to be a chore. Just find a way of breaking up your revision into manageable and productive fragments. Doing insane amounts of revision rarely equates to better productivity, just make the most of your time, maybe make a revision timetable and vary your revision technique. Maybe- Mind maps, flashcards, audio sound bites, quizzes, some people (including me :P) sometimes make revision blogs or videos etc, as long as you keep your revision new and fresh, it won't become a repetitious bore that you try to put off! Good luck!