Rated and reviewed: social network revision tools

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student looking at phone

Social media can chew up your revision sessions faster than your fictional dog made it through your homework that time. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here's how to use it to win at revising

When it comes to revision, anything can be a procrastination partner. Your bed? So neatly made. Your clothes? Oh so clean and folded. Your shoes? Arranged autobiographically according to how you felt when you bought them.

So it's not surprising that social media can be one giant time-sink that sucks in all your carefully scheduled revision hours. Never fear, though: the top platforms can all be made to help you.  

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Facebook

Best for
Seeing many things at once

What you're using it for when you're not revising
You're not using it. Facebook is for people who watched Friends when it was actually on TV the first time around. Emojis are still big news to these people.

What to use it for now you're revising
Facebook is great for pulling lots of different resources together into a single place. You could follow different news feeds to get an overview of current affairs (very helpful if you're studying politics, business or economics), scour science sites, or join revision groups for different subjects.

Why? You'll see when they post different content to other sites, so you don't miss out, and as Facebook is also good for longer posts, there's often more detailed info – and conversations - there than you'll find on other platforms. This is one of those occasions when the wicked FB algorithms might help you, too, by suggesting other relevant revision content to investigate.

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Instagram

Best for
Inspiration

What you're using it for when you're not revising
Documenting your life in a carefully curated way while pretending that's not what you're doing – just like the rest of us.

What to use it for now you're revising
Revision accounts (like @sciencerevision) and some schools post visual revision aids daily, so you can use your feed like a constantly refreshing pack of revision cards to give you some inspiration.

Alternatively, you could follow more wide-ranging accounts like @iflscience or @subwaybookreview for a different perspective, or perhaps use Insta for personal inspiration: revision is tough and gets tiring, so following people you admire, or the top minds in your subjects, can give you a little lift when things are tricky.

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YouTube

Best for
Learning by example

What you're using it for when you're not revising
Pretty much everything.

What to use it for now you're revising
Everything else. The YouTubes can be wildly distracting but also wildly useful when revising. Musician? Get tips and info on everything from performance to theory. Scientist? Watch lectures, experiments and tutorials. Geologist? Look into volcanoes. Arts student? Catch seminars, interviews with authors and documentaries.

It's all there. If you're not already doing it, it's also worth investigating TED talks, which are great for just generally broadening your mind on all kinds of topics.

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Chat platforms (Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp)

Best for
Chat, obvs.

What you're using it for when you're not revising
Keeping in touch with everyone. Maybe the odd big eyes filter to hide your CRAZED REVISION STARE. 

What to use it for now you're revising
The same, really, but with added revision. Twitter can provide inspiration from top minds, just like Insta can, and there are revision communities to follow as well as general knowledge accounts like @BBCideas. WhatsApp and Snapchat are good for talking to your friends, coordinating remote group study sessions when you're all at home, asking questions and generally sharing the revision load.

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Forums (Reddit, TSR)

Best for
Discussing topics

What you're using it for when you're not revising
GoT fan theories and relationship advice.

What to use it for now you're revising
Everything from making revision timetables, exam technique, fact checking and moral support. Reddit can be a bit like the Wild West but it can also be a good place to find challenging ideas on a range of subjects; just don't look at anyone strangely or mention that the Earth is definitely, totally, unquestionably round.

Finally, our very own forums can offer the support and subject knowledge that you're looking for. There's lots of subject-specific support here, GCSE discussions here and A-level ones here. You can use them to talk with your fellow students about how you're feeling, what's working for you, what isn't, and generally remind yourself that you're not alone. Which is ultimately what all social media is for anyway.  

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