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    Last year I didn't really go to lectures or even open up a txtbook during the year but I cram for a week before the exams and it works a charm. Now i'm in the second year kinda worried it wont work lol anyone else like me or am I weird?
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    Hahaha it's risky im doing alevels and don't really revise till the week before. Your not weird must just be naturally clever haah
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    (Original post by Company Commissar)
    Last year I didn't really go to lectures or even open up a txtbook during the year but I cram for a week before the exams and it works a charm. Now i'm in the second year kinda worried it wont work lol anyone else like me or am I weird?
    What subject you doing?

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    Hahaha it's risky im doing alevels and don't really revise till the week before. Your not weird must just be naturally clever haah
    This is what I did for A Levels 2 weeks absolute tops, never earlier. I don't understand why people start so early.
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    I know right if i start early i forget it all again by the time the exam comes anyway!
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    (Original post by xxchloexo)
    I know right if i start early i forget it all again by the time the exam comes anyway!
    I feel the same. Also, revising gives me anxiety about the exams to come so I'd rather wait until closer to the time, after I've gotten these 2 essays out of the way, so I can have less time to worry about it.
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    (Original post by sliceofcake)
    I feel the same. Also, revising gives me anxiety about the exams to come so I'd rather wait until closer to the time, after I've gotten these 2 essays out of the way, so I can have less time to worry about it.
    Yeah, i feel that i revise better closer to the exam when im more stressed about the exam because im fully concentrating then. Im suppose to be writing an essay but i missed all the stuff as i was snowed in so no idea what im doing haha.
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    (Original post by jobseeker92)
    What subject you doing?

    molecular biology
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    Yep, it's great. Some people need less time than others to do the same amount of revision.

    I always imagine the "I revise for 8 hours a day" people to be sat there with facebook open, texting their friends, mind wandering as they gaze out of the window, snacking on junk food; and the revision they do do is mostly unfocused reading, mindless note-taking, reorganising everything and making it all look pretty. Although I acknowledge that I might be completely wrong about these people, I'm just saying that's how I imagine a lot of people revise.

    Myself, I spend most of my revision period reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep, eating healthily, exercising; and the revision I do do is more focused on trying to really understand the subject, rather than seeing how many facts and figures I can remember. For example, I doubt/question everything I read. Another example: I try to explain things to people who know nothing about the subject. Or I have an imaginary conversation.

    That said, it probably depends on what you study. Also, I don't perform nearly as well as I potentially could in exams, but that's because I'm a slacker and I can't think of any reasons to work harder, so I don't.
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    To people who say they forget everything if they don't revise a week before, it is not because revising early is ineffective, revising consistently throughout the year gets you remembering everything as opposed to saying ''oh I'll just forget it until 1 week before exams'' 1week is not enough in my opinion and its bloody risky
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    (Original post by mindgames7)
    That said, it probably depends on what you study. Also, I don't perform nearly as well as I potentially could in exams, but that's because I'm a slacker and I can't think of any reasons to work harder, so I don't.
    I'm the same, always do okay but i know i could do better if i tried just can't find any motivation to actually work harder
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    (Original post by Robbie242)
    To people who say they forget everything if they don't revise a week before, it is not because revising early is ineffective, revising consistently throughout the year gets you remembering everything as opposed to saying ''oh I'll just forget it until 1 week before exams'' 1week is not enough in my opinion and its bloody risky
    True, I think my ideal performance level in exams would come when:

    - Sh.. I have a test this week! Better revise, fast! Organise, prioritise, panic, cram cram cram!!!
    - On the day of the test: oh wait, it's been postponed until next week. Phew, I really wasn't quite ready for that. Well I'm all hyped up for it now, I actually want to go and read some more about it.

    (Original post by xxchloexo)
    I'm the same, always do okay but i know i could do better if i tried just can't find any motivation to actually work harder
    Is it the not wanting to end up in a job where you're expected to work really hard thing? Or the not particularly wanting any money/possessions thing? I actually prefer to have less, certainly at the moment. Less stressful.

    I guess being a girl, you always have the backup option as well of marrying a rich guy if it turns out that you do want money after all!
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    (Original post by mindgames7)
    Is it the not wanting to end up in a job where you're expected to work really hard thing? Or the not particularly wanting any money/possessions thing? I actually prefer to have less, certainly at the moment. Less stressful.

    I guess being a girl, you always have the backup option as well of marrying a rich guy if it turns out that you do want money after all!
    I don't know, the grades i'm getting are good enough to get me where i want to go i guess, i should come out with AAB at alevel, so it's not like im completley failing. I actually do want a job that challenges me.

    Haha definitley wouldn't marry someone for their money, to independent for that hate relying on other people!
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    (Original post by Company Commissar)
    Last year I didn't really go to lectures or even open up a txtbook during the year but I cram for a week before the exams and it works a charm. Now i'm in the second year kinda worried it wont work lol anyone else like me or am I weird?
    What university are you at?
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    (Original post by therisenmitten)
    What university are you at?

    Queen Mary, why?
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    Cramming works best for me. If I start revising now like my friends have, over a month before the exam, I'd forget everything.
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    (Original post by Company Commissar)
    Queen Mary, why?
    Because your exams sound ridiculously easy.
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    Story of my life. I scrape by doing as little work as possible, then it gets to a week or so before an exam and I become a panic stricken and basically turn into some stressed, sleep deprived demon child who snaps at anyone who dares to disturb my revision.

    Basically, I end up looking like this:
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    Same goes for coursework.

    You think I would have learnt by now, but nope. But heh I've always got good results, so whatever. Sounds crazy, but I genuinely perform better when I'm under immense pressure and no I have no alternative but to do work
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    The view in psychology is that small chunks of learning that you test yourself on repeatedly over a longer period of time is a far superior way of learning than cramming.
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    I suppose I revise a lot in the weeks approaching the exam, but not at the same level of intensity as I do in the final week before exams. If that makes sense? So it's a mixture of revising steadily, then 'ramping it up' to that of almost the intensity experienced with cramming.
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    I hate people that do that then end up getting more marks than people who work really hard. But I guess it is what it is, some people need to work some people are naturally clever.
 
 
 
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