Struggling with revision and stress, advice? Watch
Sorry that this was really long, but I really want to know if there's anyone in a similar situation or if anyone has any advice they can give to overcome these little problems.
Just to summarise: I haven't started revising, I'm trying to juggle multiple activities alongside school, my parents have high expectations and in exams, everything falls apart. Help!!!
- Create a revision timetable. This doesn't have to be anything massive, but you should aim to revise about 30 minutes to an hour every night, if not more. Do this after your homework - however, you should make revision a priority over a less important piece of homework for which your exam is in not too soon. Your teachers should understand. Don't use this as an excuse not to do homework though.
- You say that you have mandatory activities outside of school - can you elaborate on what these are? You really need to make a choice as to whether to continue doing these activities and therefore do less revision (for exams which will stick with you) or to spend more time on revising. Again, your activity organisers should understand that GCSEs are more important than not doing golf, for example, for a few months.
- Don't compare yourself to your friends. Just because they say they have done lots of revision doesn't mean they have done - they may not be revising very efficiently, or they may be getting distracted by their phone during revision. Focus on yourself, or else you will waste time thinking about what you could be doing (as in what your friends are doing).
- I would recommend making flashcards with questions and answers on each side to help test recall. Hopefully, you did this as time passed in year ten, but if not, you still have time.
- Your parents seem to be naive if they are forcing you to get grades that you cannot achieve. Again, don't let this stress you out - at the end of the day, if you begin to revise now, you will get higher grades, and you will be more satisfied with them (and so will your parents) than if you continue to procrastinate. Therefore, my biggest tip is to get on with it (in the nicest sense).
- Speak with your teachers about your exam struggles. It sounds to me like stress - therefore, take a moment to breathe, plan longer answers and do not throw down everything you can remember in disjointed clauses and words.
To conclude, I recommend just getting on with the revision - even if this is easier to say than do.