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Personally i am struggling to revise at the moment for my A-levels. I actually havent started yet and find the work load a massive burden and am usually too tired to revise anything after homework.
This half term holiday hasnt been any better either, I've got 11 sets of homework, with each set maybe 2-3 hours long so it will be a drag. AS seemed to hard at the time but now in hindsight seems very easy (same with GCSE, i rekon i could get 5A*'s with 4 A's and a B in Maths probably should i wish to relive year11 again).
The question i pose to all you people is how do you manage to motivate yourself to revise? I did well at AS, i got AABE and that was with 1-2 weeks revision, the E i didnt revise for as i ran out of time due to the timetable but the others i did revise for.
How do the clever people on here (there seems to be many AAAA people at A-level here apparantly) get their heads right and manage to revise? I usually get stressed out and leave things to the last minute but now i cant afford to do that. Should i start revising at the start of January or shall i leave it till Christmas holidays?
And for A levels what are the BEST active ways of revising?

Muchos Gracias

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revise? you got exams soon or something? all mine are in july so im only doing homework and coursework (well; sometimes).

i usually motivate myself by coming to the realisation that if i dont pass these exams then my life as i know it will be over (or something as equally cataclysmic [sp])
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it helps to have a cuppa tea whilst revising
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I'm in the second year of college (A2) so I've got exams in January and then in June. Wahay! *sarcasm* lol

The way you motivate yourself doesnt work for me and usualyl sends me into a reclusive shell and makes me even more depressed lol
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Mannn....i got the same problem..i ussual;ly leave things to the last minute....but this time i wanna get my maximum potential...lazyness is killin me man....the holiday is almost over i was supposed to work really hard to catch up and re organise ma self...demn...but i last time when actually studied i was listening to radio and it worked...so try it out
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yup, i can never motivate myself either. I do other things like tidy my room to stop myself revising. I think its what you want to do well in, what you want to revise for which motivates you. I didnt revise at all for my maths, cus I have issues with maths. muchos hatred. but i really like german and history so i managed to revise for them well in advance
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(Original post by CasperUK)
I usually get stressed out and leave things to the last minute but now i cant afford to do that.
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Well if you leave revision to the last minute you are bound to be stressed. I found that I revised throughout the year. ie. every weekend i would put aside an hour or two and look through all the work i had done that week - by reading through it again it helps it stick in your head. Then as exams came up, i started revising in short sessions but lots of them. Answer, start early!

There is no quick fix.
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Cheers NikNak, out of interest, what part of Cornwall are you from? Do you know the Penryn area at all?
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(Original post by Squigglz)
yup, i can never motivate myself either. I do other things like tidy my room to stop myself revising. I think its what you want to do well in, what you want to revise for which motivates you. I didnt revise at all for my maths, cus I have issues with maths. muchos hatred. but i really like german and history so i managed to revise for them well in advance
Yeah i have the same problem. Instead of revising I make a list stuff I need to revise and spend ages making it look really nice. I've been in my room 'working' for an hour yet all I have produced is a list of my subjects with a couple of irrelevant bullet points beside them that I won't even look at again.
I like to think I have learnt from this stupidity. Now I just sit down and revise. No distractions.

Anyway I have always been a great believer in the fact that as long as you work hard during the year and give your full attention to teachers you will do well - revision should serve to refresh your memory only. So whenever I start drifting off in a geography class (which many will tell you is remarkably easy).....I try to focus.
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Listening to music at the same time im studying, motivates me and allows me to work more effectively, somehow, my brain cells work more efficiently, as i have compared revising with and without the music. And music is better.
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(Original post by CasperUK)
Cheers NikNak, out of interest, what part of Cornwall are you from? Do you know the Penryn area at all?
I live in camborne. Yeah I know the Penryn / Falmouth area but not brilliantly (mainly just drive through it). Do you live in Cornwall?
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Nope i did though for about 6 months, lived in penryn. Was just wondering thats all, my mate lives there, havent talked to her in ages, might have been the REMOTEST chance that you knew her lol
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Yeah i have the same problem. Instead of revising I make a list stuff I need to revise and spend ages making it look really nice. I've been in my room 'working' for an hour yet all I have produced is a list of my subjects with a couple of irrelevant bullet points beside them that I won't even look at again.
I like to think I have learnt from this stupidity. Now I just sit down and revise. No distractions.

Anyway I have always been a great believer in the fact that as long as you work hard during the year and give your full attention to teachers you will do well - revision should serve to refresh your memory only. So whenever I start drifting off in a geography class (which many will tell you is remarkably easy).....I try to focus.

I fell asleep in geography last year. he asked me a question and my freind kept poking me. gave it up now.
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For my AS's I did quite a bit of revision together with a friend. That way we motivated each other, and neither of us wanted to lose pride by being the first one to say "let's stop now" or "let's have an extended break". Also the snatches of aimless conversation in the middle of revision sessions stopped me from getting depressed.
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