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Hi! I'm currently in Year 10 studying for my GCSEs. My mocks are coming up in the middle of June time and I want to do well. My teachers have all suggested revising so I am better equipped by June.

The problem is that I go off-course. For example, I will open my computer, open all my homework, and all of a sudden I'm on Pinterest looking at food recipes or study techniques that I don’t know how to implement.

I'm looking for an app (or something) so I can have my daily routine for the week. I could plan what I have for the day eg school, homework, studying, breaks, revision, and other things like dinner. Having an organised day keeps me focused at school, and I believe it could help me at home as well.

Any ideas? It doesn't have to be an app, just something that could be helpful to structure my day and get revising.
Original post by earth.b
Hi! I'm currently in Year 10 studying for my GCSEs. My mocks are coming up in the middle of June time and I want to do well. My teachers have all suggested revising so I am better equipped by June.
The problem is that I go off-course. For example, I will open my computer, open all my homework, and all of a sudden I'm on Pinterest looking at food recipes or study techniques that I don’t know how to implement.
I'm looking for an app (or something) so I can have my daily routine for the week. I could plan what I have for the day eg school, homework, studying, breaks, revision, and other things like dinner. Having an organised day keeps me focused at school, and I believe it could help me at home as well.
Any ideas? It doesn't have to be an app, just something that could be helpful to structure my day and get revising.
Hiya!

Best of luck for your mocks in June! And I find your problem completely relatable, and I too find myself on websites such as Pinterest - it's just so good and you can be on there for hours aha!

An app I have previously used is called Forest - this is designed to keep you away from your phone when you should be studying and the motivation tool is for you to keep your little tree alive but if you go off the app, and say find yourself on social media the tree will start to wilt and die - perhaps this could be useful?

In the past I have used various planning and organisation apps so I would suggest having a look on the app store and seeing what's available but also looking at reviews and if it is overall a popular app. The one I have used before was called TickTick: To-Do List & Calendar and it was simple to use, aesthetic and you can have widgets for it too.

I also tend to keep a diary, as this is useful for events that are in the future which I don't need to think about for a few months and I also have a weekly planner (acts just like a notepad, and you can rip off the pages as and when the week is done etc) as sometimes I find that by writing my plans down, I tend to remember them much better.

I hope this has helped and provided some inspiration

-Maddie, second year Health and Well-being in Society student at De Montfort University
Reply 2
Hello!
Thank you so much for the information. I have heard of forest and was considering using it, it being a good incentive to stay productive.
I've just downloaded Tick-Tick, and it appears to work flawlessly. It has a calendar that helps me see all my tasks for the day, which is what I've been looking for.

This is also a funny coincidence that someone from De Montfort University decided to answer this (I'm thrilled!)
I went there on a trip with some Y12s this year as they had a few spaces available. The campus is wonderful and there is an adverse range of student unions. The Art and Design building (as I believe it was called) had a very creative atmosphere (undoubtedly), with a Hogwarts-inspired staircase and fashion on display. And one of the best things is a 24/7 library! It has study rooms in which you can write on the walls.

I even received a prospectus through the mail recently! Even though I am far from the point of choosing Universities, I am considering going there in the future!
Original post by earth.b
Hello!
Thank you so much for the information. I have heard of forest and was considering using it, it being a good incentive to stay productive.
I've just downloaded Tick-Tick, and it appears to work flawlessly. It has a calendar that helps me see all my tasks for the day, which is what I've been looking for.
This is also a funny coincidence that someone from De Montfort University decided to answer this (I'm thrilled!)
I went there on a trip with some Y12s this year as they had a few spaces available. The campus is wonderful and there is an adverse range of student unions. The Art and Design building (as I believe it was called) had a very creative atmosphere (undoubtedly), with a Hogwarts-inspired staircase and fashion on display. And one of the best things is a 24/7 library! It has study rooms in which you can write on the walls.
I even received a prospectus through the mail recently! Even though I am far from the point of choosing Universities, I am considering going there in the future!

Hi there @earth.b - that's great to hear that you enjoyed visiting our campus and seeing what we could potentially offer you in the future!🥳

Our Art and Design building, Vijay Patel, is definitely one of my favourites on campus. Particularly the Terrace that overlooks our Queen's building and main walkway up our campus is the best spot in summer!🌞😎

If you have any questions about Uni life or DMU at any point please do fire away🔥😁

All the best,

-Rose🌹, De Montfort University Rep.
Original post by earth.b
Hi! I'm currently in Year 10 studying for my GCSEs. My mocks are coming up in the middle of June time and I want to do well. My teachers have all suggested revising so I am better equipped by June.
The problem is that I go off-course. For example, I will open my computer, open all my homework, and all of a sudden I'm on Pinterest looking at food recipes or study techniques that I don’t know how to implement.
I'm looking for an app (or something) so I can have my daily routine for the week. I could plan what I have for the day eg school, homework, studying, breaks, revision, and other things like dinner. Having an organised day keeps me focused at school, and I believe it could help me at home as well.
Any ideas? It doesn't have to be an app, just something that could be helpful to structure my day and get revising.

Hi @earth.b

This is a really good question and something I think a lot of people struggle with!

Google calendar is really good as you can block chunks of time out and plan your weeks this way. I would also get a tick list of everything you need / want to revise so that you can tick it off as you go through.

If you're struggling to stay focused, I used Forest or Flora (both apps) on my phone. They lock your phone down so that you can't go on any other apps for the time allocated. A lot of the time it's just habit picking up your phone so this helps to break that!

I hope this helps!

-Rebecca, UCLan
Original post by earth.b
Hi! I'm currently in Year 10 studying for my GCSEs. My mocks are coming up in the middle of June time and I want to do well. My teachers have all suggested revising so I am better equipped by June.
The problem is that I go off-course. For example, I will open my computer, open all my homework, and all of a sudden I'm on Pinterest looking at food recipes or study techniques that I don’t know how to implement.
I'm looking for an app (or something) so I can have my daily routine for the week. I could plan what I have for the day eg school, homework, studying, breaks, revision, and other things like dinner. Having an organised day keeps me focused at school, and I believe it could help me at home as well.
Any ideas? It doesn't have to be an app, just something that could be helpful to structure my day and get revising.

Hello! It is great to see you are prepared and are ready to revise!

Personally i don't use any apps, but i would recommend Flora, and just search planners in app store.
I also have made an excel sheet where i write the days on one side, and write what i have to do each day, and then colour code it using green red and orange depending on I know this content very well, i dont know this content and have to revise again, i somewhat know this content.

I would also suggest on excel writing all your topics and colourcoding them as well! Happy revising 🙂
Reply 6
There is an article on here that I saw somewhere the other day called how to revise or similar. I searched this site for “get revising” because it’s not working atm but usually it’s great for planning revision! My kids are doing GCSEs and Alevels so they asked me for her planning. I’ve also been recommended Adapt.
My daughter puts YouTube videos on of people studying!
Original post by earth.b
Hi! I'm currently in Year 10 studying for my GCSEs. My mocks are coming up in the middle of June time and I want to do well. My teachers have all suggested revising so I am better equipped by June.
The problem is that I go off-course. For example, I will open my computer, open all my homework, and all of a sudden I'm on Pinterest looking at food recipes or study techniques that I don’t know how to implement.
I'm looking for an app (or something) so I can have my daily routine for the week. I could plan what I have for the day eg school, homework, studying, breaks, revision, and other things like dinner. Having an organised day keeps me focused at school, and I believe it could help me at home as well.
Any ideas? It doesn't have to be an app, just something that could be helpful to structure my day and get revising.

Hi @earth.b,

I use an app called "Flora - Green Focus" which is sort of a to-do list and habit tracking app that I use for my revision and university submissions a lot. They also have a Pomodoro technique feature that I use a lot to stay focused during my assignments and revision sessions. I would usually revise for an hour straight then take a 15 minute break in between and repeat this process.

Hope this helps,
Danish
BCU Student Rep
Original post by earth.b
Hello!
Thank you so much for the information. I have heard of forest and was considering using it, it being a good incentive to stay productive.
I've just downloaded Tick-Tick, and it appears to work flawlessly. It has a calendar that helps me see all my tasks for the day, which is what I've been looking for.
This is also a funny coincidence that someone from De Montfort University decided to answer this (I'm thrilled!)
I went there on a trip with some Y12s this year as they had a few spaces available. The campus is wonderful and there is an adverse range of student unions. The Art and Design building (as I believe it was called) had a very creative atmosphere (undoubtedly), with a Hogwarts-inspired staircase and fashion on display. And one of the best things is a 24/7 library! It has study rooms in which you can write on the walls.
I even received a prospectus through the mail recently! Even though I am far from the point of choosing Universities, I am considering going there in the future!
Hiya!

Oh, I am so glad to hear that my advice has been helpful! 🙂

I am a Student Ambassador at DMU, and sometimes I work these shifts where schools come to visit - and I must say they are the highlight of the job; they are incredibly fun and it’s great to interact with so many students, perhaps I have met you! 😁

I agree, the campus is wonderful, when I first visited DMU at an Open Day, it was one of the main reasons as to why I chose DMU, it was a gut feeling that the university was the perfect place for me.

Well, it's never too early to start looking you’ll have an advantage over your classmates and also plenty of time to think about your future - and from the sound of your initial post you seem to be quite organised and proactive and I wish you the best for your future education 🙂

Also, you are more than welcome to book and attend any of our Open Days in the future and we also have the Ambassador Platform where you can chat to myself or any other of our Student Ambassadors if you ever have any questions! 😁

https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/chat-with-a-student/index.aspx

-Maddie,💗 Second year Health and Well-being in Society student at De Montfort University

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