Creating an ideal revision environment is key to studying well, getting everything you need to know into your brain and avoiding procrastination.
If you are lucky enough to have a room and a desk that you find comfortable to work on without any distractions, then you need no more advice! However, once you’ve set up, make sure that your desk is well lit, preferably with natural light, but you also might like to get a desk lamp. A suitable chair at the right height so that you don’t need to slouch may also be something you could ask your parents to invest in.
Try and put your desk in a quiet spot where you’re away from the TV and other people. You really want an area that’s just for revision, that you associate only with revision when you sit there, and it’s helpful to avoid your bedroom - there’s too much temptation to get back into bed - however, for most this isn’t possible.
On your desk you should have as little available to get distracted with, so keep your phone in a different room, and if you are not revising with a computer then that as well. For those of you who like stationery, now is the time to treat yourself to pens, paper, highlighters, post-it notes and revision cards of all colours of the rainbow. You’ll also want textbooks and notes with you, but you might want to keep them all separately and only work with those relevant to the subject you are studying. If you’re prone to fidgeting, you may want something to play with, such as a stress ball.
Some people prefer listening to music while they are working, and if you do, try not to have anything too loud or something you know so well you end up singing along to every five minutes.
Outside the home
For some people, there’s nowhere for them to work within the home and outside is the only place to go. It can be beneficial, as it means that you have to get dressed and out of the house by a certain time and when you arrive home you can relax and know that you are done for the day. Furthermore, you’re more likely to get into a study routine and stick to it. You also benefit from only carrying the books and notes you need for the day, hence offering you fewer distractions.
If you like to study in a quiet space and your school is open, you may be allowed to study in the library or an empty classroom. Alternatively, if the local library is not too far away you can settle in there for the day.
If you like working with slightly more noise, what about a cafe? I loved studying, and now working in cafes, the quiet hum and buzz of the place make me feel like I’m being productive and gets me going, while at the same time I’ve no one to talk to and nothing to distract me. However, it does mean that you have to invest in a coffee or more every day, and one thing we wouldn’t advise is too much caffeine! It can also hit your wallet pretty hard!
Mixing it up.
For some of you, you might find that the change of scene helps, so you might choose to work in cafes or libraries some days and at home other days. Or you might choose to work from home in the mornings and after lunch have a meander, get some air, and stop by in a cafe on the way home. Try out your options, and whatever you find most productive is the one you should go for!
Organising the night before.
To make the most out of your day, spend ten minutes each night ticking off, writing down what still needs to do, and planning what you’ll need on your desk or in your bag for the following day. This means that when you wake up you can start straight away and don’t spend time faffing about and getting things ready.