How do you survive mocks? Student blogger Talia has the answer

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:00 AM

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the Christmas holidays (and that’s not just because I can eat a ton of mince pies under the pretence of being festive). I thought the holidays would be a nice time to have a break from the pressure of UCAS and lessons and relax with family and friends. That is, until my dream got shattered with the announcement of mock exams. Whilst I was anticipating some kind of exam around the corner, I hadn’t really factored the idea of mocks into my two weeks of sleeping in, eating lots of Christmas food, and having fun.

If anyone else is in the same boat as me, the idea of revision over Christmas can put somewhat of a dampener on the festive mood. However, with a little bit of forward planning and some organisation, it is possible to fit in revision and relaxation this Christmas.

Firstly, divide your time cleverly. If it helps, sit down with a diary and a blank sheet of paper and make yourself a revision timetable. No one is expected to work on Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day, so make sure to give yourself a bit of time off as well. If, like me, you have two and a half weeks of holiday, why not revise for just over a week, and take the rest of the time to relax.

Next, check you have all your revision materials ready. It’s not a good idea to realise in the middle of revision that you’ve left your key maths textbook or English play in your locker, unattainable until you go back to school. Once you have all your work you can get out some nice stationary (why not go Christmas themed here if you’re feeling particularly festive), turn off your phone and get revising!

Enjoy the holidays, make sure to take some time off, and be productive when revising. Use your time management skills wisely, so when mocks or exams arrive you can be confident in your revision and ready to ace them!

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