Good advice from our student blogger on looking after yourself during revision

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 11:30 AM

Getting through Christmas: Maihvish gives us un update on her UCAS application

It seems like ages since I’ve done a blog, but life has been busy!

I’ve sent my UCAS application off and I’ve received an offer from the University of Bradford to read Law. I kind of got lucky really, since I study Bio, Chem and English lit for A-levels, and as a last minute plan I thought I’d add Law as one of my choices in case I decided to pursue this career route. Luckily, I got an offer, and I’m seriously considering going for law but, as everyone keeps telling me, I still have time to decide.

Right now, my life pretty much consists of checking UCAS and revising for mock exams and also preparing for the ‘real’ thing. It’s scary how everything is going by in a blur and sixth formers have to get their heads round it all pretty quickly.

At this point in the year, you don’t have time to waste and if you’re not up to scratch with your studies, then you’ll fall behind. Just recently, I fell ill and couldn’t study or do any revision for a couple of days. This may not sound like a lot but if you count up all the hours in which you could have revised, it could ultimately contribute to achieving one grade higher. So the advice I’m giving here is that you need to look after yourself. You need to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Yes you may think this is a bit pointless and childish, but you really don’t have time to become ill. Reality’s harsh and the examiners are not going to care whether you’ve got a headache, stomach ache or had an asthma attack. Excuses tend not to get you anywhere either. So if you are ill, it’s up to you to pull yourself back up the ladder before the exam season. Of course, there are all sorts of viruses out there, and some things that are just inevitable. But if you’re in good health, then you’re likely to study better and take more in.

But now we have the Christmas holidays to look forward too. So whilst getting some rest, do some revision without your teachers nagging you every second and also make sure you get all your homework done. This, really, is the time to go over anything you don’t understand and to practise exam questions till you’re confident with all the topics. You can revise for any units you may be resitting because you won’t have to do everything last minute in the summer. This way, you’ll be ready to start new topics after the holidays and is a great way to stop you panicking later on.

Hope you all enjoy your holidays. 

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