How to Stay Motivated and Stop Procrastinating #BACK2SCHOOL | CharlotteBehappy

It's easy to feel demotivated when revising. However, here are ten top tips to staying motivated and to stop procrastinating.

1. Think of the end goals

It's easy to forget the real reason that you're revising but just simply reminding yourself of the grades you want to achieve and these grades will help you to achieve something in life. Thinking about your future can help to remind why you're doing things and how revising will help. For some people, their end goals don't require academia but if they do, always try to think of how you can help to get where you want to be,

2. Priorities

Always make sure your priorities are in check. Everyone has different priorities but it's just important to make sure they're realistic and will help you. If your education is your priority, then make sure you're doing what you can to maintain that it's the most important thing in your mind and almost all your actions are steered towards helping your main priorities.

3. Get rid of distractions

A library is good at this since there isn't much already. Turn off the TV, turn off your phone (or let the battery drain), put away the food, and surround yourself with books and papers and that's it. With no distractions, you'll be surprised how quickly you'll get on with just revising and you'll have lots done.

4. Find a balance

It would be ridiculous to stay cooped up in your room all the time, so it's important to find the right balance for you between going out with your friends, and revising or going to a study club and having lunch with your friends. Going to a library, or a friend's house to revise can feel like you're going out, but also means that you're revising.

5. Make it as positive as possible

Crying and moaning whilst revising is pretty miserable and may also mean that you find it harder to remember and learn things. You can listen to music (classical is apparently the best for revising) or drink something nice, even revising in your garden can make revising more bearable.

6. Don't forget your efforts so far

If you feel like your revision isn't getting anywhere, try to remember all the work you've done so far, in class and in revision. No revision is in vain as you never know what's going to appear on the test. Don't think of your brain as limitless, it's a sponge and has no limit to what it can remember. 

7. This is your one chance

With some exams, you can only take them once at certain times in your life. Therefore, you can try to remember that in essence, you only have one shot for these exams and in a sense, it's 'now or never' so don't put of revision if you have no other time to do it. Don't rely on re-sits.

8. Frequent breaks

Supposedly, you should have short breaks every ten minutes in order to help you remember things. Fit breaks into your schedules (for example a break at the end of each topic or every ten minutes). This should help you feel more staggered and like you're not doing one massive piece of work at once. 

9. Rest time

Revising everyday can be a bit much, and you can't revise if you're tired or exhausted. Make sure you put in large amounts of time, hours, to watch TV and just relax. Then you'll feel more refreshed when you come back to revising. Obviously, don't do this near to the exams when time is short but when you're revising in advance and it can help to keep you motivated.

10. Think of results day

For some people, their worst nightmare might be to open their envelope on results day and to be disappointed. Maybe this isn't true for everyone, but if it is, just think, on results day, surely you want to open the letter and be happy, proud, maybe even surprised (in a good way obviously), so keep this in mind when you're putting off revision.