How to Stay Organised #BACK2SCHOOL | CharlotteBehappy

I'm going into year 11 in September which means that I'll have lots of exams and revision. Here I've devised 10 simple tips to helping yourself when it comes to May and June. I've also started a four part series called #BACK2SCHOOL where there will be a post each week of August on a theme of school. 

1. Folders are your best friends.

Whether it's binder or fancy ikea ones, it's great to have papers and worksheets, completed and uncompleted, stored by subject. This means you can find sheets and work through them when you need to. It's also helpful to get text books and revision guides as well as exercise books as organised as possible so you don't have to go looking for things and you know how much work you have to do.

2. Know your topics and exams.

There's no good revising if you don't know what you're revising for. Revision timetables work for some but not all. As soon as you know your exam dates, it's worth organising (in your mind or in a timetable) the order you're going to revise topics and exams. It's always good to be 100% sure of what topics may appear on each paper you'll sit, especially if you find that you'll be taking more than one in one subject.

3. Know what you need to do.

Know your workload. You don't want any nasty surprises or work you need to do since this will stress you out more. Keep a record of things you must do and their deadline as well as optional bits of revision you want to do.

4. Don't put it off.

Not doing work you know you should do, especially near exam time can just cause more stress. It's best to get things done when you know you'll do them best. This may be the day you get it or at the weekend. Just don't leave important pieces you know you could do well in for the last minute.

5. Plan everything hourly.

There's no point thinking 'On Saturday I'll do 8 hours revision and on Sunday I'll do 6'. It's best to know exactly what you'll do. Maybe an hour of one subject then an hour of another. Taking short breaks (this can be a couple of minutes of looking at your phone) is also important so you can schedule this in. For some, it's easy to just do one topic at a time so you could decided to do unit 1, 2 and 3 on one day and unit 4, 5, and 6 on another.

6. Think realistically.

Don't promise yourself that you'll take 5 minutes to revise one topic when you know it'll take you 15 minutes. As long you're organised, you can take as much time as you need. Don't give yourself short time limits since you won't want to be stressed about not doing your revision.

7. Give yourself extra time.

If you need more time, give it to yourself. There's nothing wrong with wanting to go over topics as well. Always leave time in your day where you can take a break or go over things if you need to. Never have a really tight schedule if you don't need to.

8. Know your priorities.

Exams and revision isn't as important to some people. This is fine. Just as long as you know what's most important to you. Don't think 'oh no I can do this later' if you know you can't. Some people can manage a social life whilst revising whereas some find it harder. Know yourself.

9. Colour code.

This may not be for everyone, but for those who have a more visual memory, separating subject and work by colour (folders/seperators/highlighters) can be useful to separate subjects as well as making it easier to remember things in exams.

10. Be prepared.

Make sure you know everything. Before going into an exam, you may feel panicked, nervous, apprehensive, full of dread etc but you don't want to feel unprepared. If these means reading over a textbook, that's fine, but it may mean doing hours of revision and notes, plus watching videos to others. Just make sure that you feel as if you are prepared.