Friday, 16 January 2015

How Not To Revise

MOCKS ARE OVER! What better time to share some revision tips I have accumulated over the revision period.

Most people give you advice on how to make your timetable beautiful and colour-coded with each colour referring to subject, and so on. But although this is perfect for some people, others cannot revise like this. Everyone has their own way that they revise to the best of their ability, so I don't think it's a good idea to tell people how to revise. Which is why today you will learn ...

1) Don't do it all
Until about a month ago, I had no idea how I wanted to revise. I would try one technique, like flashcards for example, then see someone else doing something new, so I'd try that method for a bit. THIS IS NOT GOOD. If you're indecisive when it comes to revision, just stick with one, then evaluate at the end of exams whether you think that was an effective way to revise. That way you can rule out methods, and while you're doing that, you will learn about yourself as a student (wow I sound like a teacher). You're not going to get anything learnt if you change techniques after every topic. 

2) It's all about location, location, location
I'm not going to say to you, 'You have to revise somewhere which is dead silent, with no distractions or anything tempting', because that's just not how some people work. I personally need music, or some background noise when I'm working, as for some reason it makes me more productive! But background noise does not mean working in the living room with the TV blaring, and your siblings yelling at you - it means finding your own space, your own music and getting down to work. If your house isn't the perfect working space, then going to a cafe would be another option. Last year, Gaby from etcgabrielle did a post about the app Coffitivity, which plays a background cafe sound to revise to. 

3) Perfection is not always the way forward
Depending on how you revise, perfect notes can be both good and bad. I find perfect notes really helpful for my revision, as it gives me a clear mind, and they just help my structure my revision. But you have to judge whether perfection is good for you. Perfect notes can often take longer, which doesn't always make your notes as efficient as they can be. Sometimes just writing your notes down, however neat or messy, can be just as effective. So make you know what you're aiming for at the beginning of your revision.

4) Don't force it 
I know a lot of people, who in a rush to absorb all information into their brains, stay up until 4am in the morning cramming desperately. Now this is ok if you feel fully awake, and productive, but if you're tired, you're most likely not going to remember the information tomorrow. And that means you've just wasted a few hours of important rest time, and hours that will help you to feel ready for your exam tomorrow. So be wise - if you feel too tired, don't force revision. This could mean that your brain will be rested and ready the next day, and opens the possibility of absorbing more information in the morning. 

Good luck with any exams you may have, and I was going to tell you not to procrastinate, but as I'm writing this I am currently watching TV and using this blogpost as a reason to not revise my Latin...

How do you revise? 
I might do another one of these posts, with more revision tips, so I would love your opinion!

Love Sian x

Saturday, 10 January 2015

2015, a year for...

As I haven't posted since before the New Year - Happy New Year!

Due to Mock GCSEs practically taking over my life, my posts have been, well, non-existent. But week one is over, and for some reason I'm feeling inspired to share some New Year wisdom with you guys.

Before the New Year, I posted about my personal goals that I want to achieve this year. But for some of you who are having trouble deciding your own new years resolutions, here are a few general things that everyone should learn from.

2015 is a year for not giving up - pursue your dreams and stay determined & motivated. 

2015 is a year for trying to do something that will make any aspect of yourself better each day. 

I'm a culprit of this - 2015 is year for waking up without a screen, and appreciating the day each morning.

2015 is a year for not letting others bring you down - stay true to yourself, and spend time with people who make you better. 

What's your New Year's inspiration?

Love Sian xox

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

I was nominated by Hana at RimmelSmudge to do the Christmas Tag.

What's your favourite Christmas movie?
I'm not a huge fan of Christmas movies (Strange, I know!), but I'd have to say that my favourite is Home Alone. It's an classic!

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
OF COURSE on Christmas morning - that's just how it should be! Nothing can beat waking up early, and sprinting in excitement to open your presents.

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Two years ago, my older brother got my parents and I joke presents - some bin liners, cans of coke, and toilet seat covers (if you've seen the episode of Friends where Chandler and Joey bought everyone rubbish xmas presents - that's where he got his inspiration). We were all completely confused, and somewhat disappointed, but then he revealed that it was a joke, and gave us our real presents. 

Favourite festive food?
For savoury foods, I absolutely LOVE roast potatoes - all year round but especially at Christmas. As for a specifically festive food, mince pies have to be my favourite Christmas-time snack.

Favourite Christmas gift?
Now that's a very hard question ... I can't pinpoint one gift as the favourite, but I do remember in detail receiving my new DSi, which must mean that it was somewhat important to me as the memory of opening it has stuck with me all these years!

Favourite Christmas scent?
I've only got into candles really recently, so I haven't established a favourite Christmas scent. Has anyone got any recommendations?

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
We usually spend the early evening at my family friends house. They have 'Santa Claus' make an appearance, we exchange presents and eat festive food. My family used to leave out milk and a bourbon biscuit, but that tradition has gone as I got older.

What tops your tree?
A traditional, glitter covered white star.

As a child, what was one crazy gift you asked for but never received?
Every year, for about 3 years I asked for a 'Big Toy Horsey' - using those words exactly. And no, sadly I never received one.

What's the best part of Christmas for you?
I love spending the day with all my family, as that happens rarely during the year. Everyone is in high spirits, and there's always a large meal prepared. It's really nice hanging out with my younger cousins, and seeing them bursting with excitement to open the presents!

As Christmas is tomorrow, I'm not going to tag anyone specific to do the tag. But if you're feeling in the Chritsmas spirit, why not give it a go, and let me know if you do!

Merry Christmas, make it a good one!

Love Sian xox 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

The New Year Approaches | 2014 Blogger Challenge

As 2015 approaches, so does the end of the amazing #2014BloggerChallenge. It's been a year of highs and lows, twists and turns and new experiences. I've achieved a lot of my goals this year, but I have a lot more that I want to achieve in 2015.

Something that is going to occupy the beginning of the year is GCSEs. As this is my first experience of public exams, I want to revise thoroughly and do the best that I can. I want to try and make this experience as productive as possible, and not let all the work stress me out! 

At the beginning of this school year, I started athletics training with a new coach. I wasn't getting where I wanted to with my old coach, so I hoped that this change would be for the best. So far the training has been amazing, and I've seen a real improvement. At my first competition I did a lot better than I expected, and I hope to improve a lot more next year. This links into my goal of getting fitter and stronger in 2015. 

In the Summer holidays, after I've finished my GCSEs, I want to discover new things to do locally. Every holiday either my family and I go abroad, or I stay at home and do things that I've done before. Now I'm not saying that I don't enjoy this, but I feel like there is so much to do on my doorstep that I haven't done yet. Next year I want to find some of these new experiences, and really get to know the area around me. 

Lastly, a more personal thing, I want to practise doing one task at a time. Especially in this new era of technology, I've found myself playing games while watching the TV, working while watching YouTube, or fiddling with my phone while talking to people. I think this is a really bad habit, and I want this to change in 2015. I could get a lot more done and experience more if I focused on one job at a time, and reduced my time just fiddling (and doing nothing important) on my phone.

These are my goals for now, and I'm sure I'll set many more as the year progresses. 2014 has been an amazing year, and the 2014 Blogger Challenge has been a great way to focus my attention on my blog.

I wish you guys an amazing New Year!

What are your goals for 2015?

Love Sian xox