At TalksforTeens, we decided to ask teens themselves about what helps them cope with stress and what are the best revision hacks.
The survey revealed – surprisingly maybe - that a good night’s sleep also tops the list of teens and they seem to agree with the science here. Sleep as a priority seemed more important for male respondents as many girls seem to study until the early hours of the morning or pull all-nighters (often necessary due to having started revision too late). Studying with friends is another favourite hack, either together at a library or everyone at their own home via facetime. This helps feeling connected and to avoid serious procrastinating. There was a lot of mention of going for a run or do exercise to break the monotony of learning (and sitting), as long as the activity was not too time consuming. Furthermore, it seems that studying various subjects on one day for a set amount of time, instead of finishing one subject entirely, is the most favourite solution and allows for a daily limit for less interesting and/or more difficult subjects (most often it is both). Lastly, switching off phones was easier for the boys than the girls surveyed, although everybody was convinced that the phone must be out of reach and mind to be able to stick to a revision schedule.
There was not so much clarity or consensus on the right food choices that might help with concentration and memory and it appears that the more stressed students are, the worse the food choices become and the more frequent the need for (sugary) treats, coffee or energy drinks.
The conclusion? Know yourself and make a realistic revision schedule. And stick to it. As simple as that. Getting derailed will create lateness, more stress, less sleep, a worsening diet and tiredness and likely not the exam results you are hoping for.
So, by accepting that no one can study for more than 8 productive hours a day and that 8 hours of sleep are the top revision tip, that leaves, 8 glorious hours for other things such as breaks, exercise, great food AND spending some time with friends. Now it just takes doing it :)
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