Create the ultimate revision survival kit

24 May 2021
By Hazel M., Freelance writer, journalist and total bookworm at Unite Students

Getting through the exam season isn’t easy, so make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come with the ultimate revision survival kit.

After all, revision is hard. From spending hours with your eyes glued to a screen, to having to turn down plans with your mates to clock up those extra study sessions, it’s probably the last thing on your list of things you want to do today.

There are some ways to ease the pain, though, which is why I’ve pulled together the essential survival kit to help you make it through revision without wanting to scream.

1) Noise-cancelling headphones

These bad boys can’t be underestimated and could mean the difference between passing your exams and giving up altogether.

After all, the last thing you want to do is listen to your flatmates pre-drink in the kitchen while you’re trying to memorise stats for your chemistry exam. Or, maybe, you live with someone who likes to exercise in their room; blocking out the noise could be a daily essential.

2) Healthy snacks

Okay, I know that eating healthily generally goes out the window when study takes over. After all, isn’t having to study basically an excuse to overload on sugar?

Well, it turns out that sugar isn’t the way to go if you want to maximise your brain cells and get the top marks. Shocking.

So, stocking up on these healthy snacks to help with revision is a key part of the survival kit, ensuring you can stay focused for longer and get the grade you deserve.

3) Calming diffuser

There’s no doubt that studying for exams is likely one of the most stressful things you’ll go through at university. So, it’s important to make your environment as stress-free as possible.

In fact, using essential oils in a diffuser is a great way to create the perfect calming environment. Even better? You can even use them to boost memory, focus and productivity. Try scents like lemon, lavender or jasmine for best results.

4) A comfy seat

You may think studying from your bed is the most relaxing way to get through revision but, in reality, it normally leads to a sore back/falling asleep/struggling to concentrate.

So, keep your bed for sleeping (particularly so your brain doesn’t associate it with doing work) and invest in a comfortable chair instead.

If you’re on a budget, try looking on places like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace, or maybe even ask your family to chip in on your birthday.

Check out more tips on how to turn your room into a study sanctuary right here.

5) A big water bottle

Never underestimate the power of water! Staying hydrated is crucial if you want to keep focused, so buy yourself a big reusable water bottle and make sure you’re getting those litres in.

There are numerous benefits to drinking water, from improving our memory to boosting our mental health, which isn’t exactly a shock when you realise our bodies are made up of 65% of the stuff.

6) A study plan

Preparing a study plan is all about managing your time, so you can still squeeze in hours of downtime amidst the revision chaos.

It’s so important to make sure you plan in that time to relax, otherwise you could end up totally burnt out.

If you need help making your plan, start here with Grace’s top tips.

7) A good stationary set-up

Everyone learns in different ways but, if you’re not sure what that way is yet, try investing in a good stationary set-up.

From colourful pens to flashcards, you might find that writing things down, colour-coding your notes or organising your modules into binders will go a long way to helping you win at revision.

In fact, here’s a list of things to invest in, so you’re not caught short in the middle of a study session:

  • Note pads
  • Writing pens
  • Highlighters/colourful pens
  • Flashcards
  • Cardboard folders
  • Calendar
  • Post-its

If you’re struggling to keep on top of your revision and feeling the pressure, check out more of our revision tips on the Common Room, right here.

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