The 16 Stages of Revising For Exams, As Told By Parks and Recreation
It’s exam season again – how did that come around so fast?
1. As always, you promise yourself you’ll start revising early to avoid the usual last minute, panic-fuelled cramming.
How bad can it be?
2. Inevitably this plan fails miserably when suddenly you realise you have barely any time left and an intimidatingly large stack of notes to get through.
Why does this always happen?
3. Once you begin you realise that you never really learnt how to effectively revise so you just end up desperately re-reading and highlighting things hoping some of it will go in.
Which it doesn’t, obviously.
4. As panic ensues you have to give yourself regular pep-talks to avoid freaking out.
Probably with motivational chocolate to keep yourself going.
5. Sadly, this doesn’t always work so you end up calling on your friends to make them reassure you too.
“My brain won’t work, I’m going to fail everything.”
6. Revising in a group seems like a good idea until you realise everyone else seems to know at least ten things that you don’t.
Don’t let them see your fear.
7. So instead you head to the library but the sheer atmosphere of stressed-out students having revision meltdowns is too distracting.
You’ve got enough stress of your own to deal with.
8. So you push on, not really sure if what you’re doing is productive or not.
At least you’re trying, right?
9. Things are looking up until you try and do one of those practice papers your tutors are always banging on about.
And that goes about as well as you’d imagine…
10. At some point, you hit a wall. There’s only so much revision one person can take.
There are notes everywhere, you’re drowning in flashcards, but you have to carry on.
11. Then one of your flatmates starts bragging about having finished their exams.
Meanwhile, you’ve still got four left.
12. And then they try to noisily celebrate while you’re still up trying to cram more knowledge into your brain.
You hate to be a party-pooper but please, shut up.
13. The night before one of your exams, all the information you’ve learnt seems to have escaped your brain.
You feel like you literally know nothing. How can this have happened?
14. You have to give yourself a mini-motivational speech in the morning before you start.
You can do this, it’s just one paper.
15. And then suddenly, in the exam, you have a breakthrough – whatever you’re doing is working! You can remember things!
Seems like forcing yourself to write out notes and test yourself actually does work.