Revision Techniques To Help You BOSS Those Summer Exams

Revision technique
Studying in bed is NOT advised (but that probably won’t stop us)

Plan, plan, plan!

I know it sounds tedious, but dividing up your subjects and how much time you want to spend on each of them will really help your revision in the long run.  Not only will it give some structure to your revision days, but it will also help to make sure you don’t end up learning only half of each subject. But remember, if you don’t stick to the plan perfectly that’s ok! If you find yourself falling behind just regroup and adapt the plan.

Ace your space

The environment you’re working in is really important to ensure minimal distractions and making the most of your revision time. Big ‘no-no’s’ here are working in bed, with the TV on in the background or on a cluttered desk. Music is usually more of a distraction than an aid, but some people find classical music helps them concentrate. Try it out and see what works best for you!

The early bird catches the worm…

Sort out your sleeping schedule so you’re waking up earlier than 2pm! By starting revision in the morning, you can get a full day of work in and then relax in the evening with zero guilt.

Use the ‘Pomodoro Technique’

It can be hard to concentrate for long periods of time, so try using a timer to work solidly for 35 minutes, then have a 5 minute break to do whatever you want. By putting your phone in another room you can then stop yourself wasting time on it by only checking it in these 5-minute gaps. Maximum efficiency and you’re still in the loop on the group chat!

Utilise ‘Depth Processing’

The best way to incorporate this style of learning into your revision is to make notes of your notes, repeating the process as many times as you can manage. By rearranging your notes slightly every time, you can really solidify the memories and recall them with ease when you’re in the exam hall.

Spice it up

Colourful notes are much easier to visualise and remember, as well as being much more fun to write. But don’t make the mistake of obsessing over your notes looking perfect – it’s not worth it!

Massed vs. Spaced learning

Massed learning is the category most of us fall into when trying to revise. We sit down and try to cram large portions of information into our brains, not looking at it again until the exam. A much better way to learn facts is through spaced learning, where you learn something at the beginning of your revision period and then test yourself on it again at regular intervals, such as every few days, all the way up until the exam. By this point, it’ll be so lodged into your memory that you’ll walk into the exam confident that you know what you need to.

Make it meaningful

By associating the facts you’re trying to memorise with information that means something to you, your brain makes connections that make these facts much harder to forget. For example, to learn the Italian verb “to go” (andare) try to just remember the question: “And are you going to go?” Much easier!

Don’t be scared of failing

Just dive in and have a go at exam papers and practice essays. You’ll probably remember a lot more than you think you will and everything that you got wrong will have a greater chance of sticking in your memory for next time.

Treat yo’ self!

Rewarding yourself is one of the best ways to keep motivation levels up during the revision period. Rewards can be anything from an episode of your favourite show per lecture, coffee with your bestie when you finish that chapter or new shoes when you ace that past paper.




10 Things You Realise When You Go Back To Your Hometown After Uni

Hometown Girl Hat Train Window
Disclaimer: Not an accurate depiction of National Rail trains.

1. The full fridge is beyond amazing

Milk that you don’t have to smell before drinking? Fresh veg? SMOKED SALMON!? Yes, yes, yes please. Gluttony doesn’t even cover it when it comes to your relationship with your home fridge. Although it is a bit jarring you’re not allowed to touch that expensive tuna your mum bought for the cat…

2. Your mum’s cooking is incredible

You didn’t think much of it before you left but in comparison to your 2 pasta dish variations, every meal is like you’re dining in a top restaurant – enjoy it while it lasts.

3. The house is actually warm

No need to wear three jumpers and a woolly hat when you’re sat at your desk working – total bliss.

4. You missed baths way too much

You rarely had a bath when you lived at home but now you’re back it’s a daily necessity. Candles? Check. Relaxing music? Check. Bubbles? Check – you are now a mermaid goddess, and may enter total Zen mode…

5. Your hometown clubs are still rubbish

That place you used to hang out in all the time as soon as you turned 18 still smells funny, has sticky carpets and is still playing music from 5 years ago! But at least you get to have an unofficial reunion with EVERYONE you know.

6. Friends who went to other Uni’s will claim they have more fun

So what if Sheffield has loads of clubs, Exeter has a quay – beat that.

7. Friends who didn’t go to Uni will be bored of your stories

They definitely won’t care about that time Lily didn’t buy loo roll for a week or how many times you’ve talked to your library crush. They’ll just never appreciate the ‘Unay’ lifestyle.

8. Nostalgia will hit you when you least expect it

You’re driving down your familiar hometown roads and your 17 year old self’s jam comes on the radio – of course you’re going to sing all the words as loudly as you can, reminiscing your teenage years.

9. You’ll throw a temper tantrum

Were your parents always this annoying? Have you taken your freedom at Uni for granted? Whatever they reason you will definitely return to your teenage self and throw a massive hissy fit over something totally insignificant, followed by stomping up to your room and slamming the door like you used to.

10. You’ll appreciate your parents more

You’ll realise just how much they love and care about you, which will make eventually going back to Uni even harder. And of course, you’ll promise to call more!

A New Standard of Student Accommodation in Leeds

Campbell Property is delighted to introduce the latest jewel in our crown; our first boutique student accommodation development in Leeds – Mary Morris House. We can’t wait to provide a new city of students with a special and unique living experience.

Mary Morris House will offer 45 apartments and houses of varying sizes from 2 to 8 bedrooms. The development is currently undergoing comprehensive redevelopment and will be fully redecorated and refurnished to deliver individuality and charm to each new student home. The interiors will be styled by our designer and her team, with unique vintage and up-cycled furniture to create that boutique style that our customers know and love us for. More on her in future posts! The development will be finished in time for the 2016/17 academic year.

In 1963 Lady Mary Morris, wife of the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, identified a particular need for accommodation in the popular student hub of Headingley. Since opening in 1970, Mary Morris House has been in continual occupation as a student residence. However, not quite to the standard of a Campbell Property student home!

The development is within walking distance of the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds City Centre, Leeds General Infirmary and just 0.2 miles from the aforementioned Headingley, home to the Otley Road and all of its popular cafes, bars and supermarkets. The development offers an extremely welcome improvement to the standardised and uniform provision typical of other student accommodation developments.

As a new player in town, we have teamed up with Unipol Student Homes, the leading letting agent of student accommodation in Leeds and chosen partner of the University of Leeds. In doing so, Campbell Property has added Unipol’s accreditation scheme ‘Code’ to its list of accreditation and ombudsman schemes.

We are excited: we hope you are too! For more information or to book a viewing please visit or call 07939 964234.