Week starting 19 October

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another week of the blog! I hope everyone has finished their SACs and has transitioned into exam revision! I have heard from a few of my students that some schools are running authentication tasks and I think this is great! Not because you have to do another task, but because it gives you a perfect reason to revise some chemistry! On a more general note, I hope everyone is going well and you are all enjoying the recent relaxation of restrictions. There is not long to go before everything will go back to normal and I have a funny feeling that it will line up nicely with the end of your exams! Speaking of which, I thought this week would be a good time to go through the best ways in which you can manage your chemistry revision. As I said earlier, most of you are probably onto your final exam revision and this can be quite overwhelming. Whilst we have looked into methods of revising in previous weeks, this week’s blog will focus on specifically balancing your chemistry study. Let’s get right into it!

How can I fit chemistry into my study?

Last week we had a look at how we can get the most out of chemistry revision and I referenced using question blocks and scheduled practice exams as ways in which you can revise chemistry. In saying this, something I found difficult was organising my time and ensuring that I was getting through enough chemistry revision each day and each week. That’s right, I am about to recommend that you do some chemistry every day!

There are various ways in which you can organise your revision. I have some friends who organise rigorous calendars with an hour by hour plan of what they are going to do in the day. If this works for you, then I would recommend you do this, as my number one rule with revision is that it should suit you! Everyone studies in a different way and it is important that you do what is best for you. In saying this, I believe that there are more effective ways to organise your revision and organise what you are going to do each day.

The problem with preplanning a daily schedule is that you are locking yourself into time blocks. Whilst this is good for your routine, what happens if you do not need to revise a lot a Methods and rather have a lot of Chemistry to get through? Or what if you are going through a certain topic and need some more time? It is much more useful for you to complete the tasks that you are doing or revise the subjects that need revising rather than simply studying to satisfy a timetable or calendar. I have mentioned this right throughout all of my blog posts: it is important to prioritise what you need to revise rather than doing general revision. So, what is a better method of organising your revision?

Prioritisation is the key to balancing your revision. If you are super confident with a certain topic or certain subject, you don’t need to be revising that as readily as other areas in which you are not as confident. Personally, I set myself five things to do every single day and tried to incorporate something from each subject that I was doing. Now, in saying this, the five things that I set myself to do were not necessarily of the same weighting. I might set myself three major tasks to do and then two tasks that would take 15 minutes. Whilst saying that preplanning is not very effective, there are benefits in reviewing content over and over and thus exposing yourself to all of your subjects every day is very beneficial. For example, you might wake up on a Tuesday morning and say that you are going to do the following five things:

  • Complete and review a chemistry practice exam

  • Do a question block for biology

  • Complete a Methods exam 1

  • Read geography notes for 15 minutes

  • Revise 10 quotes for English

As you can see, the tasks I have set are very specific, yet are not bound by time frames. The tasks are realistic given you have the whole day and by the looks of my tasks I am really comfortable with where I am at for english and geography. This isn’t the be all and end all, as my plan for the next day might involve a geography exam and 15 minutes of chemistry, but regardless this ensures that you are getting in a little bit of each subject every day without stressing yourself out. I hated feeling like I had not gotten through as much as I should have in the day, so setting a list and sticking to it was my way of avoiding such feelings. The biggest thing that I will recommend with this is to make sure that your five tasks are realistic. You want to ensure that you will be able to get through the five tasks in a productive day and from experience I can say if you finish the tasks early you will only be motivated to do even more work!

That is my advice for how you can balance your chemistry revision amongst your other subjects. Remember the key is to use whatever method works best for you!

What mindset should I have for Chemistry this week?

For this week I think it is up to you to decide what mindset you take on. Right now, as you are reading this, allocate a mindset that you are going to stick to throughout the week and do exactly that, stick to it! Revisit some of my older blog posts if you are not sure what mindset to allocate!

Weekly Tips and Tricks

That is all from me this week! I hope that you are able to balance your study and not feel overwhelmed with all the revision left to complete! This week I only have one tip for you as I feel that I need to stress this point at this time in the semester! Enjoy the week!

Make sure that you are taking plenty of breaks and doing some activities that you enjoy in amongst your study. In this period of time it is easy to feel like you should always be studying, but having a clear mind is key to good performance! Get outside and have some fun during the week and try and enjoy your study as you go along! Good luck!

Have a question?

In the final weeks before exams Ashane will be hosting 2 Live Q&A sessions to help everyone get fully prepared for exams. If you have a question on how to best get prepared, have been stuck on an exam question or want to clarify an area of content send it through here, and Ashane might answer it live!

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