Week starting 5 October

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another week of the Chemistry blog! I hope everyone has had a great week and taken some time out to enjoy some of the lovely weather we have had! I am guessing that everyone is feeling a little bit nervous and very excited to hit what will be your last term of school… forever! That’s right, forever! For anyone that missed last week’s blog we had a look at how to account for mistakes you make while revising. We also discussed how to approach food chemistry, particularly looking at the benefits of making summaries. If you missed that post, I highly recommend you go and have a read as we will be referring to some of those things I mentioned this week as well!

How can I manage my Chemistry revision amongst all my other subjects?

This week is the start of your final push towards exams. I know I have spoken about a direct exam focus coming into play over the last few weeks, but starting the last term is a formal beginning of the end! As such, I thought that this week would be a great time to give some advice on how to best manage the constant flow of studying, especially with school commitments ramping back up.

Maintaining a routine to my study was one of the hardest aspects of completing year 12; however, it ended up being one of the most beneficial aspects as well. Why was it beneficial? Well, the study habits I developed throughout year 12 are the study habits that I utilise to this day and I believe that maintaining good habits is essential at this time of the year.

Over the break, you probably came across the classic question, “What am I going to study today?”. This question came across my mind many times and it took some time to address. Once all of your SACs are finished, you will have free reigns on deciding what to study and it is essential that you are able to manage the work you are completing. The first and most important aspect to this is ensuring to actively include breaks and time outs. It is very easy to fall into the trap of studying constantly throughout the last month before exams; however, it is very detrimental as you run the risk of burning out. Breaks can take whatever form you like but being aware that you can’t just study all day is key in balancing the constant flow of studying.

Beyond this, organising work from different subjects can be done in multiple ways. I took on the philosophy that I was aiming to do as best as I could in every subject, and it is one I encourage you all to adopt as well. I have had students in the past say to me that Chemistry is going to be in their bottom two, so they are not going to do as much revision for the subject. My problem with that is two-fold. Firstly, you have spent an entire two years studying the subject so it would be a shame to give up now! Secondly, you never know what will end up in your top four. Just predicting, I thought that Chemistry would not be in my top four, but it ended up being there and a subject that I thought would be in my top four had a really hard exam where I didn’t do so well. Trying hard in all of your subjects is a very safe way of going about things, as you are not increasing the pressure on yourself to perform in a few particular subjects. Rather, you can go into the exam period knowing that you are confident in all your subjects and even if something goes wrong in a certain exam, there is no impact on your top four subjects.

So how do you manage your study for all of your subjects? Well creating some sort of plan is essential; however, this plan should work best for you. I know some people that make very elaborate plans on what their revision is going to look like for the week, and if that works for you then go for it! For me, it was as simple as writing down a list of five things to complete in the day (including some form of relaxation). This worked well for me as it did not restrict me into studying subjects that I didn’t need to study for and allowed me to focus on the things that was most important. The problem with preplanning subjects is that you are not able to prioritise what revision you need to complete. If you have gone through all of the Chemistry content but have some areas of issue with Physics, then you are far better studying Physics first, as it is of a higher priority. Utilising the traffic light scheme (as explained in previous weeks) is great to prioritise even the subjects that you need to be focussing on! For those who missed that post, designating red (desperately need revision), yellow (need some revision), green (comfortable) to both subjects and the topics within the subject is a great way of determining what you need to study and what is of greatest priority.

To summarise, tailoring your study to what is of the greatest priority is what is key to maintaining a constant flow of studying. This tailoring should be done in a way that is best for you, but I would recommend actively including time for relaxation and breaks in your plan!

What mindset should I have for Chemistry this week?

For this week I think an opportunistic mindset would be ideal! This time of the year is when some subjects can get forgotten, thus I encourage you to take the opportunity to focus on all of your subjects and not waste years of work in this final stretch!

Weekly Tips and Tricks

That is all from me this week! I hope that you are able to manage your study throughout this week and adopt that opportunistic mindset. As always, here are three tips for you to take into the week:

1. Continue to make sure you take plenty of breaks, get outside and talk to your friends!

  • 2020 has been crazy, so its pivotal you keep flourishing in terms of your health and wellbeing

2. Complete a traffic light analysis for your subjects

  • Determine what subjects need the most attention right now!

3. Review the revision you have completed so far

  • Reflecting is a key process in improving your skills!

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