How to: Revise for English Exams

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So, you're cramming for your end of year exams. You're not coping with the stress of what seems like imminent failure and the prospect of a life-time grounding from your parents as they receive your report card at the end of the term. You tell yourself you really do want to study, though your inner demons prefer you with your feet up on the couch, watching your favourite TV show. Sound familiar? Here are some tried and tested methods in ensuring great marks in any exam you take.

The thought of studying is daunting for anyone, and most people try to procrastinate for as long as possible. This will get you nowhere. By procrastinating, you end up cramming for the exam the night before and most probably failing, causing stress. Stress has been scientifically proven to cause mood swings, depression, sleep deprivation, weight gain or loss, just to name a few of the daunting side effects. Stress is the last thing you want when you're studying.

Sadly, this isn't the first time that teenagers have been unsure on how to study for exams. Almost 70% of all teenagers worldwide are unsure of how to study for exams, leaving them stressed and achieving bad overall grades. Bad grades leave high school students struggling to find careers and universities as young adults. Though why do students find it so difficult to revise?

The most common reason why teens fail to study is because they either 'don't have the time' or 'don't know how to get started'. Nonsense! Everyone has busy schedules; parents and teachers are always running around doing errands or working. So why can't you make the time? Instead of lounging on the couch watching your favourite soap, get out your books and start revising! Pick a quite, well-lit place to revise, away from all distractions. Sit down in a sturdy, comfortable chair at a table or desk with your books and laptop.

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