(image credit) due to 8tracks’ limited availability to the US and Canada, i’ve had to make the switch from 8tracks to Spotify and i could not have regret it in the slightest. thus, i’d like to share with you the greatest benefits i’ve come across during this exam season ~ enjoy!

  • the theory of everything soundtrack: lifechanging. this is omnipotent for any subject, for any situation - complete with instrumentals for any mood. +check out “cambridge, 1963″, “rowing” and “the wedding”.
  • kill your darlings soundtrack: much like the “theory of everything” soundtrack, it is so reminiscent of soothing and motivational atmospheres. throws you into a world of romanticised poets of the 1940′s. +check out “typing” and “plan on a boat”.
  • 500 days of summer soundtrack: for something indie, calming and motivating at the same time. throws you into an indie romance and tbh, you’re gonna love it. +check out “please please please let me get what i want”, “sweet disposition”, “quelqu’un ma dit” and “hero”.
  • all the little lights, passenger: if i’m going to suggest an artist’s ENTIRE album to you to study from, this has to conquer them all. his indie pop/folk compositions perfectly accompany any revision session. +see bastille, kodaline and the neighbourhood for similar.
  • relive harry potter! : complete soundtrack for all 8 movies of the franchise. didn’t want it? too late, you’ve got it.
  • studio ghibli collection: the magic that is joe hisashi and hayao miyazaki, complete in one playlist for all your focus/relaxing needs.
  • 8.5hrs of disney: 175 of the most timeless tracks from the animation industry of our childhood.
  • spotify’s intense studying #classical collection: i haven’t yet tried this one however i’m going to, especially with over 14hrs of listening time.
  • sensuality: i found this just the other day however it’s a beautiful collection of bass-heavy, strong-beat, simple melody pieces.
  • my own revision essentials playlist: this works without fail for myself, perhaps it can offer you something too - however do make your own and collate some tracks which are 100% no fail for you!
  • and finally, your discover weekly playlist: i’ve linked mine, however spotify creates this playlist for you on a weekly basis, publishing every monday to provide music recommendations. i cannot emphasize how incredible this service is and the amount of music i’ve discovered is phenomenal!

HOW TO STUDY A WEEK BEFORE AN EXAM

Day 7

  • List out all your topics, and highlight those you are least familiar with. I also love listing out the resources/materials I have to study. 
  • You should start reading and annotating the materials you are unfamiliar with.

Day 6

  • If you have not started making notes at all, it wouldn’t be wise to start making notes now. 
  • Instead, try to annotate things, write down explanations next to the things that you don’t understand, or definitions that you think can be elaborated.
  • Remember to be exam-oriented. Don’t spend time on things that are very trivial, or things that won’t be covered in the exam anyways.
  • At this stage, you should be focusing on annotating and enhancing your understanding of the materials.

Day 5

  • You should make sure you have most of your notes ready and that you have digested everything.
  • If you haven’t done a summary card, you should probably do it at this stage. This is a great way to consolidate your information.
    • Get a bunch of index cards. Write out the title of each chapter on each card.
    • Write the outline of the chapter. Alternatively, you can make a question attack plan for each chapter.
    • Turn over and write down some key terms that you don’t know. Or, you can write down some common mistakes, formulas etc, depending on your subject.

Day 4

  • With 4 days left, you should start memorizing things now. Focus on spellings and key terms. 
  • By memorizing, you can do the following:
    • Read the notes out loud, and repeat them by not looking at the paper (this is the way I personally use!)
    • Try to memorize, and cover the sheet and rewrite everything
    • Teach yourself, or to an audio recorder, or to a friend
    • Draw a mindmap without looking at your notes.

Day 3

  • You should go for some practice questions by chapter. 
  • You may also try to complete the exercises at the back of the chapter in your textbook. 

Don’t just do the practice question and throw them away. Make full use of it:

  • Check the answer. Find out what you failed to get right and failed to write down on the answer paper.
  • Understand your mistake. Understand why you make the mistake, and how you can avoid it.
  • Take notes of your misunderstanding and mistakes (as well as the correct answers). This will help you to avoid making the same ones.

Day 2

  • Repeat what you have done on day 3. 
  • Some teachers may also offer some mock papers or practice papers, or you may also try to complete past papers here. 

Day 1

You should do your very last review here. You should make sure you read through the following this day:

  • Your summary cards
  • Your notes
  • The notes you have made while doing the practice questions and papers
  • If your exam involves some formulas or difficult keywords or definitions, you may need to memorize them again this day.

Day 0

Now that’s everything. With all the preparation above, you should be very confident since you have got everything covered! All you have to do is to take a good breakfast and focus during the exam! Good luck!

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19 May 2016 ||

Last-minute revision for my test on corpus linguistics! I even made flashcards for this (which I don’t usually do). Good luck to everyone doing exams at the moment, I believe in you!

16th may 2016 :
[83/100 days of productivity]

taken from my ig: @study.relief //  finished one of three geography HL papers and in total, 10/14 papers!! i’m so close to finishing 😹! the exam was mediocre today and i could’ve been more confident however i don’t know if i hit the top markband but i sincerely hope so! 

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