If you overwork your brain, you’ll probably find that your revision gets worse and worse. The brain is like a muscle, and it requires rest in between revision sessions. Revision gives your brain a real workout, and like a workout, you need to stop and catch your breath from time to time!
As we recommended earlier in this series of revision tips, most people should aim to revise non-stop for 20 to 30 minutes before taking a short break. The break should be short – 5 minutes max, but preferably less. For example, 5 minutes gives you enough time to stick your head outside and grab a glass of water. Repeat this process two to three times before taking a longer break.
Revising in short ‘sprints’ keeps things interesting and can boost your memory recall. When you do take a break, remain calm and quiet – this isn’t the time to finish that level on the game you were playing!
- Take a break every 30-minutes or so.
- For the first 2 to 3 sessions of the day, breaks should be short, just 5 minutes or so.
- Don’t distract yourself on your break.
- Use the time to do something healthy, like walking outside or drinking a glass of water.
After a while, you’ll probably get to know how long your attention span lasts. Some people will want to go for longer than 30-minutes, which is fine, but don’t underestimate the usefulness of a break.
Also, try and focus your revision sessions around the times of day you feel most alert, such as the late morning and early afternoon.