I had just had E-NOUGH of revision. 6 years of jam-packed timetables, then a 6 week block at the end with nothing but grim revision… I was stir crazy by the end of the first week, and threatening to quit! My brain just couldn’t hack the monotony of cramming day after day.
So, I broke up my day:
6am: wake up, revise with a cup of tea for a couple of quiet, productive hours. Phone off!
8am: stop, eat a good breakfast, chat to housemates for half an hour
8.30-11am: revise. Phone off!
11am: Enough! No more! Can’t hack it any more!!! Stop for half an hour and make a revision super smoothie. Half an hour of chilling with social media.
11.30am: cycle to vet school library and revise until 1pm. Phone off!
1-2pm: lunch with the library crowd. Preferably outside. Often followed by a nap for half an hour in the sun!
2-4pm: revise in the library. Phone off!
4-5.30pm: go for a run / do some exercise of some form then cycle home, shower
5.30-7pm: final bit of revision. Phone off!
7pm: make dinner. Sit on sofa with housemates, watching utterly mindless television. Big Brother… Real housewives… Eastenders….
10pm: bedtime, utterly relaxed and brain able to process all the information from earlier.
It worked for me… although I later learnt that anyone in the library after 8pm became part of the mutual massage club. They would take it in turns to massage each others’ shoulders and neck. Missed a trick there!
Other friends decamped to coffee shops. Some went home to their parents. I went up to the Lake District to a practice where I’d seen lots of EMS… I sat and went through their X-ray library and went out on calls for a break… I even did my first solo cow C-section during my revision period. I learnt more there than I did in the library.
The day before my first exam I went for a deep tissue back massage at 2pm and did no revision afterwards. It was a great decision – I was fresh and relaxed for exams, and had much better perspective.