How to concentrate on your revision

By far the question I get asked the most from students is how much revision to do for their exams.  Now CIPS obviously has its guided learning hours, but I’m a firm believer in that there is no one size fits all approach to revision.  It depends on the individual, but it also depends on the quality of that revision.

In this blog, I am going to go through a few tips to help achieve quality revision

Time-blocking

I have only just started time blocking in the last few months, but I find it helpful.  I’m going to imagine you dear reader are a busy person.  You have a demanding job and potentially home commitments with children, pets, etc, and busy social lives.  You may feel like there are not enough hours in the day.  Fitting in a degree can seem very daunting.  Time blocking is where you block out your day into time slots.  From your morning routine to booking in lunch, to booking in time to revise.  These time slots can be 30 mins to 2 hours.  You can even book in time just to endlessly scroll social media. The whole purpose of this is to organise your day and you will have a good structure for what you are covering for your revision in each time block set aside.  You can relax on Monday knowing that revision is booked in for Thursday.  Try it and see what you think!

Brown noise

When you are revising are you doing so in silence? Many students tell me they are listening to music or have their television on in the background.  This is not a great idea.  Your brain is distracted by this background noise, even if you think it isn’t.  I remember revising my CIPS watching the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (yes, I am aware this is showing my age!) and when I had looked down at my notes, I realised I had written the name Angel three times as that is what was on the TV.  Instead, I highly recommend listening to brown noise, which studies have shown increases concentration and focus.  Whenever I need to focus, I use this, YouTube or Spotify have free brown noise you can listen to.  When you try, please get in touch (info@businessacademy-online.com) to let me know what you thought.

Concentration Food

When having a break from revision there is this desire to treat yourself for your hard work.  That treat is usually sugar in the form of chocolate or cake etc.  Now I am all for a treat but when you are wanting to do quality revision, eating the chocolate leads to a sugar high and then a crash.  During the crash, concentration is lost.  So yes, treat yourself after you have finished revising for the day, but during you need to choose concentration food and drink instead.  I recommend ceremonial grade matcha tea for helping you get that boost of energy without the crash.  Bananas contain potassium which is helpful for memory.  Oily fish for lunch can be effective, as can avocados.  If you do have a sugar craving, then I would suggest dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa.  Be mindful of what you eat while trying to push your brain to remember.

We hope you find this useful, for more tips on writing effective notes see our blog here.

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July