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How to Actually have a Quick Revision Break

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. Andrews chapter.

We always say it, but is any revision break ever quick? Here are some ideas to help keep you on track!

Have a cup of tea: You’ll spend about 5 minutes making it and 10-15 drinking it. So 20 minutes max is a good amount of time to let your brain decompress and absorb all of the information you’ve been feeding it. Plus, the caffeine will help keep you going.

10 minutes of Twitter: If you set yourself a specific time limit, it’s more likely that you’ll stick to it. Twitter is a good break because you can’t really be dragged into pesky chats or start stalking the people in your tutorial like you can on Facebook.

Take a walk: Getting outside will do you a lot of good. Your eyes will have a break from looking at the computer screen or your terribly rushed handwriting and your brain will get a nice dose of fresh air. Try and take in something picturesque rather than just going to Tesco for more snacks. My favourite route is by the Cathedral and down the Scores. 

Call your Mum: If you talk to her often this break will only last for 20-30 minutes depending on how much of a talker she is. She’ll be able to easily calm you down if you’re stressed, and will be a great distraction if you just can’t read about that theory/painting/disease one more time. A major plus for this one is that it will make you both happy!

10 minute exercise video: YouTube is full of them. Pick an area of your body you want to work today and type in your time frame. Following along will keep you focused on the exercise and not on your revision. And by the end you will have had a break, done some form of exercise besides pacing across your living room, and the endorphins will make you feel happier. This one should probably be avoided if you’re working in the library.

Play a game: My new favourite is 2048. You can find tons of versions of the game. Some even have celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston, and one is all about swear words. Give yourself a time or game limit and you’ll be back to work in no time! 

Hannah is a 4th year student of English Literature and Art History at the University of St Andrews.