10 Ways to Nail Your Revision This Exam Season

10 Ways to Nail Your Revision

Exam season and revision is a massive part of any students year, whether your doing your GCSE’s, A-Levels or your finishing your year at university. It’s a time that so many of us hate and utterly dread, but it’s your final obstacle to face before you can have the most amazing summer. I’m sure that revision is implanted in most of your brains at the minute and you’re constantly trying to find more hours in the day to tick off that revision to do list. So, I’m sharing 10 ways that you can nail your revision this exam season, and make sure that you smash those end of year exams…

1.Get Organised- Before you do any revision it’s super important that you make sure you know what you actually need to revise. Something I’ve done is got a separate revision notebook for each subject and then written a check list of the topics I need to cover. Then I know what’s on the spec and can tick it off when I’ve done it.

2. Be Realistic- We’re all culprits of doing this, but it’s so important that you stay realistic with how much revision you can do in one day. 3/4 topics is usually my limit, especially if I plan it around my social life and having regular breaks to just completely take my mind off revision.

3. Short bursts of time- Most people work best in short busts of time, so 35-45 minutes and then have a break for 30 minutes or so. That way you stay engaged and interested in what your revising and not just turn off and have to go over the same topics again when you can’t remember anything.

4. New surroundings- As much as I love being at my desk to revise and having everything I need around me, sometimes this is really unproductive and demotivating. So, go somewhere new, maybe a friend or relatives house, a café, library or even just another room in your house; so you don’t feel so trapped by your revision.

5. Leave time- The best way to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed and stressed out is just to make sure you leave time to revise. Don’t start one or two weeks before your exam, but leave 7/8 weeks instead and then you don’t have to do so much revision every week. You can do it more slowly and in chunks.

6. Variety- This is so key to making sure you don’t get bored by your revision, even if it is making you want to kill your self. So, watch videos, make mind maps, write notes and talk over topics with friends in your class, so you can engage with your revision.

7. Colour- This doesn’t work for everyone, however if your creative and want to make your revision more interesting to look at, then I love to use colour. Before I make any mind maps I always empty out my pencil case, with coloured pens and highlighters so that I can use them whilst I’m revising. I love making everything look pretty, so this is the perfect technique to engage me in my revision.

8. Snacks- When your revising and using a lot of brain power, it’s essential that you have some food to keep you motivated and alert. Chocolate is perfect for a bit of sugar rush and to satisfy that sweet craving, but I also love having a banana. I just think they really boost my concentration and give me some motivation when I feel tired of revision and have still got lots to do.

9. Start from the beginning- When I’m revising I always like to start from the beginning and then work through all the topics. Not only does this ensure you know all the content, but it also just seems more logical to me and makes sure I don’t get confused on what is on each of my exams.

10. Past Exam Questions- Knowing the content is just one part of the exam, you also need to know how to answer the questions and the type of answers the exam board are looking for. So do lots of practice exam questions and ask your teacher to mark them. This way you can practice the type of questions you will have in the exam and can also get feedback on what you don’t understand or are getting wrong.

I hope some of these tips will help you ease the pain of revision and help you nail your exams.

Rachel x

Have Faith In Your Journey

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I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, and that no matter how hard the situation is or the lesson you have to learn, it was brought to your life for a reason. I’ve got to admit there’s been times in my life where I’ve not been able to know the reason, not even for a long time, but as you look how the path of your life altered from that point, you begin to realise. Whether that’s loosing your job, but then being offered a new one that can take you on a different career path, or whether it’s falling out with a friend and actually realising that the friendship was toxic and that you’ve been able to make much better friends since. You need to have faith in your journey, what’s set out for you is there to challenge, scare and even intimidate, but not ever to defeat.

As it comes up to exam season, there’s such a huge new life chapter waiting ahead for me, and I know that I’m just about to close my entire childhood one. In two weeks time I’m going to be saying goodbye to school for good, doing my exams and looking forward to being let free into the world and to really start the path to my dream career. I already know where I’m going and what I’m going to do, but if you don’t you just need to have faith that whatever happens there’s a reason behind it. The best you can do is put plans in place, work your arse off and hope that you get the results you want and need. If you do then that’s amazing, you’ve got the pass to the next stage in your life, whether that’s A-Levels, College, an apprenticeship or university. However, if you don’t quite get what you were hoping for, then don’t loose faith as there’s a different path set out for your life that will make you succeed. Yes you may have to work hard for it, but we all will; so have faith that no matter what challenge’s life throws at you, you are strong enough to take them.

Our whole human bodies are made to be broken, hurt, damaged and imperfect, but they can also be fixed, healed, can forgive and can be worked on. Just because you life takes a different turn, does not mean that you have failed at it. Instead it’s leading you to better things. Some of the best people, ideas, and situations come out of nowhere and you need to take them in your stride and know that they’re meant to be in your life for a reason. But don’t ever feel like you can’t be scared of them, as change is not only such a massive thing in your life but it’s also not really liked by anyone; but it has to be done.

Good Luck to all you lovely people starting exams over the next few weeks and months, I know you’ll smash it and remember to always have faith in your own journey.

Rachel x

5 Years Of Blogging

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This month marks the anniversary of my blogging journey and a massive 5 years of sharing my love for fashion and lifestyle with all you. I can’t believe how quick the time has flied, and it only feels like five minutes ago since I first hit that Publish button and was creating some of my first posts. It’s so crazy to not only think how far this blog has come, as well as my content and really discovering my own style. But, also how far I’ve come as an online creator and growing from a teenager with dreams, to a woman with so much vision for the future. I feel like I’ve truly grown up on this blog and you have all been able to follow me on this amazing journey, full of opportunities.

When I first created this space on the internet, I really had no idea what a blog even was or what industry I was coming into. The popularity in blogging has grown so much over the last five years, with the massive boom in social media and YouTube, and really it’s so much better than it ever used to be. I’m now able to extend this blog to all of my social media channels and really create an amazing platform; allowing me to interact with all of you on a more personal level. It’s so much more than just having a blog now, as it’s also about the blogger themselves, and sharing their lives, fears, hopes and dreams with their readers; which is what I’m really loving about it. You can talk about whatever you want, share all of your stories, showcase your latest purchases or your beautiful holiday pictures, without having to be put into any type of box. I learnt a long time ago that this blog was just as much for me, as it is for all of you, and it will only be a true reflection of what I love, if I do it straight from the heart.

What I really can’t believe and I’m so grateful for, is the amount of milestones and opportunities I’ve had over the last five years. I’ve been able to work with so many amazing brands, such as Farfetch, Zaful, Bonobos, CLC World Travel and Tommy John, just to name a few. It still blows my mind that anyone other than my family and friends even read what I write every week, despite big brands contacting me and wanting to work together on a piece of content. It’s really helped me to grow my confidence in my own abilities and to push myself to create some great content, that I’m still super proud of. But more than anything, it’s so unbelievable to be able to have these opportunities and I’m so grateful that for everything this blog has allowed me to do so far.

Every single milestone means so much to me, even from the first ever post like, to my first 100 followers, to my first comment, my 1000 followers and all of my blogging anniversaries. I’m so happy that I’m still able to have this little place on the internet, to share all my love for fashion and style, but also to have a hobby I really love and I’m dedicated to.

It’s been a crazy five years so far, and I can’t wait to see what the next few months and years hold for me and this blog. Here’s to the next chapter…

Rachel x

A Day In London | Notting Hill & Kensington Palace

 

IMG_3005London is my favourite place to go in the UK. I just love the entire vibe of the city, how bustling all the people are, how there is an endless amount of unique places to visit and that the shops stay open way past 5’oclock. It’s a city I could really see myself living in and that’s why I love taking a whole day to go and be a tourist in our amazing capital city.

Usually, whenever I visit we drive to one of the first tube stations, like Edgeware or Stanmore, park and then buy 1-6 zone tube ticket into central London. This is a fairly cheap way of being able to visit the city, without all the expense and stress of driving into the center or catching the train. However, this time me and my mum decided to check out how much it would be to go on the train and see how it compared. Even though it cost us slightly more than the petrol and parking would have, at one of the tube stations, it saved us so much time and we were able to get there in just over an hour. It would normally take 1 hour to an hour and half, without traffic just to get to the tube stations.

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The whole reason we wanted to go down to London, was to go and see Princess Diana’s ‘Her Fashion Story’ exhibition at Kensington Palace. We originally went to see the fashion styles re-worked exhibition, showcasing dresses that belonged to Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and a few of Princess Diana’s as well, back in 2016 and we thought it was amazing.

So, as we both love how the royal women are such style icons, we had to go back and see the exhibition that was purely dedicated to the people’s princess, which has opened this year and is running until 2019. When we visited before I didn’t bring my proper Canon camera, and I was so annoyed that I wasn’t able to share some of the amazing exhibition with you, so this year I was determined to take lot’s of photos to share in a blog post.

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It was amazing to see how striking some of her most famous dresses are, and how much they portrayed the trends of the 80’s. Her look was all about ruffles, lace, shoulder pads and looking feminine, but with that strong regal edge. They would be so out of place in today’s modern style, but it was amazing to think they had such a strong story behind them of an everyday woman who has thrown into the royal limelight.

The showcase of some of the original dress designs were beautiful and it was so interesting to know how old these are and you can imagine each and every famous fashion designer, creating an iconic look for the young princess. They are such a great keepsake and I would love to be able to have these designs in my walk in wardrobe or office, in my future home.

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After visiting the beautiful exhibition, I wanted to go and explore some of the smaller, less well-known places in central London. So, Notting hill was first on my list because I’ve heard some many bloggers and youtubers talk about how beautiful it is, and so I wanted to see it for myself.

It’s a place I would really recommend visiting, if you want to go somewhere that’s a bit more off the beaten track, because it’s a lot more relaxed compared to central London and has much more of a rustic, unique vibe. The different rows of coloured houses, gorgeous individual deli’s and patisserie’s, and the addition of Portobello road market just around the corner. They had a range of small delicate jewellery and leather bag stalls, mixed with more modern stores such as Cath Kidston.

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Rachel x

Spring Wishlist | White High Low Dress, Designer Bags and Embroidery

 

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Lulu Guiness Rucksack | £375, Blue Vanilla Jacket | £60, Zaful Embroided Tunic | $27.99, Zaful Cut Out Pointed Stiletto’s | $35.99, Ted Baker Red Bag | £160 , Topshop Embroided Jeans | £59

As it’s starting to get warmer in the UK, I’m really enjoying dressing for the spring season and purchasing some new items to add to my wardrobe. So, I’m working with the beauties at Zaful to show you some of the pieces I’m currently lusting after; such as this embroided white high low dress or dress formal dresses, which would be perfect for an upcoming summer party or a prom.

This season I just can’t get enough of embroidery. It’s just so feminine and also adds a nice amount of detail to a usually plain pair of jeans or a jacket. I particularly love the traditional red and green floral embroidery, on these Topshop Jamie Jeans because it adds something extra to the denim and makes them more of a special and seasonal appropriate pair to wear. The embroidery is also not too in your face, and doesn’t take away from how well-fitting the jeans are. So many pairs similar to this, are always boyfriend or mom style, and even though they are a nice addition to your wardrobe, I honestly don’t think you can beat a really good pair of skinny jeans.

If you’ve been a reader for a long time, then you will know that I have a real love and border line addiction for handbags. I especially love the British brand Lulu Guiness because of just how feminine all of her iconic bags are and particularly the traditional lips design. However, recently this gorgeous black leather backpack with a gold lips clasp, has caught my eye and I can’t stop thinking about it since. I just think that backpacks are so useful for summer and this one would just add a bit more style and glamour to the whole idea. But, it’s super expensive and definitely a piece that I will have to save up for or buy when it’s on sale.

Shoes are also quickly becoming another love of mine, and I’m really into more pointy stilettos styles at the minute. I bought a nude pair back in March, for one of my best friends wedding and I’ve just fallen in love with how elegant they make you look. They really elongate your legs and add a bit of a stronger contrast to an otherwise very feminine outfit. So, this gorgeous cut out tan pair from Zaful, caught my eye straight away. I love how well these will work with this seasons embroidery and lace, but also work perfectly with for both a casual day look or a dressy evening vibe. They would be so versatile and be a pair in my collection that I would wear over and over again. I definitely need to pick these beauties up.

What items are you lusting over this season?

Rachel x