Hey there Guys,
I'm right in the middle of my GCSE's at school, and i must admit i'm feeling the stress but surprisingly and thanks to a special teacher i'm coping a lot better than i thought i would do.
Like most people with dyslexia i have an extremely short attention span, and i find motivating myself to sit down and study hard.
On top of all the extra study sessions and course work deadlines from school, going home and doing even more work is the last thing i find myself wanting to do.
So i don't, i simply relax...if I've been in school doing 6 hours of work for the day isn't that enough? I've discovered it's important to have the correct work/relax balance if you're going to achieve anything, and this is something schools don't touch upon or take into consideration, especially with dyslexic students around.
You do A LOT of work in school, and although other students may be going home and spending there nights revising, this wasn't working for me, i was doing so much 'revision' but it wasn't really revision because i wasn't taking it in.
I'd had a really bad day at school one day, and was in tears because i really didn't feel i was coping, everything i seemed to do went wrong, or wasn't working. I was overly stressed and with all my friends around me getting As and A*'s, i was constantly comparing myself to them, this didn't help in the slightest. I decided to go and speak to the one teacher i though might possibly understand or be able to help me. So with slight hope, i went to see my form tutor, who himself is Dyslexic.
Turns out i felt like this is because i was doing far too much work I was trying to cram everything into my brain every moment i had, thinking i was 'revising' but really i was just wasting time and hurting myself more.
He told me to go home that night, and not to revise, just to pick a work book up and see how long it was before i found myself just starting at the page, with my mind wandering everywhere else. I lasted 7 minuets... my next instructions were to go away and watch TV or sit on my laptop....so i did. After about 20 minuets i found myself actually wanting to do some work again, so back to my book it was for around another 7 minuets before my mind started wondering. I did this for about 2 hours that evening.
The next day, i went into form and spoke to my tutor again, i told him how long i had lasted revising, and he pointed out in those 2 hours i had probably done about 50 minuets of fantastic revision and it's true, i had, i could remember what i'd read over clearly and i realized it was some of the best revision i had ever done. I went home and did the same for about 2 hours, when i went to bed that night i found i actually fell asleep, and i wasn't stressed in the slightest. I'd relaxed but also knew that i'd covered what i needed to in revision, and this is what my weekends turned into.
I don't revising in the week now, i do the work i have to at school in study sessions and i go home, relax, play horses...whatever takes my fancy. Then on the weekend i do my short spurts of revision. Revising properly is something i never thought i would genuinely be able to do, but shock horror - 'CANT' is not a word! Because i CAN revise effectively.
So if you're struggling with revising, or exam stress, take a day or even just an hour to try this method- i know it's helped quite a few people i've passed it onto now, everyone having different times they can spend revising. You never know, you may surprise yourself!
As well as spreading revision techniques, i also think this proves that there is a need for decent teachers that are experienced, or genuinely understand the needs and feelings of Dyslexic students and that are approachable as well...because if you're anything like me you'd usually be far to suborn, un-confident or proud to admit any kind of struggle.
I'm sorry, i know this is long but i thought i should share it with you all, and i'm not to amazing at writing...Now seeming as this is my revision break, i genuinely do need to do some more revision!
P.S Good luck to anyone and everyone doing their exams at the moment! Let's show them;)!