Revision… WA WA WA

Oh revision, my old pal. You never cease to visit me every Christmas do you? And every Easter, you are so thoughtful that way…

Yes this is another revision angst post and yes this is mostly a procrastinatory revision angst post. I seem to spend my entire life plonked down at our kitchen table, books spread like margarine all over said table precariously adding to the teetering tower of coffee mugs that gets gradually taller throughout the day.

It is more than a little depressing to have nothing more to do with your life than sit and learn neuroanatomy from day to day. On the bright side, one of our anatomy tutors is frankly hilarious and his emails/ e-learning resources brighten up revision considerably. For instance:

I asked him a question by email and I get this response:


Sent from my IPhone: Android is for suckers.

I probably laughed more than I should have at that, but in my defence revision does send me mildly insane and delirious.

Does anyone else have the need to consume endless chocolate when revising? I do. I’m convinced that over exams I should put on more than half of my body weight again from the number of Smarties that I eat. Smarties are particularly good for revision motivation as you can make a to-do list and put a Smartie next to each item so that when you complete it, you get to eat it! What could be better? My issue is that I just eat them all after achieving one thing on my list, and then move onto the biscuits.
I am of course completely exaggerating. Though I am partial to a packet of Smarties here and there when revising.

To be fair, this year I have drastically cut out my procrastination. I used to be a queen but I seem to be flunking my procrastination class this year. This is, of course, wonderful for my marks. I used to do anything to get out of revision, including pulling out the fridge/freezer to clean behind it something that never otherwise gets done. I also pick back up old hobbies whilst I have no time for them, such as writing. I am in the process of writing a book but I am useless at writing with any regularity and yes, you guessed it, I suddenly get the urge to get writing regularly again when the revision season comes around… typical. Still I’m much better these days and can survive most of the day without procrastination.

She says…. writing a procrastinatory blog post.

Well on that note, I will leave you and return to the coffee cup mountain covered with worksheet snow.

Farewell, see you on the other side of exams. Best of luck with any of your revision everyone.

Thank you for reading!

Christmas is Nearing!

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Christmas holidays, on the one hand, the tinsel covered festive hand, I love Christmas because I get to spend time with my family and eat nice home cooked meals for once. On the other, pen covered hand, shrewn with paper cuts it is the time of revision and more revision in prep for January exams.

I’m sure most people with January exams will agree that it is really hard to enjoy Christmas to its full extent due to the never ending feeling of guilt that follows you everywhere when you aren’t working. Even on Christmas day I fell guilty which is ludicrous, and have been known to ram in a little bit of revision on Christmas day itself in the mornings whilst waiting for my teenage brother to surface from his duvet cocoon.

This year though it’s sure to be even worse because coming up in Jan are the exams that are notoriously the ones that people at my medical school are most likely to fail simply because of the volume of neuroanatomy we are expected to know. I have been trying to start revision now but with all the secret santas to organise and the shows I’m directing/am in and auditions coming up I just have no time.

Lets hope I get the balance right! Good luck to everyone else starting your revision – you’re not alone in your pain!

And Merry Advent!

(Still need to get myself an advent calender – the picture of organisation as ever.)