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Making the Most of Revision

Christmas is so nearly here, but first: exams.

If your semester has been anything like mine, you will be finding that revision and exams have sprung up out of nowhere, and all your good intentions about starting revision early have yet to materialise. As exams begin, The Stand is here to guide you through making the most of it.

  1. Make a to-do list. Work out everything you want to cover and write it all down, but try to keep it as broad as possible – eg. “Do biographical research of all the authors on your course.” Don’t be too specific, as an overly-long list will be off-putting. You want to cover the basics, and then you can be more specific when deciding what you need to do each day. If you’re looking for a digital to-do list tool I can recommend Trello. It allows you to easily keep tabs on what’s being done, what’s finished and what you still have left to do.

 

  1. Stock up on snacks. There is nothing worse than being hungry when revising, and chocolate makes for an excellent motivator. If you self-cater, make sure you do a big shop at the beginning of the week so you don’t interrupt your flow. Avoid just eating junk food, and try to focus on getting in healthy fats like avocados to aid your brain function. Make sure you take proper breaks for meals – you need to fuel yourself well if you want to succeed.

 

  1. Try studying in different spots. Spending 14 hours a day in the library will kill your motivation like nothing else, so make sure you switch it up. Revision week is the perfect place to explore all of St Andrews study spots and find the place that’s best for you. Check out our article on the best places to work in town.

 

  1. Go for walks. Everyone knows you need to take regular breaks whilst studying to give your brain a rest. However, scrolling through social media for ten minutes whilst still sitting at your desk doesn’t quite cut it. Instead, pop outside, even if only for a couple of minutes. The Scottish winter may not make this an appealing prospect, but a breath of fresh air does the world of good, and is exactly what you need to refresh yourself before getting back to studying.

 

  1. Try to get up early. I know it goes against everything students stand for, but it’s not actually compulsory to sleep in until 1pm when there’s nothing scheduled in your diary. Getting up early and being productive at a time when you’d normally be sleeping makes you feel great about yourself, and actually motivates you to work harder for the rest of the day.

 

  1. Download a productivity app. It happens to the best of us; you’re happily revising and go on your phone to reply to just one message and suddenly its half an hour later and you’re two years deep in your crush’s Instagram. Productivity apps are ideal for motivating you to work for a set amount of time without getting distracted. My personal favourite is Forest; you grow a tree whilst studying, and if you leave the app the tree will die. It gives you coin rewards and motivates you to build up streaks, so is ideal for anyone who likes a challenge.

All that remains to be said is good luck! Don’t work too hard and try to enjoy the last couple of weeks before the holidays!

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    Proudest victory: 2012 Super Bowl MVP and 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Matt Ryan (Buffalo Bills).

    Scout’s Most Valuable Players in 2013: WR Sammy Watkins, WR Marquise Goodwin, CB Aqib Talib, OG Ben McAdoo, DT Geno Atkins.

    Best move: QB Sam Bradford was signed to a five-year, $54 million extension in 2014.

    Striking back: A year after the Rams made major headway to make the playoffs for the first time in their 13-year history, coach Jeff Fisher is back for a 12th season in the NFL.

    Struggles: The Rams’ 2014 schedule was not favorable. The winless Jets and Redskins held them to 37 points and six fourth-quarter comebacks. And they were a combined 19-19 through two games in the preseason, meaning no matter the circumstances, it was a slow start in the new city of St. Louis.

    Grade: B

    The 2013 season was an uphill battle for the Rams to make a playoff run, especially considering they finished 26th overall in DVOA and 17th in yards per game allowed (28.3). But the Rams’ return to glory came from what they did to play catch-up.

    With five NFL draft picks in this year’s draft, coach Jeff Fisher took the biggest leap of his career with an improved offense. But it hasn’t produced as much as the offensive line played last season, which put it back where it was before the offseason.

    Fisher and the offensive line were just as good in 2013.

    Proudest win: 2013 NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears. The Rams were without starting center John Sullivan for the last two quarters with a broken fibula, so the 49ers had to run away with the game with a late touchdown drive that gave them a 35-29 win.

    Scout’s Most Valuable Players in 2013: Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams (Dallas Cowboys), Pro Bowl center Trent Williams (Dallas Cowboys), Pro Bowl guard Jason Peters (Carolina Panthers).

    Best move: Coach Jeff Fisher hired Greg Roman as offensive coordinator for the 2015 season. Roman has taken the Chargers to the brink of Super Bowl XLVI, winning back-to-back division titles for the first time since 2003 and 2004.

    Striking back: The first three weeks of 2015 were as difficult as the 2015 team has been in many, many years. At times, it seemed like the team couldn’t get off the field on time.

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    Missing man found safe in New Brunswick home

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    A 28-year-old New Brunswick man was found Thursday afternoon inside an apartment with three dead bodies, police said.

    Dwayne T. McGlone of Woodstock was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with the deaths of his father, his grandfather and his brother, police said.

    He was released to appear at court on Wednesday.

    Dwayne T. McGlone on Wednesday. (Facebook)

    Police said McGlone called 911 and had trouble understanding the instructions to rescue the three individuals because they were too far away. Police say McGlone said there was no way he could possibly rescue them all if they were killed in the house.

    A body was identified Friday as that of Brian L. McGlone, 43, of Woodstock.

    A funeral service is planned for 8 p.m. today at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in St. Albert. A casket will be held Tuesday at Woodstock City Hall.

    McGlone’s brother, Dwayne D. McGlone, is living with his mother and stepfather in the North End in downtown Toronto and died last May of liver disease, police said.

    Investigators were able to identify Brian L. McGlone as the body had been identified, police said. A woman who answered the phone at the McGlone home in the 8300 block of South Eglinton Avenue found a note on Wednesday that said Brian L. McGlone had died from liver disease a few months earlier.

    Suffolk Regional Police say they had no other details of the arrest of McGlone and did not provide a detailed description of the victims or their deaths.

    Police will provide further details when there is an arrest warrant out.

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    A Melbourne school has been warned it could be forced to remove its “anti-racism” banner because of racism within its Australian Indigenous community.

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    Govt accused of gagging new indigenous council by allowing it to use the $60,000 fee for private-sector meetings

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has revealed he was forced to call for extra funding for indigenous organisations for a number of weeks due to “bureaucratic bloat”.

    As well as being forced to call for extra resources to his office, the Opposition Leader revealed that he sought an amendment to a law so that an indigenous organisation – which does not pay tax on income or wealth – would be forced to pay a new $60,000 fee to its local branch of the state government to fund a series of public meetings which they do not use themselves.

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    “Under our previous budget the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Greg Hunt, said there would be a limit to the amount that an Indigenous person could receive. There was a limit based on their age. But under that bill the Minister for Indigenous Affairs had to provide his own figures for Aboriginal organisations in order to achieve that.

    “This legislation is not new. It’s in the Senate and we understand it’s been through both the lower house and the upper house and it is already in the bill.”

    The Government Communications and Press office has rejected the Opposition Leader’s claim.