Hello everybody and happy Wednesday!!
How are you all?
I’m doing a new style of blog post today, which is actually the first post in my ‘Study With Soph’ series. This isn’t a series I’ll be posting on a weekly basis, maybe a couple of posts a month, however I hope it will prove useful to a few of you, especially if you’re like me and in Year 11, with teachers banging on and on about mock revision. How many times do they want to tell me that GCSEs are closer than I think?! The series I am sure will last for quite some time, and I can only imagine that every single post will be quite a long ramble, but I’m hoping some of you will find it helpful! A lot of my instagram followers have been asking me to do this on my story (where I post polls ALL THE TIME, you totally should follow me @lovesophblog_) too so I figured I might as well bite the bullet and do this post!
DISCLAIMER: I am by no means claiming to be some sort of revision queen, master of productivity and someone who never procrastinates and lives their life breezing through school with straight A*’s (or, you know, 9’s for those of us who are now forced into new and very annoying GCSE grades!). In actual fact, I am quite the opposite; I desperately lack motivation, I find doing my homework an absolute chore and don’t even get me started on how much I don’t like revising – I do however like producing revision as it helps me feel as though I’m learning something, and notes look pretty. Lets hope that this series might help me gain some motivation and also help you all gain motivation and the resources to begin revising! Also, I’m well aware that ‘study’ is more of an American term, and in the U.K. we use ‘revision’ more, but ‘study with soph’ sounds better than ‘revision with soph’, right?
So, now all of that rambly introduction is out of the way, let’s get on with the blog post!
I’m going to be talking about many many different revision resources that I use, not only to revise but to gain motivation and revision skills. I think that motivating yourself to revise is actually very important as well as doing actual revision, alongside finding somewhere to gain the skills to revise (hint hint; my favourite revision methods post is also coming up soon) as I know that some schools aren’t great with telling you ways in which you can revise, and just scream ‘NOTES AND FLASHCARDS!!’ and have done with it.
So, in this post you’ll be reading about my favourite websites, youtube channels, studygrams and other little bits and bobs which I’ve found really helpful over the course of the past few years.
If, like me, you’re relatively new to having discovered the world of studygrams, then I’m sure you’re probably as excited as me, because they are AMAZING!! The term ‘studygram’ is basically an instagram account where students post their notes, study tips and other inspiring posts that get you in the mood for revising. They’re often very aesthetically pleasing to look at, and I have found myself following many many studygrams! Here are just a few:
@gcse_studies – This is definitely one of my favourite studygram accounts, because she is taking her GCSEs in 2018 like me, but shes (I’m so sorry I don’t know her name, ‘she’ probably sounds really rude!) also super inspiring and the workload which she takes on is insane! I love watching her instagram stories as I find her Q&A style posts on there really motivating and interesting.
@studyishh – This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing accounts of the bunch, absolutely love love love their posts and find them very motivating. Again, their GCSEs are in 2018 which is always useful as it often means the posts I’m looking at are current to me!
@evie.studying – Evie is also a youtuber I watch, as her revision/study with me videos are great! She also has a really nice way of revising history with a certain method of making mindmaps which she displays on there and they’re very pretty!
@meandmystudygram – Anna’s studygram is really quite new, but I can sense that I’m going to really enjoy her posts!
@lydia.studies – Lydia is doing A-Levels, but shes a popular youtuber who also has a studygram and I’ve been following her for some time. Her posts are always very motivating and really pretty!
Okay, so those are the immediate studygrams which I think of, but there are so so many more (if you go look for the ones I follow on instagram then you’re bound to find some amazing ones!)
I have a lot of revision resources that are online on websites and many an article which I have found helpful when I’m revising, all of which I’ll be sharing here! Some of these websites are also apps, which I’ll tell you if it’s relevant!
Get Revising – This is probably one of the best websites out there for finding other people’s revision resources which are highly relevant to your specification, and it’s full of notes, flashcards, review pages and even past papers! It has even got a revision timetable which I don’t personally use but it’s very useful for some people.
The Student Room – This is also part of Get Revising, but it’s more of a chatty and laid back website, filled with forums where you can literally ask any question and get answers, which is good for homework or revision questions. This also has useful articles about mocks, like this one here which I enjoyed reading and I think that the downloadable resources will prove quite useful.
Free Science Lessons – This guy does some pretty useful science videos on youtube, but his website is also good for science revision.
My GCSE Science – I also really like my GCSE science for science revision
Kerboodle – This is great if your school pays for it, because it means all your textbooks will be online!
Memrise – This is really good for learning vocab for GCSE languages; I use it to attempt to learn vocab for French, and sadly I am surprisingly competitive with it! Memrise also has an app, which is very useful for learning vocab on the go!
Quizlet – In my opinion, this is without a doubt the best flashcard app ever, and it’s not only a website but also an app so it is super convenient!
Youtube is one of my favourite places to get motivation from, and it also has some great channels for revision!
Mr Bruff – Mr Bruff is very good for english lit and language revision, and I usually use him if I don’t fully understand a question in language or briefly watch his poetry videos to see if there are any interesting points i’m missing.
I mentioned this website above, but his science videos are really consice but still tell you what you need to know, and it makes Chemistry a little less complicated for me which is always good!
I mentioned her studygram above, but I love Evies videos and her study with me posts are very motivational!
Aside from being one of my favourite youtubers, Eve Bennett does some amazing revision videos on her revision channel. From Q&A videos, to how I revise videos and study with me’s, all her videos are informative and very motivating!
I really like Rhiannon’s study with me’s, and while I’ve only newly discovered her I’m really enjoying watching her.
Another couple of channels that I think deserve a mention are Unjaded Jade, Lydia Violeta, Ruby Granger and Floral Sophia.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post, which was one of my longer ones at 1,300 words+!! If you found it useful make sure that you give it a like and leave me a comment with some feedback or any other posts you’d like in this series. Do we use any of the same resources to study!
I’m looking forward to writing some more posts in this series!!