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Revision vs Procrastination - The never-ending battle by Rhodri Andrews

Published: 1st June 2010 10:31

By Rhodri Andrews

As my third and final year at university comes to an end, it almost feels like I have nothing left to do. However, revision is on the cards.

Exams are hated because of the daunting amount of revision that needs to be done. So that is why students, myself included, constantly try to find ways to procrastinate. The most menial of tasks suddenly seem appealing, with fetching a drink being more preferable to a dose of cultural geographies. Even random suggestions enter your head, like rearranging your sock drawer, whereas under normal circumstances this would be considered tedious, and more to the point, very strange.

Revision marks the start of the exam period, and as you get more and more fidgety during the daytime, an “anything on tv will do” attitude is adopted. Even adverts seem to be watched more closely, a desperate attempt to excuse yourself from looking at notes during the interval.

It is not just third years at university like myself that seem to have a concentration issue. Young people of different ages all have their own ways of avoiding revision at any level, and even though it is laughable now to think I struggled to sit through a GCSE Bitesize video, it still seemed a painful exercise.

I think the fact that the Bitesize programmes always had a clock in the corner made them drag on and on. Couple this with an unhealthy dose of patronising presenters and you have a marriage made in heaven to make a student cry out for something else to do. Thankfully there are no such videos for my final exams, but then again maybe an over-friendly presenter could be a welcome relief to facing revision alone.

You’re most likely all thinking that I should be used to revision by now, and quite rightly too. Through my gluttony for procrastination I may have painted a bad picture of myself as a poor student, but I think most, if not all students, would put revision at the bottom of their favourite things to do.

Revision will always be a difficult task to endure for any student, and while it has to be done, I am confident that the art of procrastination will never die. Anyway, I better go, the cutlery needs counting.

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Peter Hopkinson
At 10:59 on 1st June 2010, Peter Hopkinson responded:
This so brings back memories of my university days!! Good luck to all students taking their exams. It will soon be over!
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