The Struggles of a Reader: Exams and reading!

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So I have decided to start a little series on my blog ‘The Struggles of a Reader’ and I thought I’d start with what inspired this, procrastination. Yes, I’m doing this instead of much needed revision… Anyway, I hope you enjoy and can relate to some points!

It’s exam season and everywhere readers are being dragged away from their books and blogs. There’s something about the crushing realisation that exams are starting this month that makes the thought of jumping into a fictional world even more enticing.

Becoming an official book nerd that does nothing but read all day is everyone’s goal, but it’s good to have a plan B because it doesn’t look like mourning fictional characters is an actual job (yet).

So now that we all understand that exams are somewhat important (after all you need to pass these exams to get a job and getting a job equals more money for books so it’s not too bad) the question is; how do you drag yourself away from your bookshelf? The obvious idea is too remove the bookshelf, but there’s no way we can survive that kind of emotional trauma. Here are some tips on how to put that book down.

  • Don’t read a series! The idea of completely abandoning reading is clearly impossible so try reading something that won’t lead to having to read 7 more books to get to the ending.
  • Get a family member to glare at you every time you read. It doesn’t matter if it’s a parent, sibling or your cat having someone remind you that you should be reading a revision book helps.
  • Think about what will happen if you don’t pass those exams. With out a job how are you going to pay for all those shiny new books you can buy later? Also the thought of failure and having to live in a cardboard box helps (the more dramatic the better).
  • Readers anonymous. Find other people struggling from the same compulsive reading disorder as you and help each other out.

Okay the book situation is sorted, but what about the blogs that just seem to swallow time up? Apart from moving to a remote area in the Himalayas far away from any possible internet connection you’re going to have to live with the wifi calling your name.

Now it’s time for a science lesson with Nadine. It’s been proven that looking at just a simple notification on your phone will make you loose concentration and it’ll take another 10 minutes before you’re properly focused in your work again. You see that little button that says ‘off’ next to the wifi? You’ve probably never heard of it, but it exists go ahead try it out.

  • Uninstall apps! Sometimes it’s just easier to uninstall things like Instagram and Tumblr.
  • I’ll repeat this tip again for the people in the back. Turn the wifi off!
  • Tell your followers that you’re revising and that you won’t be as active. That way you don’t have to worry about keeping your blog active. They’ll probably be doing the same exams as you.

These are all very specific to problems readers face so here are just some general exam tips

  • Music. Most people say music helps them study, but most music doesn’t! Don’t listen to music with words in as it distracts you. The best is any kind of classical/piano music (Ludovico Einaudi’s Divenire is great). It’s also important that it’s something you’ve heard before. If it is something new you might want to listen to it once before revising. Film scores are also great (to be honest the Lord of the Rings score is the only thing that’s getting me through my A Levels).
  • Write everything by hand! If you write by hand instead of on your laptop you will remember far more. It does take a bit longer, but it’s worth it.
  • If you’re not 100% sure about something or just need a new way to revise Youtube videos are the best. Just put in what exam you’re taking and you’ll find so many videos.

Now the most important thing to remember, DON’T STRESS! Yes, education is important, but look after yourself and don’t over do it. 


There are all the tips for readers taking exams! Good luck in your GCSE’s, A Levels etc I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly!

I’m now off to ignore my own advice and read instead of looking into the causes of the Russian Revolution…


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