Here’s Your Guide To The Blurting Revision Technique

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! If you’ll remember, I recently wrote a post on Active Recall, and how that can help you in school. In the post, I mentioned that blurting is a form of active recall – and today I’ll be getting into the specifics of it. Let’s jump into it!

What Is Blurting?

Blurting is essentially what it sounds like – blurting out information! But the idea is, you do this without looking at any of your notes prior to doing this. That way, your brain has to work harder to retrieve information (this is active recall!) That way, everything that’s been blurted is consolidated information and you’ll have a chance to identify any gaps in your knowledge.

Where Do You Start?

Start by choosing a subject and then choosing a topic within that subject. For my example, I chose Geography and then within that: River Processes.(But you can do this for any subject). I’d also like to note that it will be much more easier afterwards if you choose medium sized topics that are already sectioned off in your notes / revision guide because it will make your life a lot easier.

Then, I’d find a blank piece of paper – and blurt down everything I already know about river processes. Remember, don’t look at anything prior because the key is to make your brain work.

Once I’ve done this, I’ll look back through the notes for that subject and add in any extra information or correct any mistakes I’ve made. And I’ll highlight them to make it very clear – because the important information is the information I don’t know.

How Do You Progress Afterwards?

After you’ve finished the blurt, you just have to revise the content again. Remember, the key is to revise your weak points (the areas that you highlighted on your finished blurt) because that’s where the gaps in your knowledge are, and there’s no point revising what you’re already confident on. Remember, this helps with efficiency so working smart would be revising only what you need to revise!

Again, it’s best to do this with another active recall technique. Like flashcards, teaching someone or even a second blurt.


I hope this proved useful for any of you who have exams coming up! Let me know in the comments your favourite revision methods.

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Let’s Talk About Academic Pressure…

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today’s post will be another school-related one. A while ago when I posted my reminders for the new year, I mentioned that I didn’t want to let my grades define me and put too much pressure on myself. It was so comforting to hear that other people related to me, so today’s post will be a discussion on academic pressure. Let’s jump into it!

What Exactly Is Academic Pressure?

An experience in which a student is burdened by the demands of time and energy to achieve specific academic goals

Academic Pressure by The Cougar

In my opinion, academic pressure is very much a cause of burnout due to the fact that a student feels like they can’t cope with a lot of work / revision in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately, this is becoming increasingly popular nowadays causing students to suffer from a lot more mental health problems.

Where Does It Stem From?

So, I hate to say it but academic pressure can actually come from within ourselves sometimes too. For the longest time I would blame other factors. Of course, they might be a small root cause. But at the end of the day, it’s you who decides whether you listen to those external voices or not, and ultimately you’re the one who will be doing the work which might create even more pressure.

With that being said, there still can be stemming factors which prompted you to put pressure on yourself in the first place. A few of them are:

  • Parental Expectations
  • Having A High Achieving Family
  • Teacher Expectations
  • Succeeding Friends
  • High Achieving Local Community

I do just want to note that these are just a few examples that I can think of, and that everyone’s experiences are different. in fact, some of these factors may be indirect causes instead of direct. For example, a high achieving family may never want to put pressure on you, but because of that you may feel like you have to do well for them to see your potential. This can still cause pressure regardless of whether they directly put pressure on you or not. And even that can be really upsetting,

Why Do You Put It On Yourself?

We’ve already talked about where the pressure stems from but the question is why do we let these causes consume us so much? And why do we listen to them and let them get the best of us. For me, I really believe societal pressure is the reason why we let these root causes get to ourselves so much.

Let’s take the example of high achieving family or friends. If they explicitly tell you to do well and you take pressure from that, then they become that external society wishing you do well. And if you feel that the pressure is indirect (they didn’t explicitly say anything) that could sometimes be even worse because external societies such as other families or other classmates will expect the same from you as you’re in a high achieving family or all your friends do well.

Nowadays, a lot of studying/dream grades are romanticised on social media by my generation. Which I think is great! It’s motivating students to work hard. But, I think we should just be really careful about the extent it goes to, because we don’t want to cause any pressure for any other students.

Overcoming The High Levels Of Pressure

Now don’t get me wrong, a little bit of pressure is extremely motivating – but too much is incredibly damaging. Honestly, overcoming high levels of student pressure isn’t just something that can happen overnight. It’s a lengthy process and one that I’m still going through. But a thing that really helps me is knowing that school doesn’t last forever. They’ll come a time where you reach your last day of school or university and all the pressure will just fade away, and you’ll be able to move on with the rest of your life.

Another thing I’d say is to be direct with yourself and others. Tell yourself you won’t exceed a maximum limit of studying each day and then also let your family and friends know how you’re feeling so they can hold you accountable. This has helped me so many times!


This post was quite personal for me, and I hope it could be relatable for anyone going through the same thing. Writing these posts honestly serve as a very beneficial reminder for myself!

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Why Your Grades Are NOT The Defining Feature Of Your Life

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today’s post is sort of going to be a follow up to my school goals post – in which I stated I wanted to stop letting my grades define me. A lot of people said they could relate to this, which was so comforting to me! So today, I’ll be sharing the reasons as to why your grades are not the defining feature of your life right now, and hopefully it can act as a reminder to myself too! Let’s jump into it!

School Is Only Temporary

If you think about it, throughout the course of life, you are only in school for around 15 years maximum, because then you’ll move onto university, jobs etc! The average life expectancy is around 73 years. That’s only around 20% of an average life in school. Therefore, your grades will feel like the most important thing in your life right now (and don’t get me wrong, they are still worth working for).

But in the bigger picture, your grades will only account for a small portion of your future. I’m sure you will go on to do even bigger and better things after you leave school. So, don’t feel like they are the defining feature of your life because that can stress you out when your tests and exams are only temporary in your life. don’t go to plan

They’re Only Determined From One Performance

I’m not sure about globally, but most schools where I live determine your grades based on a final exam rather than class performance (that’s how GCSEs and A-Levels work). This may work in a lot of people’s favours. But can sometimes go against them. As it means that even if you vigorously prepare, you don’t know what external factors could come into play on the day. Besides from the exam preparation, you have no control over what’s being asked, how long it will take to get there etc. These are all things that could alter your final grade, all because it’s determined from one exam on one day.

The point being, that your school life will still go on even if things don’t go to plan on exam day. Of course, make sure you succeed on the factors you can control, but besides that, you need to realise that there are other factors that aren’t taken into account when deciding your grades. Therefore, your grades are not a 100% accurate reflection of your performance – so please don’t let that define you if you don’t get the results you wanted.

You Have So Many More Aspects To Your Education

I know that when we think of the word education, one of the first things that comes to mind is grades. Nowadays, there’s growing pressure through social media and other factors to have the perfect grades and essentially romanticise your school life. Don’t get me wrong, grades are important. But we’re forgetting about other important educational aspects such as extracurricular activities and volunteering which play just as large a role in your future as your grades.

In 10 to 15 years, I’m sure a lot of employers will be focusing on your extracurricular activities and work experience that’s listened on your CV much more than your grades – as they show the hands on work you can do. Yes, work hard to make sure your grades show as much of your potential as possible, but please don’t overwork yourself because you also have other parts making up your education too.


Writing this post really acted as a great reminder for me as I have been going through my first week of school. I hope it can act as a reminder for anybody who feels like this too, remember your worth and know it’s much more than your grades! Thank you so much for reading, let me know any other advice you have in the comments.

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A Guide To A Productive Summer Break

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! It’s the beginning of the summer holidays now – and I could not be more excited. One thing I’m looking forward to is getting time to relax, however I think it is important to give yourself a small amount of time in the Summer to do something productive (and this can be done in a variety of out-of-the-box ways) So today, I’ll be sharing my guide to being productive this summer break!

Firstly, What Does It Mean To Be Productive?

Resulting in or providing a large amount or supply of something

Cambridge Dictionary

Above is the simplest definition of the word ‘productive.’ In this context, it’s doing a lot of something that can stimulate your brain or give it some type of new information (which usually provides pleasant results). For example, studying would be considered productive as it’s reinforcing new information!

Productivity means something different to everyone. To one person, it might be writing a fun blog post, or to another person it might be a 3 hour study session. Whatever it means to you, you can find ways to implement it, in the simplest ways, even in your summer break.

1 – Interleave Revision Sessions

Since this is summer break, I still want to include studying as a small part of my productivity. During your summer break, it is not necessary to work everyday for 6 hours a day (because the whole point of the break is to have time off of school). But, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to just interleave a few revision sessions over the course of the weeks during the break just to go over your notes before the new school year!

6 Week Break Example

  • Week 1 & 2 – Relax/Enjoy your summer break to the fullest
  • Week 3 – Exactly the same just include a few revision sessions over the course of that week
  • Week 4 & 5 – Relax/Enjoy your summer break to the fullest
  • Week 6 – Exactly the same just include a few revision sessions over the course of that week to prepare for back to school.

Even during the weeks where you include a few sessions, you don’t have to do that much! Maybe go over your notes from the previous year, or check up on anything you were unsure about. I’d say maximum do an hour a day as you’re only consolidating your notes – and pick one day to do a specific subject! Also, feel free to alter this if you make plans or are going on holiday (remember it’s your break so you don’t have to stick to this like an exam timetable!)

2 – Visit A New Place

It might sound surprising, but even by visiting a new area or attraction, it can still be counted as productive. Because you can provide your brain with new information, whether it’s being exposed to a new culture in a landmark, learning a new skill at an event or vising a museum with interesting facts!

A new place could really help you to expand your skillset and try new things – which is still productive. (Remember productivity is not just academic success!)

Some places I’d like to go are: Museums, Farms, Observatories etc! Many of these may also be free so check your local areas to see if there’s any new places you can visit this summer.

3 – Start A Passion Project

Everytime someone asks me to recommend them to do something new, I always think of a passion project – because they are amazing in so many ways!

Passion projects could include: A Youtube Channel, A Blog, A Podcast, Creating a Small Business etc.

These projects are the best because you can make them all about whatever you’re interested in, and they are known to benefit so many people in the future because of the new skills they gain and the experiences they go through.

Plus, your passion project will be completely different to someone else’s project so it helps it’s uniqueness. And it won’t feel like work if you’ve decided create one about something you truly love, and most people who start these always say it’s one of their best decisions!


I hope this post was useful to anyone who wants to have a fun summer while still being productive – remember productivity can be achieved in so many ways. Thanks for reading, please comment your summer plans and what you’re going to do!

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How You Can Be More Efficient With School Work

Hey everyone, Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog. As I’ve gotten older, you guys have too – and we are all getting to harder years with school, and we need to be more efficient with our work. So today, I’m sharing some tips on how to be more efficient with schoolwork. Let’s jump into it!

Do Your Homework The Day You Get It

I know this can seem annoying on the day, but doing your homework straight away will allow you to not be consumed by a build up of homework the day before it’s due. It also means you won’t be as stressed!

Have A Planner To Write All Your Work Down

Sometimes when we get given work, or a date for an exam, we easily forget. So, make sure you have a planner to write down everything so you don’t forget and get worried before an exam or assignment is due!

Surround Yourself With Hardworking People

You wouldn’t always think this, but surrounding yourself with like-minded people is one of the best things you can do, you can all support each other and it will really help you in school.


Thank you so much for reading this blog post, let me know in the comments how you keep up with your schoolwork. Also apologies for the short post, I have been quite busy lately, but I’ll be back on the grind soon!

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How To Study In Lockdown

Hi everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! I’ve been getting a lot of requests to do more studying and school related posts! So, today I’m going to share some tips for efficient studying in lockdown. Let’s jump into it!

Set Aside Time Every Day
Since we’re in lockdown, we obviously want to relax for a majority of time. So, if you set aside a specific time every day you can really just get it done at a specific time every day so you can maintain routine!

Plan What You Will Do Ahead Of Time
If you plan what you will do ahead of time with a timetable, it will allow you to waste no time so you can just grind down and get your work done!

Give Yourself Breaks
This is probably the most crucial tip, you need to allow yourself at least a couple of breaks so you have something to work towards. This is so you don’t overwork yourself too much!

So guys, that’s all the tips for today! Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed, share all your tips in the comments!

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The Best Way To Get Organised For Back To School

Hey everyone it’s Zainab! Welcome back to the blog! Today, I’ll share with you guys my favourite and the best way to get organised when you go back to school!

The Note Method:
The note method is the way I organise everything when I go back to school, essentially you need some sticky notes either 4 different colours (or you can colour co-ordinate them) and plain sticky note!

You’re going to want to write a colour key on your plain sticky note on what each colour note will represent. For example, in my colour key: pink represents homework and purple represents exams I need to study for! I also have green representing the notes I need to make and yellow just any other notes!

Pin Board:
Once you have made all your notes you’re then going to want to add your key onto a pin board, and it’s that simple! Now, every time you have a piece of homework, you can easily write it down on your coloured note and pin it onto your board!

Why This Is A Good Method:
If you’re wondering why this is such a good method, having all your sticky notes on a huge board up on your desk will help you do your homework faster as every time you go to your desk you will see you will need to do it, therefore you will be held accountable by the board until you do it!

Thank you guys for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and it helped you guys find a new organisation for school!

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5 Tips For Picking For Exam Subjects

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome back to the blog.

Before I start the post I just want to say with all the things going on in the world I want to share with you positive posts that could help you in your lives and spread positivity. However I still want to do my part to help so please do me a favour and sign this petition to get justice for George Floyd. Also, thank you so much for 30 followers, it seems like just last week I hit 20 which I’m so grateful for!! Now let’s get into the post!

I don’t know about your schools but in my school we get to choose our exam subjects. This might be exciting for some people but stressful for others, and during these current times we can’t talk to teachers directly so I thought I would share with you some tips to help you decide exam options if you ever need to!

  1. Do Something You Enjoy
    So guys, most people don’t actually do this as they want to the subjects that maybe someone else wants them to do. So, think about the subjects that you love and have a passion for. That way you can work hard and get a good grade!
  2. Pick Something That Will Get You A Good Grade
    This tip is a bit similar to the last one but try and pick a subject that you know you can secure a good result, that way you have something to be proud of at the end of your exams.
  3. Get Advice From Family or Friends
    Since you can’t directly speak to your teachers I would recommend speaking to family or calling your friends. Or, maybe you know someone who has been through an option process who can help you out!
  4. Don’t Do What Friends Are Doing
    This can be very hard for some people as you want to be in a class with you friends, however you should remember this is your future therefore, you have to pick the subjects that helps your future
  5. Think About Your Future Career
    Your options can help your future job and career so pick the subjects that would look good for your dream job!

    Thanks for reading this post guys I hope these tips made your options process a bit easier! Also, I really want to know what you guys want to see on the blog so please let me know using the feedback form here! Thanks in advance!

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