It’s National Stationery Week this week and to celebrate we have interviewed some awesome up-and-coming influencer’s who are all going through exams, to give you some insightful advice on preparing for those dreaded days!
MEET RHIANNON CLARK
Today we are talking to Rhiannon Clark, an 18 year old A Level student from the East Midlands. She is currently pulling herself though the last months of Sixth Form, studying Maths, History and Psychology. She hopes to study Psychology next year at university. Rhiannon already has over 42k subscribers on her YouTube channel and this is continuing to grow!
So Rhiannon, Why did you start your YouTube channel and what advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own channel?
I’ve always loved making videos and have had multiple YouTube channels since about the age of 12 but never really found a niche. So when I started making videos about revision during my GCSEs it really clicked and I got a really positive response so I have kept doing it and I love it. In terms of starting your own channel… literally go for it! You never know what you can achieve, how much enjoyment you can gain and what friends you can make from it. If you’re even the slightest bit interested it’s definitely something worth trying out. And most importantly, never avoid doing it because you’re worried about what others will think!
What do you do to prep for exams?
I always make sure I have a good set of notes or revision materials, especially for Psychology, and that I have a full understanding of the content. After that I do as much exam practice as I can which is super useful to fill in the gaps of your knowledge, consolidate and of course practice exam technique.
How do you keep motivated during the exam season?
It’s honestly so hard to stay motivated, I find myself procrastinating a lot. Because of how much I procrastinate I usually find what motivates me is urgency, so I will usually be very motivated and revise a lot very close to the exam date because otherwise I will literally fail. That’s definitely not the most healthy form of motivation so i am trying a new approach for my upcoming A-Levels, which is focusing on my end goal (going to the University I want to go to) and summer (post A-Level holidays are planned and I’m VERY excited) and doing my very best because I know I’ll be so proud of myself if I do.
What advice would you give to someone struggling through their exams?
Exams are horrible and all you can ask of yourself is to try your hardest and as long as you know you’ve done that, whatever you get, you will know you’ve worked hard for those grades so even if you’re not happy with them, in retrospect you can be proud of the work that you put in instead. And in all seriousness, if you’re really struggling make sure you take some time to yourself, going on little walks/runs can really help release endorphins which will help improve your mood. And if you need some reassurance speak to a loved one or your friends!
What are your go to stationery items for exam prep?
I love using pretty stationery for revision resources, although I make a lot of them digitally now. But when it comes to the nitty gritty I only really use basic, practical stuff. A black ballpoint pen for practising exam papers or other revision methods like active recall. And a highlighter for highlighting stuff that I keep forgetting or for highlighting key words exam questions. And because I’m not great at maths (why did I take it?) a massive rubber.
Dogs or cats?
Favourite stationary item?
My black pens…not the most exciting but a staple!
Sweet or savoury?
Usually both but recently I prefer sweet.
Best revision snack?
Chocolate. Not great but who cares
Favourite song right now?
Kiss it Better by Rihanna, absolute tune!
Rhiannon has filmed an unboxing and ‘study with me’ video on her YouTube where she opens up an awesome package of products we sent her!! You can watch that video here.
Ohh Deer’s top tips to relax during exams:
Go for a walk and breathe in the fresh air! This will help you forget about the stress for a while!
Create your own ‘feel good’ music playlist full of your fave songs - put it on whenever you are feeling stressed.
Talk to your friends and family about anything but exams for a little while…take your mind off revision.
Change your scenery, go revise in a coffee shop, library or a park. Getting out of your house will help to clear your mind and focus.
Don’t be afraid to take the day off if you need it, coming back to revision with a fresh perspective will really help!
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