So I had a little moment at about 1am one morning and decided to tweet The Student Room urging them to write something about how to approach revision when you are a night owl. In case you don't know what that is, a night owl is someone who prefers to work (and is most productive) at night time and sometimes until the early hours of the morning. They (The Student Room) suggested that I start a discussion thread, which I did and, alongside my own research, I was able to get a few useful tips for all my fellow night owls about revising.
1. After school go home and have a nap
The worst thing about being a night owl is that you are literally awake for the whole day and although night time is when you're most productive, you still feel a bit drained. Sleeping when you get home from school for a couple of hours will help you to feel refreshed and have energy to make the most of your night time revision.
2. Don't tell yourself you can only revise at night
I am 100% guilty of this. I can feel mentally prepared to revise in broad daylight but convince myself that until the sky is black, work will not be done. DON'T DO THIS! If you are ready to work, WORK or else you're just wasting your time and end up being even less productive.
3. Have a set time you finish revising everyday
During school time doing work until 3am is not a good idea because sleep is necessary. You may think that you can hack it the next day, but not being able to concentrate or feeling like walking dead in school is not a good idea. Having a set time you finish revising everyday, perhaps 11pm on school days, is key to ensure that you are working hard and sleeping well.
4. Don't revise at night just because you want to put more hours in
If nothing is going in, if your notes are a blur and you find yourself thinking about how comfortable your bed would feel, it's time to stop. A few more hours of sleep is much better than a few hours spent writing notes that you don't understand and won’t remember.
All in all, it's possible to be a night owl and revise effectively. Just make sure you work smart and remember beauty sleep is essential.
GOOD LUCK WITH REVISION!