My favourite film of all time is the 2005 version of Douglas Adams’ radio show-turned-book-series-turned-tv-series ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Not only is it silly and weird and very easy to watch (and has Martin Freeman in it! *sigh*) some of the most inspirational words of wisdom are to be found in it.
The best is probably ‘DON’T PANIC’, which is written ‘in large, friendly letters on the back [of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]‘. I think of this every time I start to think about exams.
Because if Arthur Dent can survive the destruction of his planet to make way for a intergalactic highway, I can definitely survive my exams next month.
Of course, Arthur didn’t have the pressure of passing so that he could continue to next year or get into his University of choice… But he did have to deal with Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy. (I like to think of him of procrastination, or that annoying voice in your head telling you that watching that show on Netflix is soooo much more important than semiconductors). Honestly, the most difficult part of revising is starting. Once the books are spread out on the table and the questions start to make sense (which can take anything from 5 minutes to 5 days for me, but I get there eventually) then the sense of achievement is so much higher.. And then, of course, there is the moment of glory when you get your results and you know that all that revision paid off!
I don’t really have any revision tips (because I happen to revise differently from everyone else I know; I write notes from the chapter or watch Crash Course and then answer questions. It works for me.) but I will say that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a point. Don’t Panic. It’s the worst thing to do when faced with difficulty. A natural reaction, one might say, but really not very helpful. Deep breaths. It takes small steps to climb a mountain, and the first is always the most difficult.