Revision Break Ideas: 30 Active Ways to Spend Your Revision Breaks (and boost your grades)

Hopefully you know by now that you can't revise for hours on end without taking a break. It's not productive or efficient and it certainly doesn't make you happy. With half-term coming up and with it lots of time for you to spend on revision I've put together some revision break ideas for you. These ideas will keep you active, happy and healthy as you revise for your exams.

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Why should you take active revision breaks?

When you take a break from your revision you should be aiming to do something as different as possible from studying. Get out of your chair (or off your bed), away from you desk and preferably out of the room you're studying. For best results, get active in your revision break.

By getting your heart rate going and giving your brain something completely different to think about you will be giving yourself a proper break. You'll return to your books with endorphins flowing through your veins, feeling energized and ready to revise again.

Constrast this will staying at your desk scrolling on your phone and you should be able to see how much more effective an active revision break is for helping with your learning.

30 Active Revision Break Ideas

Below, I've listed 30 active revision break ideas to get you moving! Which one are you going to try first?

Me and an A-level class doing squats during one of my Revision Masterclasses!

Go Cardio!

  1. Go for a run
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Go for a cycle
  4. Get on a cross-trainer
  5. Go for a swim

Exercises – free standing

6. Press-ups

7. Squats

8. Plank

9. Jumping jacks

10. Jumping lunges

Garden games

11. Skip with a rope

12. Catch

13. Football

14. Scatch

15. Hopscotch

Yoga routines

16. Sun salutation

17. Yoga for Healthy Posture

18. Flexible, Fearless and FUN YOGA

19. Six pack abs

20. Yoga for couch potatoes

Household chores

21. Mow the lawn

22. Hoover

23. Hang the washing on the line (outside)

24. Clean the windows

25. Sweep the patio

Exercises using household equipment

26. Run up and own the stairs

27. Tricep dips (on the edge of the bath, coffee table or chair)

28. Chair step-ups

29. Cans of food to do weights

30. Sumo squats with large bag of pasta, flour (or your biggest text book!)

Useful link: How to plan purposeful revision breaks

Which active revision break ideas will you try first?

Send me a snap (yes, I'm now on Snapchat!) showing me that you're using these active revision break ideas. My snapcode is lucy.cparsons

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Question: Which active revision break idea do you like best? Which ones are you going to try first? Have you got any others that people could try? Leave your answers in the comments below.


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