What can we learn from the Rugby World Cup about revising more effectively?
By David H.
The Rugby World Cup starts this Friday.
The favourites are New Zealand.
Have you seen their team run through the ‘haka’ before a match? If not see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiKFYTFJ_kw
Taking part in the haka helps the players access the right mood for the match they are about to start, and it can put their opponents into a poor mood for the battle ahead too.
Do you get in to the right mood before revising? If not, you’re really wasting your time.
Make sure you are focused and relaxed at the start of your homework or revision session. Then you can make the most of the time you have.
Nobody would start a rugby match in the wrong mood and expect to win.
Recently, I asked a group of Year 11 students to think about a sporting activity in which they excelled. I then asked if they got in to the right mood beforehand and they all said they did.
That’s what made the difference and it only takes between three and 20 seconds. They did it before sport, but none of them did so before revision!
What a wasted opportunity. Get your Revision Haka sorted today!
There’s more about the importance of mood in the Brain Box book. The tips are easy to implement and will have a positive impact on your results.
Tim adds: This is a great idea.. What might your ‘haka’ look like? Maybe it’s putting on some music you love (and dancing in your room?), perhaps it’s saying to yourself “Come on, you can do this”. Maybe it’s setting an alarm for 20 mins – and then promising yourself time on Facebook after your 20 mins of work. Perhaps you have a cat or dog and you spend a few moments with it to lighten your mood. Maybe watch something funny on YouTube… My ‘haka’ is tidying up my desk and getting my work area nice for working in. Maybe your ‘haka’ is just making a cup of tea and finding a nice biscuit (I do this too!). Whatever you do, do it with a smile and raise the mood. What doesn’t work? Having a row, shouting at family members, putting it off indefinitely. You’ll just get ‘haka’d off! Geddit? Hacked off.. Sorry. I’ll go now…
David Hodgson is co-author of The Brain Box. To find out more about David, visit: