Literally block everything. Download something like StayFocusd or Self Control to block the internet, give your phone or other distractions like books or art supplies to your parents so you can’t access them, and hopefully you’ll have no choice but to study.
Choose somewhere quiet and clean, and preferably have more than one place to go. You could study in your bedroom, at your kitchen or dining room table, in your study if you have one, or at your school or town library. I work best in my bedroom or dining room because they’re private and I’m the only one there, but when I’m on study leave I’ll work in the kitchen too, because my family will all be at school or work.
Find someone or something to be accountable to. I try to post a photo of my workspace every day or make a post saying how well my revision went that day, which works because I don’t want to have to make a post saying I didn’t do any revision. Don’t choose friends as your person to report to, though; if they’re doing the same exams you’ll probably end up stressing them out.
Get up early
The earlier you get up, the more you can get done! Recently, I’ve been getting up at six and going for a run, which stops me taking an hour to get out of bed. That way, I get half an hour before I have to leave for school once I get back, and I can do a little bit of studying. (Or go on tumblr…)
Have a mantra
Work out what your motivation for studying is. Do you need to prove yourself to someone? Do you have a dream you want to achieve? Turn it into a little phrase that you can repeat to yourself, or find a motivational quote that works for you. (At the moment, mine are the word “Cambridge” and the phrase “No Zero Days”)
Guilt yourself into it
If positive mantras aren’t working for you, write a list of all the bad things that could happen if you didn’t study and stick it up in front of your desk. I use a combination of the two techniques so if one’s not working, the other will. It’s important to remember that not doing well in an exam isn’t the end of the world though. You can always resit, and your grades are not going to be your greatest achievements or what you feel best about when you look back over your life.
Write down some small rewards for yourself and pick one from the list whenever you do really well. For example, I always celebrate a successful Saturday by watching the most recent episode of Hannibal, or if I have no motivation I just promise myself a snack and a break if I do one more hour of work.
This is both a study tip and a relaxation one! I find skipping really useful for memorising things like short quotes or Latin verb/noun endings. Stick the list up one the wall and repeat it to yourself each time you land, then turn around and do it again without looking at the page until you remember it. More intense exercise can also be a really nice break and energise you so you’re more productive.
I hope these helped!