As of last Saturday, Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, has launched ‘Revision Hour’. The student-focused series is dedicated completely to helping young people through the exam season, whether that be GCSEs, A-Levels, Scottish Highers, or University exams.
From 9pm until 10pm, presenters such as popular new music artist Lewis Capaldi, lead singer of Bastille Dan Smith, and Capital FM presenter Vick Hope, will each be taking over two programmes – more presenters are to be announced soon!
The eight-part series has been created by Classic FM and The Student Room, an online student community most young people will be aware of. It aims to offer support, and of course great music, helping students through an often-stressful few months. Many students struggle to balance productive revision with free time – Revision Hour hopes to help them overcome this.
Each weekly programme will be focused on a different theme, including: managing stress, not giving in to procrastination, cramming, and coping with exam panic.
In the first episode, Lewis Capaldi aims to tackle common revision myths, ‘mythbusting’ what does and does not work, alongside an hour of music specifically chosen to aid revision concentration.
Official audience figures show that more than half a million under-25s listen to Classic FM every week. During the exam season (April to June), these figures have been seen to increase by almost 50%. The station aim to capitalise on this, hoping that the music, ranging from Beethoven to Ludovico Einaudi, along with the practical advice and tips, will be useful for students.
The programme may not just have benefits for study; Director of Study Help at The Student Room, Pete Langley, believes that this hour can also be beneficial for taking a bit of time to yourself, away from the books, whilst listening to great music and still gaining advice to help with your studies.
He said: “Revision is all about balance, and we believe that everyone could benefit from giving themselves an hour every Saturday to tune in to Classic FM’s Revision Hour.”
Presenter Dan Smith hopes that “[Revision Hour] will be an hour where students can have a think about exams and revision – and also put everything into perspective.”
University of Leeds student, Lydia Smith, believes that this programme will be highly beneficial to students.
She told The Gryphon: “I think that this combination of study tips and music will be of great value to students studying and taking exams.”
As a second-year Music and English student, Lydia understands how influential Classical music can be during revision, and says that she would “encourage people to use these sessions as a way of expanding their revision methods and coping mechanisms throughout the exam period.”
You can listen to the show live on Classic FM via the website, radio station or the app, Saturday nights from 9-10pm.