I know many are always scared when it come to study for upcoming exams, many might have the time to study but not fast assimilate or fully understand what they have ready so far, this little write up will help students on how to create time and stay focus for their upcoming exams.
1. Condense, then Memorize.
This is a technique that I recently learned from my English teacher. Basically, you write out everything you need to know for the course onto paper. You will likely have 10+ pages. The next day, condense these four pages. Do not remove any content, but instead remove unnecessary language. You should be able to recall all of the information from the original 10+ sheets by looking at the new four. The next couple days, repeat this step, but fit it onto a single page, divided into four sections. It may take a couple days of reviewing the sheets, but you should be able to recall all 10+ pages of information simply by looking at that page. The final step is to memorize the single sheet, so you can visualize it in your head during the exam.
2. Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help – they’ll be glad to assist.
If you need clarification on a topic you’re struggling with, then ask them to talk you through it. Don’t panic in silence when there’s a support network around you.
3. Don’t cram the night before the exam.
It is proven that studying a large amount of material the night before an exam is very unproductive. Not only do you fail to learn anything, but you also lose sleep, which brings me to my next point.
4. Prepare Everything Needed A Day Before
Pack everything you need into a bag the night before – this way you can avoid a last minute rush the next day.
Essential items might include pens, pencils, a calculator and water.
5. Eat Healthy
Eat well. Good brain food includes fish, nuts, blueberries and yoghurt. Get enough sleep, and plan in some active time to keep fit. Oxygen also helps your memory and concentration, so take a break and get some fresh air. Many people have their best ideas away from their desk, so if you’re really stuck for words just get outside and run around the park.
Writing when you are stressed out can help you figure out the things that are bothering you. While it may seem obvious that the act of studying itself is stressful, take a few minutes to write down a list of what aspects of your situation are causing you the most grief. Are you trying to study a lot of material in a small amount of time? Is there certain material that you don’t understand? Did you procrastinate? Once you figure out why you are stressed you can better address how to alleviate your woes.
You could also take some time away from studying and do some creative writing. Jot down a quick poem or short story to get your creative juices flowing even if you don’t consider yourself a “writer” this will at least give you a much-needed break from studying.
7. Stay Happy
Hobbies can help you relax. Put aside the books and take a few minutes or up to an hour to put your stress towards an activity you enjoy. Oravec does just this with baking.
“I normally take a time out and do something completely different from the subject I’m studying, and, once I feel better, I get back to studying,” she said. “I’m a stress baker. When I bring cookies and cupcakes to my friends, they know I’m stressed.”
Like Oravec, Fox uses one of his hobbies, playing sports, to get his mind away from studying.
“When I’m in the moment playing the sport, all that matters is that sport,” he said. “For those 45 minutes of my day I’m relieved of stress.”
Get physical, watch half an hour of your favorite television show or YouTube channel or just listen to a few of your favorite songs breaking up your study sessions with activities or hobbies you enjoy will help relieve some test tension and studying monotony.