Most of you realize that the weeks devoted to the preparation of exams is a time full of anxiety and sleepless nights which eventually affects your health. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Apart from memorizing lots of information, there are certain practices which can help you to dominate your finals and improve your performance in the college. As Greg Prescott, owner of Prescott Papers puts it: “Studying without desire ruins the memory, and it holds on nothing that it takes in.”
Here’s how to ace your finals, increase productivity, and boost focus while studying:
Reward yourself with a Healthy Treat:
Every time you finish a section, reward yourself with something quick and refreshing. I agree sugar gives you a short sharp high but just as it ends, you come crashing down and can’t focus with a clear mind. Consider healthier snack options like nuts, berries, natural yoghurt, and veggie sticks when you study. Regular study breaks after each section will help you stay focused and motivated.
Engage all your Senses While you Study
Get your senses active when you study. For instance, jazz up your notes with different colors and visual prompts to help you recall essential details, smell peppermint (helps you keep alert), say your notes out loud instead of just reading them (you’ll be surprised by how much more you can recall when you’ve read it out loud) – the more you can utilize your senses while you study, the higher the chance that it will stay with you in your exam.
Wear a Watch
You might not usually wear a watch. But there’s a possibility that you won’t be able to glimpse at your cell phone in the finals to see the time. Carry a watch to the final so that you can keep a check on the time while you attempt your paper.
Partner Up with your Classmate
Find someone in your class and study together. Divide a few sections in the chapter among yourselves, go back, and review the section thoroughly. Come back and verbally communicate with your partner and explain him/her what you understood and what you couldn’t. Ask them to repeat their understanding of what you described them. Then talk about it and find solutions until both of you a firm grip on the topic. Bonus tip: If you can’t find anyone to listen to your topic explanations, why not teach a few classes to your stuffed animals?
Install Apps to Block Distracting Site
As your finals loom closer, a lot of students spend time watching random videos or even dawdling on various social platforms. Why would this be? One of the reasons for avoiding cramming and revisions is that you feel stressed. When you feel stressed out, your self-control naturally lessens. (This is also the reason why you find staring at your room’s wall more interesting than studying!)
Now that you know about it. Install blocker apps like Freedom or Self Control for a certain time until your finals. This will help you concentrate more on what you need to do and make your life much easier!
Make up Mental Associations with the Learning Material
The most powerful trick for boosting the focus and increasing memory recall is to relate things you learn with what you already know. For instance, you memorized “Rojo” which is a Spanish word for “red.” The trick? Draw a connection between Rojo and red. They both begin with R. Both of these words are short. Think of something red labeled Rojo in your brain. This tricks especially works well for vocab memorization.
Get Ample Sleep
You can’t stay awake all night before an exam. It’s critical for the learning process. Consider throwing a 15-20 min power nap to boost your energy and aim for 8-10 hours of adequate sleep, particularly in the nights leading to your finals. Absolutely! This means you’ve to start studying earlier and not linger your revisions just when your finals are only a week away!
Stay away from this kind of sleep schedule:
Drink Water and Eat Well: Your Brain Needs It
Rather than consuming energy drinks which aren’t good for your health, drink plenty of water and those occasional coffee sips (if you’re low on energy). This will help you stay hydrated and keep a high level of energy and cognitive function. Research shows that students who eat breakfast tend to perform better on exams and regular studies. Avoid sugary cereals. Muesli with apples and blueberries or even scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast are ideal breakfast options to stimulate your brain. It also improves memory function and lessens the toxic levels in your blood.