Everyone will experience a stressful study period of time every now and again in their life, whether it be preparing for exams or a new job. In this period of time, many people wonder if there is a way to make studying easier.
Well, in all fairness, most of it comes down to your mental mindset and the schedule you create, along with your physical well-being, of course. Today, I just wanted to give a few tips about studying the right way.
Firstly, you should set a schedule, according to how much time you have before the exam; try to plan as far ahead as possible. If you have homework, get it done first and then revise- but don’t do too much in one go, as you will only end up with headaches and feeling more stressed. Secondly, make sure you get the right amount of exercise, food and sleep. Generally, if you’re getting too stressed with studying, it isn’t actually as bad as you think. When you feel this way, you should take a break and do some exercise, whether that be running, cycling, water sports or anything outdoors. Aim high, so that you feel you’ve achieved something! You will most likely feel good after this, so it’s good for the mornings, when you can workout, shower and sit down to work with fresh thinking! Also, it is particularly important that you get plenty of sleep the night before an exam as this affects your performance- try not to go on any electronics an hour before you go to sleep.
There are many different methods of revising, such as flashcards, mind maps, posters, others testing you, etc. I usually go for mind maps or notes and someone else then testing me because this is the fastest, most efficient and reinforcing method. As for remembering what you revise, you should look at your notes frequently- every morning if you can and you should set tests for yourself to complete later on. If you need to memorise some information in a short space of time, there is a method that a man named Jim Kwik uses that is good. It is where you memorise things in order, whilst associating that information with something, e.g, your eyes, nose, mouth, etc. This is to help your brain remember the information in order. If you are interested in this, you can go to mindvalley.com. Although, I only watched his 1hr or so free tutorial, I found that this method was very helpful, especially with learning languages.
Lastly, I would like to recommend some good foods and music to have whilst you are studying. For foods, you should aim for healthy foods and a balanced diet. Fish is particularly good for you as it helps the brain function, plenty of vegetables, like spinach as it helps protect you from chronic diseases and fruit, like berries because they are very nutritious. As for music, I find it a very important part of studying (only if you enjoy music, of course), because it helps me to block out any outside noise and it makes me feel relaxed when studying. However, you may find that, like me, you just can’t focus with music that has words in it or is too upbeat and what-not. Well, don’t worry because I’ve discovered some helpful playlists lately, that are all on Spotify, which I use for free. They are: Study Playlist 2020, Study Music 2020 and my personal favourite is the Intense Study Album as the music really gets you immersed and focused on studying. I hope you enjoyed the blog and sorry that I’m quite late with posting.