It is not a surprise that we usually go yellow at the very sound of examination and it is so natural as it’s never goes away. In a conscious way or subconsciously, it’s in our instinct of getting nervous and restless when it comes to the tests in our life.
Examination usually leads to a lot of tension and anxiety commonly known as examination phobia, a mental disorder found in most of the students. It would be totally awful to get drown yourself in the studies without any strategy at all in this occasion. No worries. Give yourself with these top study tips, and try not to let the stress overwhelm you!
1) Give yourself an enough time to study
It is really bothering to hear somebody reciting a mantra “One Night One Subject,” the overrated strategy which NEVER work out well in the exam and in my very own personal case, it always ends up with a regret. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute cramming, it's widely accepted that (for most of us) this is not the best way to approach an exam. Start to manage your self-study hours sticking to a planned schedule and it should have an enough time studying for your subjects in a specific time. To help sort out your time management, write down how many subjects you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. (You may want to give some subjects more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.) Know how much time you have to dedicate in the heavy-lifting and get away with it.
2) Organize your study space
We are usually told to do the studies in a quiet and well-organized place to get the attention totally. That is however undeniable when it comes to fully-committed part of your studies. Before kicking-off your study, make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Put away the extra stuffs like speakers, power-banks, … unrelated to your study space. Try to get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible.
Are you in a proper environment to get down to study? Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Distractions out of sight? Checked then, your study space is served.
For some people, playing background music helps in studying while others prefer almost complete silence environment. In this occasion, you should know your preference as well as your colleagues’ so that it won’t be a cause of distraction for both parties. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.
3) Take regular breaks
Piles of studies, running out of time, this sounds totally exhausting and will make you restless about your tasks to be done on time. While you may think it's best to study for as many hours as possible to sort this out, in fact, this can actually be counterproductive. If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn't try and run 24 hours a day. Likewise, studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps. So develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if you're more productive at night time, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening. Try not to feel guilty about relaxing yourself for some time instead of hunched over your textbooks.
So, study hard or study smarter?
4) Study in a group
Practise makes perfect! Create a study group with your friends – online or meet physically – and revise the assignments. Involving yourself in a group study will help you more relaxed and it will create a strong chemistry between you and your colleagues. An interesting thing about studying in a group (for me) is that you will never know how to mourn over heavy studies, you will even find some ways to make fun out it which will help you to absorb well in your learning.
Sharing the tips in your group will also help you see the shortcut ways to study smarter and approach the solutions from the other perspectives.
Sharing is caring, isn’t it?
Above all, it is important to keep yourself healthy and have an enough sleep. Having enough sleep hours and how much your efficiency you would like to achieve in your study goes hand in hand. Remember that perfection is unachievable. So, don’t push yourself too hard in a short time. Try to stick to the above tips and do your best. Good luck!