Hey peeps! The final exam is around the corner! A big shout out to first year first-semester newbie! Are you ready to have final online assessments? Do you know how to make your time more effective? Don’t worry! Here are a few tips for you!
Time is precious! Have you ever wanted to study the whole day but ended up study nothing in the end? Oh no! This is the most pretty common issue that we face. First of all, make sure you take initiative and put an effort to make a study plan. Put down the time and the subject you want to study in the plan. Be specific, add on the chapters you want to finish in a day too. Besides, do remember to give yourself a buffer time. Instead of giving one hour for one session, an extra time allowance of thirty minutes will make the session more perfect. You can have a five minutes rest after u have twenty-five minutes of study time. A study plan can help you in becoming a productive person in term of having a clear daily goal. A timetable makes you live a day with plans and goals. Do remember, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Having a study plan helps in achieving desired goals. A study plan will help you split your studying into bite-sized chunks and outlining what you need to do every day will help you know exactly what you need to do so that you won’t overwork or overstressing yourself.
The second tip is to form a study group! There are a few benefits of group study. Being part of a study group learning team helps to avoid procrastination. Study groups can help you develop as a student and as a person as well. Study groups encourage members to think creatively and build strong communication skills which also help in refining understanding of the material. For example, when discussing a certain topic, discussion among members can reinforce the understanding and explanations helps in enhancing the memory. Thus, it helps you to learn faster! Having someone to clear up your confusion saves time and it saves your time in understanding the concept as well! Besides, teaching your peers is one of the best ways to develop mastery! In addition, when you are alone, the temptation to procrastinate is incomparably larger than when in an interactive environment. When being alone, you can always find ways to rationalize postponing the start of your studying- you can scroll Facebook for more than 15minutes, you can chit chatting with your friends over social media platforms. Hence, find a bunch of friends and form a study group to make your revision journey more effective.
However, you might ask, “How many people in a group is more ideal?” Do remember that “Too many cooks spoil the broth” and a study group can turn out to be inefficient if too many people take part of it, as it becomes more difficult to coordinate, communicate with all members and maintain the necessary study discipline. Thus, an ideal size of a study group is around three to four people.
Furthermore, try to search for a comfortable place to study. Where do you normally study? If the answer is “lying in bed with my laptop propped on my knees while eating deep-fried Cheetos,” then you might want to consider revamping your study space. Your study space is critical to your ability to study effectively. After all, if you can’t concentrate or if you are not comfortable, you certainly can’t expect to learn very well. So, it’s important to create a study environment that fosters productivity and minimizes distractions. Avoid the place where your parents used to watch TV or your siblings used to play the toys and dolls. Avoid sitting down on a couch or soft surface that will tempt you to doze off. Try to prepare a convenient place to have your own revision. A convenient place definitely can boost your mood in studying for the final exams. Besides, separate your sleeping place with studying area. It is difficult to study a place full of distractions. However, how can you find a good place to study? First, create a routine. You can assign yourself a specific place to study. Tell yourself that this place is only meant for study, not for other purposes. For example, no eating, playing games and sleeping in this area. Besides, provide study tools and organization by providing stationeries, to do lists, papers, calculators and laptops for your study area. Making it a designated study area will preserve its association with learning. Be mindful that creating a positive study environment is very important to have better learning progression.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself while you study! Take some time to relax and reward yourself after a hectic day! You can watch Netflix, eat ice cream or do whatever things that can make you happy and satisfy! Remember that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” After all, you can give yourself some time to chill and relax before move on to have revision on another subject or chapter. Enjoy a cup of coffee or have fun with friends and siblings definitely can recharge yourself to have a better momentum to study. Besides, remember to drink plenty of water. Water plays a very important role in maintaining our body hydration. Hence, grab yourself a water whenever you need to recharge is a good suggestion. Always prepare a tumbler besides your studying area so that you can always stay hydrated. Try to avoid junk food because it’s not good fuel for your body. Do consume some healthy foods, like fruits so that you body can absorb healthy vitamins! Don’t stress and push yourself too much. Breathe when you feel like you are too stressed and just try your best to get things done. Find your ways to reduce the tension by keep calm and have a small talk with friends and family will definitely help.
That’s all for the tips to prepare well for the final exams. Here are a few quotes to remind you that productivity is very important. According to Tim Berries, “Focus on being productive instead of being busy!”
Lastly, let’s have a food for thought, ” Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow!” and be productive! I wish all of us can get a good score! All the best!