The year-end exams may be just around the corner, but don’t fret! It’s never too late to start on study preparations. If you or your little ones are looking for some tips on how to study smart, read on for more!
Eat the right foods
Sometimes when you’re stressed and overwhelmed with work, you may be tempted to reach out for that bag of potato chips and eat to calm yourself down. Before you start stress-eating, know that junk food is not only bad for your waistline, it also has a profound effect on your brain and memory. Did you know that nutritious foods such as broccoli, blueberries, and even dark chocolate (yum!) can help boost your memory and give your brain the boost it needs? Learn more here!
Timing is everything
Of course, in an ideal world, everyone would start their revision early to maximise their time and work more efficiently. However, that may not always be possible. That’s why it’s important to organise your study time effectively. Instead of allocating the same amount of time for every subject, it may be a good idea to devote more time to studying subjects which you aren’t as good at. Planning a simple timetable will help you better manage your time and put your mind at ease.
Work out more than just your brain
Apart from watching the foods you eat, exercise also plays an important role. Regular exercise helps alleviate stress and keeps you more alert so that you can absorb all those important facts quickly. You should also aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep when you’re busy prepping for the exams so you stay focused for longer. After all, a lack of sleep may impact cognitive performance and focus, so you may want to think twice before deciding to burn the midnight oil to finish your revision.
Switch up the view
One method of improving memory retention is to vary the locations you study at. It’s been said that your brain tends to make connections between the background and what you are studying. As such, by establishing different connections, things are easier to remember. So instead of being cooped up in your bedroom, why not try mulling over your History textbook at your balcony or on the living room sofa instead?
One shoe doesn’t fit all, and neither does one study-plan. While drawing mind maps may work for certain subjects, they may prove to be a hindrance to others. Decide which approaches work best for each of your different subjects. Consider techniques such as doing practice papers, summary diagrams, making notes, or even just having a Zoom call with your friends to go over some topics. As long as you’re flexible with your study approach, you’ll be fine!
Know the nitty-gritty details
Sometimes when you’re so focused on just wanting to ace that paper, you’ll forget about some of the more practical aspects of exam-taking. For instance, don’t forget to bring your calculator, own notes, or textbooks for open-book tests or exams where they are permitted. It’s also a good idea to take note of the exact venue where your exam will be held and the time it will commence. As trivial as this may sound, being over-prepared is definitely better than being under-prepared. After all, the last thing you want to do is to be stressing out because you’re late!
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