Effective Tips for Studying
Spring is in the air, and with it comes proms, sports tournaments… and final exams. If you’re struggling with your study habits, consider these simple tips for effective study sessions.
Set the Stage
A clean, tidy and distraction free zone for studying is important. Have everything you need on the desk. Put away what you do not need for the study session. Seeing reminders of other assessments or domestic bills may increase your anxiety and distract you.
Pick the Right Time to Study
Study according to your body-clock. Are you sharpest in the morning or at the evening? Schedule your most difficult materials when you are mentally at your best, and schedule the easier ones when you are mentally less efficient.
Fuel the Study Machine – Your Body
Avoid eating a big meal before a study session. Too much food will send your body into a ‘rest’ mode. On the other hand, don’t starve yourself either. Frequent small meals are best. Drink plenty of water during a study session, especially when you feel sluggish. Caffeine may help you to stay awake, but it can increase your anxiety – use it in moderation.
Give Yourself a Break
It is important to take a break before you feel tired and lose your concentration completely. Regular breaks, at least once an hour, helps to sustain your concentration. If the work is not going too well and you have difficulties in concentrating, you may need a long break and go back to it later. When you take a break, take a few deep breaths and get more oxygen to your brain: try walking around and doing some light stretching for a few minutes. It will help to release tension in your body, and help your circulation.