April – May are the months of sweets mangoes, sweaty summer and anxious exam!!! Exams are nothing but traveling an extra mile with a definite aim. Preparations for exams is an act of time management which one has to enact throughout his/her lifetime.
Finals are around the corner for most of us and, in addition to really learning the material you’ve been taught all semester, you should learn how to manage exams are just your time so you get those top grades you’ve been working hard for.
To help you on your way, here’s a list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business…
Time is the most precious thing during exam days; if u succeed in managing it, half of your work is done. Here are few tips for managing your precious time during exam:
- A cluttered working space with unfiled notes here, there and everywhere; a notepad filled with scrawl on numerous different subjects with no particular order; a poor computer filing system. All these spell disaster for your ability to recall facts in the exam room. So, start by getting yourself organised. Tidy your room, or whichever space you’re using for studying. Get your notes organised neatly into different subjects.
- Make a schedule and stick to it. It may not be possible to plan every minute of your day around studying for final exams, but do your best to try!
- Use a timer to keep yourself on time with each task. If you know you can read 20 pages in book in an hour, allow yourself one hour to do it, otherwise you may find yourself still staring at the book two hours later because you drifted off .
- Do not waste your time in asking your friends and classmates how much they have studied. Understand your own strengths and focus on your own studies
- When you are studying a topic do not let any negative thoughts invade your mind. Be positive and tell yourself that you are going to remember it for a long time.
- I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and timeframe in mind will ease the process. We recommend the Self-control website blocker.
Time is precious but health is wealth!! If you do not take good care of your health no matter how much you prepare how much you study; you will not be able to give your best output because your brain is tired and you are sleep deprived!! Memory recall and ability to maintain concentration are much improved when an individual is rested. By preparing early and being able to better recall what you have studied, your ability to perform well on exams is increased.
Here are the ways in which you can keep your brain free from stress and body free from fatigue:
- Normally minimum 6-8 hours of sleep is required. But les face it; it’s not possible to sleep or 8 hours during exam. However even during exam days you must get 4 hours of sleep.
- 1 am to 5 am is the best period to sleep during exam days as our body activity lowers during this period so whatever we study during this time becomes extremely volatile.
- Take at least 5 minutes break after finishing a long topic.
- Avoid watching tv or chatting on cell phone during these breaks as it puts strain on your eyes. Try to close your eyes or taking a small nap instead.
- Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brain power.
The image below shows the results of a study conducted by Dr. Chuck Hillman of the University of Illinois. It clearly demonstrates the effect exercise can have on your brain’s activity. Imagine how this could improve your exam performance!
- Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can work too.
- Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.
- Meeting daily vitamin and mineral requirements will make doing your best much easier. Iron and B vitamins are especially important to maintaining the physical and mental energy necessary to study well. Iron-containing foods include red meat, cereals and spinach; one good meal idea is chili because it contains ground beef and kidney beans. Foods that contain B vitamins include whole-grains, wheat germ, eggs and nuts. Fish and soy are other foods that are said to help boost your brain by providing the nutrients it needs.
- Eating regular meals helps keep nutrient and energy levels more stable, curbing the temptation of empty-calorie snacks in the vending machine.
- Stay well hydrated. Choose your beverages well, though. Caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to drink moderate amounts: 400 to 450 mg per day, the equivalent of 2/2.5 cups, (16 to 20 ounces or 500 to 625 ml). Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and anti-oxidant-rich green tea.
So guys, please try to follow these tips. Eat well , sleep well, and study well! Surely this will boost your confidence as well as ward off those nasty exam nightmares and will give you good results that you deserve!!
Reference and Draft: Radhika Athalye