Welcome to Blogmas day 14! Over halfway done December, I can’t believe it. For those of you still in school, welcome to exam season! This is the lovely period of stress and sleep deprivation when everyone realizes that they’ve been slacking off in class and have no idea what is going on. Being a major procrastinator, I completely empathize with everyone freaking out. Especially being a Senior in high school, it’s hard not to connect college acceptances with grades on exams. Today I just have afew tips and tricks to help you get through exam season.
Now, believe me, I absolutely hate studying, practicing, and spending any time on school when I could instead be feeling sorry for myself and stressing. But if you (and by you I am including future me in another exam season) find that you can do at least one of these things, it really does make a huge difference.
1. Go Outside
This is my single most important tip; spending hours inside studying or in a classroom working can really shut down your brain. It can be hard to find the time to go outside if you are in school all day, but during a free period, during lunch, walking to your car at the end of the day, just conciously taking a few moments outside to enjoy the fresh air really helps.
2. Listen to Your Body
A lot of people will tell you to get more sleep, eat healthier, work out more often when you’re stressed and cramming at the end of the semester, but I’ve actually found that this can be bad advice. Maybe some peole should go for a longer run in the mornings to help them focus, or some people should go on a diet to keep themselves on schedule, or maybe going to bed at 7pm will help them wake up refreshed. Everyone’s body is different. If you find that your body is telling you to go to bed, go to bed, if it’s saying that you need to space out on the couch for an hour to recover from a long day, go for it. It’s hard sometimes to tell the difference between laziness and what your body needs, but if you can try and be more concious of the needs, you will have a much easier time.
3. Make a Study Guide
I like making study guides when I have an exam coming up. I rarely actually study with it, but the act of going through all of my notes, taking the most important parts, and working through examples is a far more effective way to study. Then you also have something to look over the morning before your test, but have tricked yourself into studying by making it in the first place!
4. Less is More
Now, before you say that I’m completely crazy, hear me out. Sometimes you can actually over study or over prepare. If you end up cramming for three days straight, everything can just mush in your brain and make it so you actually remember less quality information. The more you try to understand at once in a short period of time, the more confused you are going to be— especially if it’s specific rules or laws or equations. Just do a bit at a time over the course of several days and you’ll find yourself actually understanding a lot more. This also leads me into my next, and final tip:
5. Take Breaks
Give your brain something else to focus on while you are trying to study. It actually helps you to learn when you force your brain to make the neural connections over and over again. By studying, then going and doing something you love, and then forcing your brain to remember what you’ve studied, you are reinforcing those pathways, making it easier when it comes time to remember things on an exam.
And there you go, a few of my tips to get you through exam season. Just make sure to drink lots of water, and you’ll do great! I hope you enjoyed this Blogmas post, and I’ll be back tomorrow.