YES, DAT’S RIGHT.
I’m back at it again, two days in a ROW, people.
If you are in school, chances are you have either had or soon will have midterm/final exams. And let me tell ya, that anxiety can RIP YOU APART.
Whether it’s the pressure to maintain a grade or simply to do well, these exams can become really stressful, especially in the few days leading up to them. Everyone has their own study strategies, but I have some tips for you guys that have helped me do better AND relieve myself a bit from the stress brought with them!
Here we go!
- Find a Quiet Place To Study!
Have too many siblings? Pets? Noise in general? Yeah, me too.
Finding the right space for you is pretty difficult, especially with a full house (see what I did there? Full House? Like the show? Get it?). Most people retreat to their rooms, but that might not be the place for you. Think you might like sitting on the ground instead of at a desk? Throw down some pillows and blankets and create a unique study space that’s comfortable. And if you need a LOT of space to spread out your books? “Borrow” the dining table for a day or two. Unless you are having a party, chances are no one will come in there anyway.
AND if you’re a music lover (and can tolerate listening to music while studying without getting distracted), play some calm tunes. They’ll help you relax.
- Go Old-Fashioned!
Yes, yes. I get it. Now, we use our PHONES to help us study. But in reality, old tried-and-true study tricks work much better! Writing stuff down will help you remember things better, so grab a bunch of notecards/lined paper and some COLORFUL highlighters and pens (yes, that helps too!) and get to work!
I don’t know about you guys, but cute stationery and pens and thing like that just make me happy. Use them is you think it will motivate you to get more work done!
- Take Breaks Often!
Even though the idea of “studying” is mostly based on actually – well, studying, you NEED to take five-to-ten minute breaks every half-hour to keep you SANE. Check your social media, text some friends, play some music, dance…anything you want, as long as your enjoying yourself! You can even give yourself a little “gift” of candy or something (for example, a Hershey’s Kiss) for each break to motivate you and keep you going. Rewarding yourself for hard work is an effective way of motivating yourself to study even more!
Also, keep some food and drinks close! No one likes to study on an empty stomach. Grab a few snacks or drinks before you sit down for your study-sesh, and munch on something every ten minutes or so. Trust me, it’ll help – and you won’t be wandering into the kitchen every five minutes because you’re hungry. It’ll help keep you from procrastinating!
Although it may seem like the end of the world if you fail, that is definitely not true. It’s just one batch of exams, and although it may leave you defeated short-term if you “fail”, it’s not the end of the world. Remember, all bad can be turned into good, and all problems can be solved with the right perspective and attitude. YOU ARE AMAZING. And even if you don’t do well, look forward to the future with a smile!
Also, don’t be afraid to ask your friends for help! You shouldn’t be embarrassed for having questions about a certain topic or chapter. Chances are, they have similar problems! Plus, studying with friends can usually spark new ideas in your head, so definitely try to collaborate with others!
Ok guys, that’s all for this one! I hope you do (or have done) AH-MAZE-ING on your midterm/final exams, and I hope these tips helped!
I’ll see you all soon with a BRAND NEW post!
Iced Coffee Crafter