Heading into May only means one thing for the vast majority of students, exams. Having spent almost six years at University (forever a student) it is safe to say I’ve done my fair share of exams. I know everyone has their own routines in terms of studying but I thought I’d share a few study tips with you. Those of you lucky enough to not have any exams coming up, this guide may also help you complete that project you said you’d always get round to or help you to be more productive at work.
Remember Why You Started:
It’s normal when you are working towards any final goal to have bumps in the road where you lack motivation. Concentration occurs in waves and whilst there is always that individual that seems super focused 100% of the time, this just isn’t the reality. Make sure you get work done whilst you are at your most productive. For me, I work best in the afternoon and into the early evening so I make sure I structure my day around this and use this for the tasks that require the most energy. If you are lacking in motivation, think about why you started in the first place and the best possible outcome.
Learn What Works Best For You:
We all have different learning styles and way that we work. Find out what works for you and embrace it. It is so easy to look at those who are successful in your field and try to copy their techniques but rarely do we see the whole picture. Especially as a student, it is easy to get caught up with who is spending the most time in the library but try to ignore what other people are doing by focusing on your own goals. Sadly it has become part of British culture that we perceive those who stay at the office for hours on end as being the most productive. Think about quality over quantity.
Look After Yourself:
Revising or working when stressed can mean that we process information inefficiently. Make sure you still schedule time in for your hobbies and take time out to do the things you enjoy. When you return to your work it will be of higher quality and you’ll find that you achieve more. Don’t compromise on your diet and sleep to get through a stressful period, it just isn’t sustainable.
For all of those with exams coming up, good luck! Do share any tips/techniques that you have found useful in the comments below.