Blogtober: Study Smart, Study Less

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Exams are quite close..I mean tomorrow and some of us really need tips for studying, time management and motivation! Whats up sassy tacos..Unicorns! It’s me graysbygrace your very own rainbow! I hope you guys are having a wonderful day because I am ..I am doing the most being the best and aiming high.

Yes, finally I am going to write about something that I feel will help a lot of people! I am really excited to sit down , type this and hopefully I don’t write way too much to the point that I need to delete some ideas.

Time Mangement

The first step into studying and has been repeated a lot in school is having an efficient time management. A lot of people I have met do really have horrible time management and I can’t deny I fall into that category. We tend to always complain we don’t have time for that ..I don’t have time for that but behind all those excuses, we know we waste a lot of time on unnecessary activities. Before you start studying you need to plan out which course takes up a lot of time especially those that have a lot of reading materials such as for me it would be Psychology. So this means I need to read all the materials (books, research and etc) before my exams. Why is this? So you don’t get overwhelmed when you are about to study.

Another important strategy to take in mind is summarizing and understand your own notes. There are so many methods out there that could help you with organizing your notes . My favorite and was taught to me through high school is the Cornell Method. I also use mind maps which was introduced by my History Teacher. *one of the best- she deserves a reward*  I can tell you my favorites of favorites but they might not work for you and this means your need to find out what works with you.

As you have your notes ready, read your materials  before your exams, you need to also  know  when your writing your exams. Obviously, I knew my exams would be in October so for sure I was already preparing my notes ( especially psychology). This is important because now you can set up which dates you really need to prepare for exams or read your materials.

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Now, the best way to set up your studying  periods or time is to actually test them out. You have to understand yourself and be as honest as possible. How long does it take you to actually be bored? How long can read without distraction? You need to study your self too! Yes, you can read and plan to read the whole day but you can only concentrate for a limited time. If you are successful in doing this 4 am studying thing go ahead. * if you are getting the result*  If you are not, let me help you. What you can do is split your time on the activities that you want to spend on. If the activity takes you a longer period time such as reading than you should have a longer time set for it. If you are going to study than my advice is start timing yourself 25-30 minutes. Why? This is mostly how long you can concentrate.  This method above also helps with procrastination.

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Another advice to keep in mind is to take a break because if you continuously put yourself under pressure than you won’t at all concentrate. This also includes getting enough sleep before your exams. One thing for sure, you should NOT be studying one day before your exams that should be your REVISING period.  Why? we tend to complain about how tired we are and yet when asked what time you slept? The respond would be 1 am.. *Of course you will be tired! Do not do this if you are not used to it ..warning with experience!* Adding on to this after revising one day before my text/exams I have realized  which topics I don’t understand and how well I understand a topic. This also shows how much you are taking in the exam. One of my teacher told me it is good to be over confident when writing an  exam but you are not learning anything at all because you know the answer. So, go into that exam with what you carry and remember you will need do some mistakes because that is how you will learn.

HOW TO BE MOTIVATED!

I feel the first step into being motivated is Preparation because if you have everything well organized than you tend not to have anxiety. They say how you start the day is how you will end the day so I feel the same thing applies to how you start studying for an exam.  Workout! Journal! Spend at least 10-20 minutes with just yourself. Take care of your self because if you are mentally prepared and physical then success is on your way.

I hope you all enjoyed reading my blog post and If you have other tips, please do comment below! See you tomorrow and I will do an entry on how my exams went.

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