‘Get-Set‘ oh wait! It’s week 13 already 😮 & we are soon ‘Going’ to have final exams & assessments due. Well, chances are that you are stressing just like me. So, let’s explore some tips to get you through this hard time with flying colors.
Tip 1 – Organise, Prioritise & Plan
I cannot stress enough on how important this point is for you to follow. I literally abide by ‘Planning is a key to success’ rule. To implement it all what you have to do is, mark your assignment submission dates on a calendar. Then prioritise it, based on weight and due dates. This will help you identify assignments which require more effort. Having this planned has not only saved me from the last-minute rush but has also helped me utilise my time efficiently.
Tip 2 – Work out your study space
Studying in your room can become monotonous at one point which can lead to distractions. I realised this when I kept getting distracted by Chris Evans poster on my wall, haha. Just kidding! I actually get distracted by everything from familiar objects in my room to doing laundry, eating a snack etc. I then switched to the library but somehow, I always ended up having conversations with my friends with zero work done. But then I found this quiet, secluded study space with a beautiful view of trees near O block at GP campus where I felt bliss. Studies say that altering study spaces helps improve retention and boosts concentration, so shake up your space game a little bit and study smart.
Tip 3 – Take a breather
This is my personal favorite. We should all agree to the fact – ‘Study smart, not hard’ and why not because taking breaks from long study sessions actually improves productivity. I personally process really slow if I study non-stop for 1 hour, I just can’t do it. If Y-O-U can do it then you are G-E-N-I-U-S but trust me you need 10 minutes break after every 40 minutes study session to refresh yourself. What can you do during a break? Well depends on you – take a walk, stretch, do push-ups, check out QUT StalkerSpace 2.0 on Facebook, Spotify some instrumental music, YouTube cool vines for a good laugh, watch Ted talks etc but be careful of ‘Just a minute’ syndrome. This dangerous syndrome is like those 5-minute surveys which actually ends up taking 50 minutes. Our time is precious here, we are trying to be produc-tive, not procrastina-tive so be mindful while taking a breather.
Tip 4 – Sleep or caffeine
We know that you are exhausted, but you need to push a little bit more so what are you going to reach out for – your cozy comfortable bed or a cup of coffee? In our case, we always opt for the coffee – don’t we? But science says otherwise. Napping has been proved to increase alertness in a human’s brain. When I first read that I was like ‘WHATEVER’. But then eventually my dark circles grew more than my friends circle, so I decided to switch my caffeine-rich dreadful all-nighters to waking up early mornings. The change is wonderful as I feel more focused and fresh than distracted and tired. Just give it a try, you’ll see the difference.Tip 5 – The fuel
I call this the fuel because the brain literally uses fat as fuel to study, hence we feel the urge of snacking while studying. So let’s make those nom-noms work in our favor. Replace your gummy bears with almonds, chips with pretzels and all the junk with granola bars, yogurt & fruits. Also, keep yourself hydrated by consuming water in every 30 minutes. You will probably only realize the difference in your energy when you will replace greasy food with healthy options.