How to breeze through your study sesh
trust us when we tell you that we’d rather be lurking Larry theories on Tumblr than studying, but exam time is important for your future and we know you want to ace it. So we’ve figured out some ways to help make studying (almost) stress free.
organisation is key
When you feel like the only thing more stressful than studying is securing tickets to Ed Sheeran’s concert, you need to make a plan. Your workload can pile up super quickly, and if you’re not on top of it, it will bury you. Create a to-do list that maps out everything, with due dates highlighted. Prioritise every item from ‘code red’ to ‘girl, you’ve still got time’. Keep in mind that if you have a huge assignment due, you might want to break it down into small parts and give yourself mini deadlines over the next few weeks, so you won’t have to write half a novel in one night. Once you have a clear schedule you can start going through the list. And we all know there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing something off.
A super-quick way to reduce pre-study stress is to have a clean and organised workspace. Clean up your desk, throw away any unwanted papers or rubbish, and make a space for your notes, laptop and books. Arrange your study notes by subject and make sure that you have all the notes you need to prepare yourself for the assignment or exam. If you’ve missed a day at school and need to catch up, email your teacher or a classmate for notes. Do it ASAP so you’re not scrambling when exam time rolls around.
When you’re just not feeling it, take a creative break. Find some inspiring, positive quotes that give you that ‘I got this’ moment and write or draw them on some paper to pin up above your study area. You could even frame them and place them around your room to help spread those positive vibes to motivate you to study. You could also write a list of awesome things you’re going to do when your exams are over, and look at that whenever you need to feel like there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
do not disturb
TBH, tearing yourself away from Instagram is probably going to be the most challenging part about sitting down and actually studying. But a self-imposed ban from that and your other socials will be worth it in the exam hall, we promise! The best way to do that is to switch your phone to ‘do not disturb’ mode. That way you’ll still get those all-important notifications and phone calls, like when In Stereo make one of their famous announcements.
breaking (isn’t) bad
Breaks are important. We’re not talking about the kinda breaks where you accidentally binge watch Riverdale all over again, we’re talking about the kind that help you calm down, refocus and gain a fresh perspective. Be mindful of how you spend your time between study sessions. Try going for a walk or run. Studies show regular exercise helps us to think better and focus on what needs to be done. Meditate or do breathing exercises to help clear your mind of distractions and allow your brain to re-group. You aren’t going to feel great being slumped over a desk all day, so take breaks to stretch your muscles, shake off any negativity and get back to work.
We love peanut butter M&M’s as much as the next person, but if you have hits of artificial sugar while you study you’ve already set yourself up to crash and burn. Yes, artificial sugar (think lollies, chips, sneaky spoonfuls of Nutella and all the delicious stuff) gives you bursts of energy and may allow you to focus, but it’s only for a very limited amount of time. You’ll then hit a slump once it wears off. Alternatively, if you fuel your body with good kinds of fats and natural sugars (avocados and bananas), they will give you that muchneeded energy boost and laser-like focus for much longer, helping you breeze through your study sesh.