As exam period approaches, students are constantly stressing out about not studying productively, sleep deprivation, lack of time, and needless to say, about the exam itself. During this scholastic period, most students put so much stress and pressure on their mind and body that they don’t always realize the harm they’re inflicting on themselves.

That’s why we’ve come up with a few pointers on how to tackle studying.

There are 4 factors your studying methods should revolve around:

  1. Creating a learning environment
  2. Studying efficiently
  3. Organizing your Learning
  4. Keeping motivated

Creating a Learning Environment

  • Get plenty of sleep. Adolescents require on average between 8-10 hours of sleep. Accumulated poor sleep ultimately results in poor performance.
  • Choose a clean, quiet and tidy place to study. Having a clean and tidy room helps you clear your mind to focus more on what you’re doing and studying.
  • Avoid any distraction. Turn off your phone and television, and check your social media updates only during break time.
  • Decide if studying with music is for you. As much as it can help you focus and keep you calm during studying, it can also serve as a distraction to others. If you absolutely must listen to music, find instrumental music so that the words in the music don’t interfere with you studying.

Studying Efficiently

  • Start studying early and plan your study time in advance. Use a calendar and write down what you’re planning to do each day. Cramming the night before is proven to be ineffective, because you’re taking in so much information at once that it’s impossible to memorize it at all.
  • Study for you learning style. It is useless trying to memorize everything you read if you find it easier to memorize and understand from pictures. Tailor the way you study to your preferences.
  • Different subjects call for different studying. If mathematics is what you’re studying, work on the problems, Don’t just read over it like you would for a history exam. Working problems out will help burn them into your mind. Remember – if you’re not able to solve the problem before the exam, it’s highly unlikely that you will manage to solve it while taking the exam.
  • Ask for help. Don’t shy away from asking someone to help you with your studies. Be it your friends, family or teachers, don’t hesitate to ask someone who is good at the subject, for help. Moreover, if you still don’t understand the person helping you, don’t be afraid to ask that person to repeat themselves or to elaborate.

Organizing Your Learning

  • Get a good focus on the objective of your work. What do you intend to accomplish? This aim is intended to make you mind more active in your learning. Always set goals that are possible and realistic.
  • Plan ahead and create a timetable. Always create a plan before you start studying. Remember that this plan has to be achievable. Finish the easier tasks first so as to have more time to focus on the tougher ones. Small tricks like these will help you complete your studies quickly. Budget your time to make sure you cover all the topics required for in the exam. Remember to take regular breaks so as to rest your eyes and clear your mind.
  • Use your notes. Re-writing your notes and using them as a study guide is a great way of studying the material you need to cover. Go through your notes and re-write the most important information. Mind mapping is also an effective way of doing this. When you re-write something, you will probably think about what you are writing, and therefore are at a better chance of remembering it during the exam.
  • Do some research on the exam. Working out or looking at previous papers, and/or exercises will prepare you for what might be asked of you during your exam. It may also be necessary to find out the format of the questions being asked and how they will be graded.

Keep Motivated

  • Think positive but work hard. Always think positive. Have faith you will pass your exam. Self-confidence is important. On the other hand, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t study hard. You still need to work at it, even if you have confidence in yourself.
  • Work with others. Being part of study group may be beneficial as you and your friends get to compare notes or explain things the others might not understand. Working in groups can help you answer any queries you might have as well as help you remember information, since you may have to explain things or have conversations about the topic.
  • Switch off. Every now and again, it is good to completely switch gear from studying. You need some time to have fun and relax. The only obstacle you might find is to avoid procrastination. Carefully structure your break and study time.