The thought of sitting down for hours on end to study for upcoming exams can feel extremely daunting and many of us will put it off until the last minute because of this. After finding the motivation to finally get started, were all guilty of procrastinating and wasting so much time. Here are 5 tips to help get you started.
Use the Pomodoro Technique
The pomodoro technique is a highly effective method designed to help become and stay focused, mentally fresh and managing time efficiently. It is broken down into 5 simple steps:
1. Create your to-do list.
2. Set your timer to 25 minutes.
3. Work on one task until the timer goes off.
4. Enjoy a 5-minute break.
5. Every 4 tasks that you complete off your list, take a longer break, 15-30 minutes.
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Put all Devices Away
Any devices that you do not require for your revision such as phone or iPad should be put on “do not disturb” and left in another room and any TV’s should be turned off. Log out of social media on your laptop if you are using it to reduce distractions and temptations of “just checking” your social media.
Get Creative with Colour
This one is for the visual learner. Getting creative with your flash cards or brainstorm chart is a great way to make information more memorable. You’ll learn whilst creating your notes, it makes the tasks a lot more fun, plus it’s an excuse to buy some new stationary, who doesn’t love that!?
Listen to your Notes
Some people learn better with sound. Another effective way to study topics is by recording yourself reading your notes and listening back to them. It enables you to double up on things such as taking a walk whilst listening or cooking whilst listening. The great thing about it is that you can listen at any time that suits you. Reading for periods of time can become exhausting so it will give your eyes a break!
Create a Schedule
Leaving your revision to the last minute is the worst thing you can do, but it’s something we are all guilty of. By setting yourself a realistic schedule, it will create a structure and enable you to use your time more efficiently whilst reaching your daily goals. Don’t overdo it, allow time for you, for breaks or socialising - if your mental wellbeing is in a good way, you will be able to study more efficiently.