Exam. This word might repeatedly bounce in your head this week. Why not? The semester is ending and paracetamol is the best-selling medicine. I bet you are not that confident, are you?
There is no debate on what's the best way to excel in your exam. Preparation has always been the best way and it is not a straight road to go to in the first place. "What a heck?" you might say, but like my professor once said, "To the stars through rough roads." Studying is hard and to excel is much harder. It is not a secret! I've been there.
There are times when I think that passing is just the opposite of the things that I have. What if I'll do the opposite of the things that I usually do or have? Well, it might end to have a good result. it may sound like an alibi but hey it may help you. Let's see.
Here are some things that, I think, affect my study a lot.
1. I am half-hearted.
If you want to pass, you must decide to make a hit! If you want to make a hit, you cannot do it half-heartedly. Do it with a full force. This is the first and most important psychological preparation, you'll ever make. This will also be the spring of all the efforts you will do to make a difference in your study.
Well, I always think that I want it, but I always fail to do the things that I decided to do.
2. I cannot isolate myself.
The first thing that comes into my head is a noisy environment. Kids shouting and running, worst, they will be knocking on your door repeatedly, if you won't open it in 3 seconds.
If you want to pass, you must have focus. You cannot have that if you have no quiet room to study in the very first place. You have to isolate yourself from the rest of the people.
3. I have no study conducive space.
I have no space I can call my study room. More, I have no decent study table, a good lamp, or a comfortable chair. Hey! This is very important. Comfort is necessary. Lasting longer, loving to stay, and wanting to come back are very important feelings. These are the benefits to name a few if you have a study conducive room. I always cherish these feelings every time it comes to me.
And oh, the ventilation. I remember when we were in Manila (Philippines), you cannot really concentrate when you are all sweating and your migraine is pinching your head every second.
Talking further about making your room a study conducive area, you might also consider the paint of your room. Yes, paint. Studies show that there exists a psychology of color and according to it, the best color for studying is green. The color green promotes feelings of well-being and harmony, nature, security, stability, and balance. So, if you wanted to study more effectively and efficiently then let's repaint your study room.
4. When I study, I study endlessly.
The aim is to study, and please, take a break. I don't really know brain works, but I guess it's like a phone. If you used it too much, it will drain and you have to recharge it to use it but don't waste too much time on resting. Take a regular study break.
Regular breaks help your brain absorb more information. A break every 45-50 minutes may do. Studies show that your brain will not work effectively after this time. Maybe it's time to study smarter.
5. I study alone.
Do you study alone and ended up doing nothing? I think you should have a study buddy to inspire you. However, you have to make it sure that your companion really understands what you are doing.
6. I study it all in one blast.
Had you ever experienced studying and then forgot everything that you just memorize and ending up saying, "I know that, but I couldn't say what it is." This is mostly because you are not so familiar with it. You just meet that once, if not twice.
A friend of mine said, "Studying is like you are saving in a bank. You have to put small amounts of money every payday". To pass, one must study every day. Small savings constantly done is better than big chunks, which rarely happens. In effect, all that you've studied will be gone in just a few hours (short-term memory).
Tired and unmotivated? Then look at other peoples' struggle and stories. You can pick a story that will inspire you. I hope this will help someone out there
I hope this will help someone out there.