7am waking up in the morning, gotta be fresh, gotta downstairs and pack my bag for university, work, internship, social life… Oh blimey! The list goes on, even Rebecca Black can’t keep up.
YIKES. With so many things on the agenda, it’s easy to call it quits and find yourself feeling anxious for your upcoming exams. But don’t you worry, Oscar’s got you!
Not everyone is Bill Gates and we get it. That’s why we want to share 4 easy steps to help you be exam ready for this semester.
1. Organise your study space
In the spirit of Marie Kondo, it’s important to establish a study space within your home that’s free of distractions. Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight? Do you have a study light?
For some people it may involve buying labels for things and for others it may look like decluttering to only include the bare essentials. Whatever it is, we believe the best way to find out what you really need is to get rid of what you don’t. By doing this, you can reset your study habits and embark on a new lifestyle.
2. Organise study groups with friends
Okay, so we understand that most of the times studying with friends usually looks like 10% reading and 90% complaining to your friends that you have to study. However, there are some benefits that you may not know when it comes to studying with friends, especially during exam season.
You can get together with friends for a study session. It’s great to hear from other people’s perspective on areas that you may be struggling in. Doesn’t it make studying that much more bearable when you realise you are not alone? That in itself is a huge mental leap when seeing your friends study, as that accountability can be THE motivating factor that will help you to keep pushing on. Find the Chandler to your Joey to keep each other motivated, because we’re positive that they’ll be there for you when the rain starts to pour!
3. Time boxing
So what exactly is timeboxing? Also known as time-management within the modern era. In professional terms, it is the act of allocating fixed time-frames to tasks, which is used in many personal time management. By developing this habit, it would allow you to break down large complex tasks into small, more manageable ones, which helps towards curbing through those late night procrastination feels.
Solutions like Timechi (watch this space) that can help increase your focus levels, while keeping you balanced and mindful through its ability to block time-wasting websites, setting up your status as ‘busy’ and muting notifications and pop-up emails. Or you can get yourself the world’s most popular moleskine diary Milligram to help you become the dual trendsetter and master of time management.
4. Study snacks
Ever hear your stomach demonstrate a whale’s mating call during an exam? Been there, done that – It’s not a good look. That’s why we have recommended these 3 suggestions that will help you avoid those mishaps, whilst helping you build the ultimate study snack that will get you feeling energised, refreshed and ready to go.
Dark chocolate – You didn’t think it would be on the list right? In fact, dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and stimulants like caffeine and theobromine that improves overall brain function through its ability to increase blood flow.
Almonds – Easy, healthy with heaps of nutrients. Almonds are one of the best sources of alpha-tocopherol, which is the form of Vitamin E that’s best absorbed by your body. Overall, it has proven to prevent cognitive decline, boost alertness and preserve memory longer.
Sweet potato fries – Sweet potatoes include antioxidant properties which have been shown to help improve learning and memory, reduce inflammation and prevent mental decline. So next time you have sweet potato, make it into sweet potato fries to help you keep munching on success.
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