I am Fatima Afzal a Cinematologist (Masters in Cinema Studies Student), an aspiring filmmaker and a free-lance writer from Lahore, Pakistan. So finally, your windbreakers are gone and sunglasses are on. Isn’t it lovely out there, just take a deep breath, sit close to the flora and fauna, inhale the air rich with nutrients and now take out your books. Yes! Exams are right around the corner and it is undoubtedly pretty difficult to gulp in all the heavy information without going crazy. So I present to you some environmental, musical and munching tips that will aid in cracking a good grade sanely.
The most critical thing whilst preparing for exams is to find the right whereabouts that help you upgrade your learning abilities. Choose an environment that is peaceful, quiet so that your wisdom is boosted. Libraries, campus study spaces, local parks and study spots at cafes can prove to be quite beneficial. Your own student’s huset is a perfect venue in this respect as it provides an impeccable study ambiance.
Always remember long sittings can cause a distraction that leads to boredom. Hence, changing the scenery can assist in overcoming mental blocks that are often experienced by students during the examinations. Secondly, in case of tiredness take small walks between sessions as mobility refreshes both mind and body.
Break It Up
Many study patterns, techniques, and methods have been suggested by theorists to improve the quality of learning and retaining the information that can be reproduced efficiently while taking a test or writing an assignment. In my case, I follow the Pomodoro Technique, which is a traditional time management method. This technique uses a timer to break down study period into intervals mostly 25-45 minutes and each chunk is separated by a short break. Try it and you will indeed feel the difference.
Choosing your snack buddies which are smart enough that they actually accelerate your brain power is critical during exam time. Smart snacks include green veggies, fruits specifically bananas, berries, and citrus, dairy products like cheese, milk, cold meats like tuna, grains, and nuts are all ultimate munchies but a bar of dark chocolate is priceless. So mix n match your favorites, make small portions boxes and whenever you take a break have a Kit Kat (dark of course, after all, we all need perfect summer bodies too).
Most students think pulling off all-nighters gives them more study time. Research, on the other hand, proves proper sleep is essential to upgrade the brain system that improves memory and critical thinking. So don’t be up as an owl otherwise you will end up looking like a raccoon (just kidding). Jokes apart the brain and body both need adequate rest to recharge and perform efficiently. So sleep well dear students and don’t forget to take power naps during the day too.
Run Rola Run
Science proves exercise releases endorphins hence relaxing while exerting has proved to be quiet effective for students in order to reduce stress. Its spring so wear your snickers get into your sportswear and go for a run in a nearby park. Yoga and gym are also equally good, but an early morning jog in a floral habitat is an incomparable start of a fruitful day.
Defy the concept of a single learning style, be experimental, and be individual in short whatever works for you rocks. Just follow some unanimous principles like using the notebook, flashcards, taking practice tests, discussing main points with peers, etc. Social media can be used in a very dynamic way as well, make Facebook groups and share problems, solutions and study materials with your fellows. This might eradicate major issues in less than no time.
The Classic Playlist
Listening to classic musicians is a very soothing and calming exercise. I always make multiple playlists for each exam that suits my mood, environment, and weather. Well, a recent study proves that listening to 18th-century composers engages with the parts of the brain that help with attention and predictability. So if you want to think about your thinking listen to Beethoven and Mozart, I am certain that the musical wand of the maestros will do intellectual wonders.
Find Your Berzelius
Last but not least, discover your prolific spot. Locate the nooks and corners that offer a safe space, they might vary according to your subject or temperament so find yours and hang in there. My secret haven is a wooden bench next to Mr. Berzelius, where I see colors, smell heaven, breathe life and study cinema. This piece of furniture transports me to destinations far away, it is where I dive into the realms of knowledge, bathe in the waters of understanding and swim in the ocean of awareness, finally rising as a star who is working endlessly towards cracking the Swedish “A”.
Let us all raise our hands together and wish that this year may we all dream big (expectation: all As! All As! All As) and may all our dreams come true (reality: A, B, C, whattttt a D)
Best of Luck Peeps!
Study Hard and then Play Harder!
Blessings from Fatima Afzal