Today marks the first of three days for study – no classes!
We’ve compiled together a list of tips to help get the most out of these days and help keep you sane on exam days. We will focus on your mind, body and
Your mind kind of rocks, so much information is stored up there, and now you must retrieve it. We recommend starting with slowing your mind down first. You can take a 15 question test to create awareness of your own mindfulness.
Before you get out of bed, create a mental to-do list where you see yourself writing down each task, completing it and then see yourself ticking it off the list. Keep a pen and paper beside your bed, now write down your to-do list and prioritise it.
Use the Pomodoro Technique to set up time blocks for each subject/chapter you are going to study. Make it no more than 45 minutes then take a break for the next 15 minutes. Our brain needs to be distracted, and it helps with problem-solving and shows improvement in memory. Make sure you get up and move around during this time.
Breathe in, now take in more breath, breathe in again and fill your lungs to capacity. Now release in one big whoosh. Repeat three times. This will help send oxygen to your brain and start to wake it up. Do this before you get out of bed each morning. Only think about breathing in then start your mental do-to list.
Drink water! Seriously, chances are you aren’t drinking enough. We all know the eight glasses a day is not accurate since everyone is different. And glass size varies, is it 200 or 250 ml? There’s a suggestion we should drink 35 ml of water for each kilogram we weigh. However, neither, or indeed any research, can give a particular formula for water consumption. But we do know it’s essential for our bodies. We suggest you swap water mls for the high energy drinks mls you might be having. If you drink a lot of caffeine/high energy beverages, we do NOT recommend you stop or cut back while studying or during exams. Your crash and caffeine withdrawal will be epic. Wait until you have finished then switch it up for a healthier you.
Which brings us to –
See the comment above about caffeine withdrawals if chocolate is your go-to source of snack. But here are some great foods to help boost your brain*.
- Almonds and walnuts are a great snack to have during studying. It’s easy to just reach over a grab one at a time.
- Fruit salad: cut the fruit up and store separately. For fruit that goes brown with air contact put them in an airtight container and cover with water in the fridge. You can have 3-4 days of a snack you can throw together a bowl with Greek yoghurt for a mid-morning break.
- Veggie sticks with hummus, chickpeas are full of protein. You can even roast chickpeas in the oven with a bit of salt and chilli powder.
- Ants on a log. How many of you had the childhood snack of celery, peanut butter, and sultanas? All great ingredients to help keep you focused.
Make sure you read our post on software and apps which can limit screen time AND help you study.
*You know the disclaimer is coming. Yes, everything is relative to different people, and it takes time for your body to adjust to new eating strategies. But life is a marathon and healthy to the best you can be is never a bad thing.