When it comes to study tips, there are thousands of resources to filter through, let alone process. So to make things easier, we have hand picked out the 5 most critical things we think you should know in order to get the most of your study sessions.
- Ensure your workspace is far from any noise.
- A clear workspace is important for a serious study session – declutter and organise to minimise distraction.
- Welcome natural light into your workspace to ensure you are doing your eyes a favour.
- Consider whether having a clock in the room is going to work with you or against you.
- Remove your laptop or computer – easy access to the internet and social media may lead to hours spent looking for that perfect meme or falling into the endless trap of stalking on Facebook.
Don’t make the mistake that everyone makes during assessment time and opt for the easy way out. Yes, we are talking about fast-food. Here are a few things you can add to your shopping list instead of that pack of Tim Tams;
- Oily fish (salmon)
When hitting the books, it is recommended that you select music between 50 and 80 beats per minute to stimulate your learning, problem-solving and creative abilities. For those non-musical genius’, stick to classical and instrumental music and avoid music with lyrics as this can become really distracting. Spotify has a few great playlists for you to listen to. See below;
http://spoti.fi/1TioHQu – this one is for all the electronic lovers.
Sleep, sleep and more sleep!
This seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of students underestimate the importance of a little R&R.
If you still don’t believe us, check out this link for a simple explanation about the benefits of sleep http://bit.ly/2feSCfW
Study is a recursive process, which means that it is expected that you study for a short length of time, take a break and return. Sitting at your desk for 5 hours or more without a rest is just not going to end well. Ensure that you are getting up and stretching your legs for at least 10 minutes, every 90 minutes. Don’t feel guilty if you need a short break because any break, or period of exercise will reduce your chances of brain fatigue.