How to Best Prepare For Exams

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An Step-by-Step Guide for Better Grades

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Some psychologists say that in order to have a truly successful life, 4 main areas of your life must be completely satisfied: health, wealth, love, and happiness. That being said, here at Studentpad we believe that getting a degree, finding a job that you love and living the life you dream of are a good start in your pursuit of achieving these life goal. Only if you love what you do you’re going to be able to be truly productive in life and find your place in the professional world. However, getting there demands a lot of hard work, especially when you're a student! There are usually quite a handful of exams and course assignments with tight deadlines in each student's calendar, waiting to be passed/completed. We’re going to try and help you check all the boxes in order to prepare as good as possible for your exams.

 

STEP ONE: ORGANIZE!

One of the most important things in the learning process is the ability to clear your mind to better comprehend the topic that you are working on. This is one of the main reasons why the Buddhist monks discovered meditation ages ago - to allow any mental residues to pass away in order to better focus on the task at hand. And one of the best possible ways to do so is to clean the space around you. If your room is messy then surely you will find things that will distract you and your hard-fought focus will dissipate in an instant. So sort-out any papers, books, clothes nicely before continuing. A neatly organized workspace can do wonders to your productivity!

STEP TWO: FOCUS!

It doesn't matter how long you postpone your tasks and procrastinate: Unresolved problems and unfinished chores will haunt you consciously and subconsciously. The best way to get this nasty feeling out of your head is focusing on the most important items onyour agenda and simply work through them one by one. So the second step important step is to shut out all external stimuli that might distract you from your work. Close Youtube, Netflix, Snapchat, Facebook or whatever else might seduce you into wasting your hours away. Also, if you have some spare time at hand one good method for achieving focus (or a "state of flow" as some experts call it) is through mindfulness, either by practicing meditation, yoga, tai-chi or similar practices. Just Google mindfulness and you will find loads of research and techniques that explain how to achieve focus for studying.

STEP THREE: START DOING IT!

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 “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

(Chinese proverbs)

Please, for the sake of creativity, don’t over-do your procrastinating! It's okay to take some time off every now and then but do not push your deadlines too much. We know it's hard, we’ve been there as well. Funny cat videos on Facebook, interesting pictures on Tumblr, the latest Tweets, they all have a great entertainment value. But when it is time to actually work, they can become costly distractions. So our advice (that you probably didn’t ask for) is to just go sit at your desk or on your bed / chair and just start studying: either by reading and researching about the topic or taking notes. Sooner is always better and the earlier you start practicing for your exam, the more confident you will feel when it comes to the "real thing".

STEP FOUR: TAKE A BREAK

And the final step is taking breaks. Don’t forget to relax both your body (by doing stretching exercises after all that sitting) and relaxing your mind (by taking breaks from the actual studying). Most experts agree that 90 minutes is the maximum time you should study following a 10 minutes break between sessions.

Following these easy to remember steps can help you with finding a more fulfilling studying experience. We wish you all the best of luck with your next exams and may all that effort materialize into a good grade! For the latest blog articles on student life, please check out our blog or follow us on Social Media at facebook.com/studentpad, twitter.com/studentpad or youtube.com/studentpad.

Until next time, stay focused.

 

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