As the exam season approaches, it becomes more and more difficult to keep up with the syllabus and be productive. This is a problem that most students face during the preparatory leave. Here are some ways to make your holidays a little less full of anxiety.
A college student by the virtue of being an apprentice of academics is much too familiar with the concept of all-nighters. The number of all-nighters a student plans increases more and more as the first end-semester exam approaches., At the same time, you start regretting the days that were usually wasted in binge-watching your favourite TV series or spending countless hours on YouTube because of living in denial about the syllabus.
Studies have suggested that concentration levels are maximised during the day as opposed to the night. Yet, most students believe that they can accomplish much more during the night. The word ‘distraction’ is used too often as an answer to the question, “Why don’t you just study during the day? This particular question is followed by the usual conversation that revolves around the lack of sleep, dark circles, or the insane level of caffeine dependency people have developed due to exams.
Focusing on the task at hand is not always so easy. Simply the noises, the things we see in our peripheral vision, a text on our class WhatsApp group, the creeping thoughts of countless readings awaiting us, are enough to tighten our chests and fill us with low-level anxiety. And of course, these feelings make us less focused, less engaged, and less productive.
Here are some ways that can help you be more productive during the day:
- Wake up early
Waking up at timings that are now considered to be “odd” might actually help you and boost your energy. Your mind is the freshest in the mornings, and you will find yourself finishing a lot more work than before by getting yourself a head start on your day.
Even if you force yourself to wake up at 6 in the morning by setting up 7 alarms, it is imperative that both your mind and body are fresh and awake. Some light exercise in the morning will help you boost your energy.
- Finish the hardest chapters/topics before lunch
You will find yourself reducing the number of hours you spend understanding what you consider to be a complicated part of your syllabus if you take it up before you have your lunch. You can leave the easy/do-able topics for the night since they don’t require the concentration level that you possess during the daytime.
- Take breaks
Studies have suggested that one person can fully concentrate for 40 minutes at a time. You will find that studying in periods of half an hour is much more efficient than two-hour study sessions.
Implementing these changes might seem hard but they are worth the effort. Productivity is a struggle every student suffers through, but it’s not something absolutely impossible to achieve.
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