Jasmine El-issa, Staff Writer
Studying for that upcoming exam can be difficult and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. These five tips can help lower the stress and anxiety of studying.
You’ve probably heard this one many times from parents and teachers, and you’ve probably rolled your eyes each time. Spending ten minutes at most, to review your notes every night will give you a better understanding of what you learned that day. This also makes it easier to memorize and familiarize yourself with the curriculum, so when test day comes you’ve already done all the hardcore studying. All that’s left is a quick review. It sounds easier than it is, but once you’ve made it a habit you’ll find it comes naturally.
Sticky notes. These tiny pieces of papers are gold when it comes to cutting down on unnecessary information. Whether you’re reading a novel in language arts or you’re memorizing pages of a science textbook, sticky notes are an easy way to highlight important facts. The small space forces you to only write down the necessary information; because if you’re like me, you’re notes are filled with anything and everything on the topic. This is killer when its crunch time. Rather than filling you’re mind with useless sentences; review your revised, short, sticky notes. This way you focus on the important points.
Listen to your favourite soundtracks. Hear me out; if you incorporate music with words it’s easier to remember things. Try and stay away from songs with lyrics, they may become a distraction rather than a helpful thing. For example, when I study I tend to listen to the Hobbit soundtrack so when it comes time to remember facts I can think back: “Oh yes! I was listening to ‘My Dear Frodo’ when I read this… the answers B.” This doesn’t work for everyone, but give it a shot as it helped me through many study sessions.
Set goals. Endless reading can be intimidating; so set goals for yourself. An example could be reciting all your vocab words correctly and answering five practice questions properly before getting a ten-minute break. This allows you to work harder so you get your rest but don’t abuse this by learning one fact then giving yourself an hour free. Use this one in moderation.
Start early in the day. Studying at 4:00 and finishing at 5:00 (Which should be easy if you followed tip one) is way less stressful then if you were to start at 10:00 and finish well into the night. Finish you’re studying early so you don’t have to worry about it all evening. If I could let you take one thing away from this article, it would be to not procrastinate. Trust me on this one; you’ll thank yourself for getting rid of all the unnecessary stress of late night cramming.
These five tips can honestly help with reducing the pressure of exams. Happy studying!