An Essential Survivor’s Guide To Studying

by A Guest Author

Hours of after-school homework or daily exam revision are facts of life for the average student. But prolonged periods of study can mean that maintaining concentration is a difficult challenge. With these simple tips, you can ensure your study time is productive and even potentially enjoyable.

1.    Take regular breaks.

It has been proven that short 10 minute breaks are beneficial for students in danger of losing concentration. Avoid studying for periods longer than 2 hours because our brains function most effectively when they are rested and stimulated. Staring at the same maths equation for 2 hours will not help the revision or homework process, so try breaking for a cup of tea and returning to it in 10 minutes with fresh eyes.  Getting an early night (especially before the exam) will ensure your eyes feel refreshed and your brain alert; ready for a productive day’s study.

2.    Set yourself achievable targets

Having a goal to reach each day means that, once your revision is finished for the day, you can relax knowing that you have achieved what you planned to. It is also a great way to keep revision plans in order, ensuring you will have enough time to cover the important bits before the exam day. Be realistic in your targets; planning to cover an entire subject in one hour will undoubtedly result in disappointment and panic.

3.    Stay hydrated

Make sure you drink plenty of water during the day (ideally 1 and ½ to 2 liters per day) to maintain effective brain function and to keep your eyes refreshed. Snacks during break periods can also help to stave off distracting hunger pangs.

4.    Choose a comfortable setting

Everyone has their own favorite place to work where they function at their best. This may be a computer desk or even the living room floor, but finding somewhere comfortable without distractions is important for maintaining concentration. For some people, background noise is helpful for creating a relaxing atmosphere, but avoid television as the screen action may be distracting.

5.    Breathe!

Remember that if you leave yourself plenty of time before your exams and follow these top tips, there’s no reason why your revision can’t be as successful as you hope. One of the most important pieces of advice is to simply relax and breathe. If you do find yourself getting stressed, a conversation with a friend or teacher could be beneficial in giving you the supportive boost you need.

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Victoria writes for online supplier of varifocal lenses, Direct Sight

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