BY EMILY CARTER 2/1/18
Finals week can be a stressful time for many students; I know it was for me also.
So, understanding how to prepare for finals correctly is the key to preventing. All students would like to unwind by getting massages before finals (I sure would!).
However, All of us know this is not possible. There has to be a uniform approach to evaluate our performance, and it must happen at some point (hence, “finals”).
So, how else can we reduce tension and know that we are on the right path to excel?
- Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention over a brief period.
- Say YES to cardio: Science says that “Only 20 minutes of cardio can enhance your memory”. Whether you are dancing, running or breaking up a sweat by walking, exercise will boost your energy level and reduce the effects of anxiety.
- 3. Sometimes we eat breakfast the day of a significant test. Research indicates that “High-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (grain is more satisfying than cereals).” However, what you consume a week before the exam also matters a lot.
- When school students were tested on focus and thinking speed, then given a five-day high fat, a low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cream and cheese and analyzed again, their performance dropped.
When you study, your mind absorbs sugar, so have a five-minute break each hour to allow your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthful snack and is quite beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are also good options).
- Alternate study spots: Spending all night at the library can be draining.
According to this New York Times, “The area where a person study enhances retention.” An experiment, psychologists found that students who studied a list of 40 language words in two distinct areas – one windowless and cluttered, another contemporary, with a view on a courtyard – did much better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in precisely the same
- Learning Through Visuals: Your mind defaults to pictures for words, as it can. We recall images. We overlook words. When we begin to read our mind, then it tries to translate letters into pictures.
Place a few notes together, and our brain must consider every individual message as a picture. Sooner or later, it reads mixed letters and believes of this photo, rather than the word. We learn nearly twice from images as compared to words or letters.
Visual Scientist Jaya Cross whose visual content on valentine’s day images went viral says, “We humans are sight creatures. Pictures translate across culture, education levels and age groups, the richness of the whole picture can be taken in at a glance.”
- By creating a balanced research program and schedule, you’ll have the ability to analyze each subject entirely and ultimately enhance your test performance.
All-nighters impair memory. As a result; you may receive lower grades. But that is not all; you’d then be forced to wake up sooner than expected – and that is bad too. According to Dan Taylor, manager of a sleep-and-health-research laboratory at The University of North Texas, that this will interfere with rapid-eye-movement (REM).
(Quick tip: Review the most terrible notes right before going to bed the night before the exam. It makes it easier to remember)
Emily Carter :Writer at TheEventier. She is a web copywriter and content strategist and helps social good-driven brands rapidly grow their impact and income.