The Best Ways To Study Without Becoming A Stressy Mess
Keep Distractions At Bay
Put your phone on silent and throw it across the room as you yell “Goodbye social media! I finally don’t care what any of you are doing!” Aim for a pillow though.
Fine, you can talk to your friends – just not all day and night. Exam lock-down doesn’t need to come without some fun – and if you manage your time well, planning some downtime to chat with friends or scroll social media shouldn’t be out of the question. Taking breaks to head outside to meet a friend for a walk, play video games, or engage in a group chat, after you tackle a long study session will give your brain a break and allow you to recharge your batteries – so you can get back to hitting the books hard a few hours later.
Create a study schedule.
If you think about all of the work you have to do over the next couple of weeks, it can be easy to want to dry up and shrivel away. But don’t do that! Instead, create a schedule that enables you to focus on one thing at a time. Using a calendar or planner, block off times for studying each day and stick to your program.
Find a study buddy.
Locking yourself away in your apartment, dorm room or childhood bedroom for two weeks is enough to make anyone crazy. Don’t be crazy, you have plenty of time in your life to let that happen to you naturally. Terrifying. Instead of signing up for solitary confinement, plan to meet a friend somewhere cliche’ and socially distant at the same time, like outside a coffee shop, the library or on a zoom call for a virtual study session. Just make sure the friend who you choose to meet is someone who’s actually focused and won’t be a big distraction.
Science Says Pulling An All-Nighter Sucks
No, pulling an all-nighter to study for a big exam won’t help you – science says so. Most experts agree that staying up all night to cram for a test can do you more harm than good. So, while you probably don’t have the luxury of sleeping until noon, it’s important you get your eight hours if you want to maximize your brainpower.
Plan a fun event at the end of it all.
A little Among Us Or Destiny with friends, a yard hang out with the guys or gals and some beers, whatever … just give yourself something to look forward to. Dangle a bottle of IPA to chase along the way and it’ll make all of your hard work seem worth it.
Remember, when it comes to actually sitting down and studying or not sitting down and studying, you alone are usually your own worst enemy. Which is sort of messed up, but at least you have a fair shot at this. Good luck!