- BREATHE! – You’re not going to retain any information if your brain has no oxygen to work with. Stop hyperventilating about how much work you have to do and just take a deep breath. All it takes is a few seconds of tranquility to keep you mind focus.
- Find a secluded place – If you study best in your room, then study in your room - but I doubt that you do. You’ll probably study for 5 minutes until you decide to check facebook or turn on the TV just for a short break. Then that short break will turn into a five hour break because HBO is showing both parts of Harry Potter 7. So get out of there and find a place that’s quiet on campus. There are a lot of them. The most well-known is the library. It’s very quiet and if you’re looking for absolute silence go to the bottom floor. Down there it’s a sin just to clear your throat. Once the library closes, go to a common lounge in your dorm or find an empty room in one of the academic buildings. My favorite place is the H-Wing Auditorium. I personally stay in my floor lounge until I start nodding my head off. Then I head to the H-Wing around 1am. Once I've got a second wind from the cold walk, I stay up studying for a few more hours till I’m satisfied with my work.
- Sleep – Obviously you’re going to have a few all-nighters (you’re a college student after all). But you have to sleep eventually, especially the night before your final. When you sleep for more than 20 minutes your mind enters state known as R.E.M. (not to be confused with the band). During this state your body shuts off and most of your mind too. However, a little bit of your mind is still awake, recalculating and logging all the information you’ve obtained throughout the day. You can actually see glimpses of this process in dreams (but that is an entirely different subject). When you wake up, all that information you studied will now be freshly store in your mind and ready for retrieval when you need it. If you don’t sleep, your mind will never store that information and so you’ll just forget everything by the time you take your test.
- Get disconnected – unplug your TV, computer, clock, and anything else that can be even slightly distracting. Our generation is too accustomed to being connected to everyone at every hour. These distraction have caused us to have incredibly short intention spans. This issue needs be resolved in the future for your own benefit. But for now, an easy way to fix this is by eliminating every means of distraction.
- Don’t plan, act – I common mistake so many students do is planning their studying time. This is a good concept but usually ends out badly. For one, students sometimes spend more time planning to study than actually studying. Then when they do study, they realize they have to study five hours and the idea of that destroys their motivation. My suggestion is don’t plan; just study. Don’t think about how you have to get five chapters today than three tomorrow. Don’t think, just do. If your main concern is work, then you’ll get the work done.
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