It’s two words that can strike fear and panic into the soul of most students. (No, not PUB CLOSED)…
As that time of the year approaches once again, many students often find themselves stressed, overworked, and sleep deprived as they try to cope with balancing their study load, part-time job, and personal life. We can’t do the study for you (sorry!), but we can certainly help ease some of that stress with these scientifically-backed study tips.
1. Get out of the chair
- Although it might be the last thing you feel like doing especially after a long day of brain workouts, studies consistently show that exercise is your best friend especially when it comes to enhancing your study capabilities.
- Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day, and don’t push yourself to hard.
- Studies indicate that the best type of exercise for memory retention is a light-intensity workout done at least 24 hours before the exam.
- If you exercise too intensely or too close to the exam your brain may be overstimulated and not able to focus appropriately.
2. Turn up the (double) bass
- Music has been statistically proven to be a great aide in improving study focus.
- Studies have found that soothing instrumental music (no Taylor Swift or Kanye West sorry) with higher frequencies tends to help with accelerating learning.
- The organised rhythm of classical music encourages clear thinking, and 60-70 beats per minutes assist with keeping you alert and focused.
- Examples which fit these specifications are:
- Divertimento for Strings, Mozart
- Four Seasons, Vivaldi
- Water Music, Handel
- Brandenburg Concertos, Bach
- These are all freely available on YouTube (we know how cash-poor the student lifestyle can be!)
- Remember – you’re studying, not hosting a rave so make sure the music is at “background noise” volume level.
3. Say “No” to all-nighters
- The all-nighter is, unfortunately, a very common story among students. You know what we’re talking about – you spent the last month either partying or procrastinating and have decided to cram a whole semesters worth of learning into one very blurry 12 hours. Not surprisingly, this doesn’t work.
- Psychology professor Roxanne Prichard says, “Becoming sleep-deprived causes a change in the brain, which also affects their behavior and memory. Your brain doesn’t necessarily shut down when you lack sleep – It just stops functioning properly.”
- As difficult as it may be, start preparing for your exams at least 4 weeks before exam week commences.
- Our brains tend to lose focus when we spend too much time on one topic, so space out your topics and mix your study day up with a few different subjects. Doing this a few weeks before your exam will benefit you greatly, as well as guarantee you a good nights sleep before the exam.
- Your future self will thank you for it!
There you have it – 3 scientifically proven tips to help you ace that exam and remain moderately sound of mind and body. Good luck!