Study Tips and Motivation

The first week of exams is almost done, don’t let up!

Here are a few study tips to keep you going:

1) Don’t Panic!:  Staying calm is a key part of success during exam week. While this is easily said, it’s much more difficult to actually do. We all deal with stress differently, but some methods are much healthier and more effective then others.

  • Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness is an effective way to deal with life’s stresses. It’s a good way to recenter your thoughts, to stay focused and to let go of your anger, fear, and anxiety. Mindfulness is both a state of mind and a meditative practice, but getting into the habit of doing just 10 minutes of mediation a day can do wonders for your overall mental health. A great way to start getting into the practice is to use the convenient mobile app called Headspace. If you want simple quick tips to get through the exam period, try “Mindfulness Tips for Exam Students”
  • Get Active: Physical exercise is found to be one of the best ways to combat stress. It will reset your mind, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to focus on your studying, while improving your physical health. Taking breaks to go play active sports games, going for a run, or even a short break to do squats or pushups will get your body moving and your blood flowing and allow you to think on something else for a while. It can help you be more effective at studying – allowing your mind to retain more information.

2) Study Effectively: Study methods are often a self taught skill. Therefore, we all study differently, and most of us have study methods that works best for us. Some of us, however, do not have effective study methods and can’t seem to retain their material. Here are a couple of methods that have been proven effective for a broad range of people:

  • Pomodoro Method: This method keeps your studying focused by doing it in short bursts and taking many short breaks. This will keep you from getting too stressed and overwhelmed by changing pace often-  Here’s how it works:

There are six steps in the technique:

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
  4. After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 1.
  6. After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

3) Remember that your part of a Community: You are not an island. Part of getting through difficult situations is to lean on your community, your people, your friends, your family. We believe in you, and you are loved. Whenever your feeling completely overwhelmed, and we all get that feeling, turn to your community. We are here for you, when you need us. If you need to talk to someone please take advantage of our free counselling service, Aspiria, by calling 1-877-234-5327 or by visiting their website at www.aspiria.ca, its available 24/7, 365 days a year. They have trained counselors ready to help you with any problems your facing. There is no need to take on the world by yourself – lean on your community.

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