Prioritize and Organize
First things first - now would be a great time to de-clutter the desks that you've been meaning to get to at for a while. With a conducive environment, you'd undoubtedly be more focused and motivated to get things done!
Devise a schedule
Plan a timetable strategising what you’ll be studying in the next few crucial weeks. Or better yet, set goals to be accomplished each day. Be it a calendar planner or scheduling programs, these are great ways to keep track of due dates for all your assignments and exams - just make sure you have a single, easy, quick reference so you know what to expect in the weeks ahead. It won't take long for you to realise that you've become much more efficient in your work than before!
Find an Outlet for Stress
Do you find yourself being overwhelmed with readings and assignments? As cliché as it sounds, taking breaks are vital in ensuring your optimum performance. Going for a jog, watching a movie, reading one of your favourite books, taking a yoga class, the options are endless. Just make sure it is something that you enjoy and will take your mind off of studying for the moment so that you can come back rejuvenated and with a clear head.
What is after the finals? HOLIDAYS! However, don't waste time scouring the Internet for potential holiday destinations as you sulk over university. Instead, shape your mindset to capitalise on these plans as an incentive to finish the semester strong. Get excited that you have something to look forward to and channel it into your current efforts. With reassurance that you've done all you could, your holidays will definitely prove to be twice as sweet!
Stress can have an adverse effect on your appetite and skipping meals won't do your concentration any favours. While revising, avoid hunger pangs and eat regularly. Fill yourself up with energy-giving oats and also eggs during breakfast, as it contains choline, a type of nutrient which helps cognitive performance and improve memory as we age. For lunch, eat low GI foods to keep you going until dinner. For your last meal of the day, make the most of oily fish which are believed to help with brain function.
Lastly, don’t forget to stay healthy. If you can't exercise as much as you usually do, do something physical every 2 or 3 days. Make sure you have 8 hours of sleep every day, as sleep deprivation impedes your ability to learn and remember. Remember to drink water throughout the day. Even if you aren’t thirsty, keep drinking! When your immune system is working hard to fight off sicknesses, water will fuel it to keep working.
All the best and stay strong!
Secretaries of MASCA Victoria