Whether you’re glued to your laptop at home or fighting for a spot in the library, here at Campus.ie we thought we’d give you guys five study tips for Easter Break. Most colleges are now on a break, but for those still in college or the poor souls who didn’t go home over the break, the reality of the next two weeks is studying for exams. And for those who went home there can be a lot of distractions like your mam constantly asking if you want tea or lunch or your friends from home insisting you meet them for dinner or a few drinks.
Basically, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve got five tips for making the most of your study time right here;
1. Make a study space:
Now, I’m not saying spend two whole days reorganizing your room or redecorating. What I mean is, find a space that is cleared from clutter, quiet and gives you access to internet and whatever else you need. If it is too noisy at home, why not head to your local library to study, or maybe clear some space at the kitchen table during the day while everyone else is out of the house? What I find works best for me is to clear your desk of any junk or unwanted items and store them in a box until after exams. All you need is space for your laptop, a few books and a cup of tea really.
2. Find a balance:
For most students, Easter break means heading home to work. In the last three years I’ve been in college I’ve done the same. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to study say it to your boss, be honest about what you can do. You need time to work and study over the few weeks and late night shifts won’t help when you’re trying to study the next day. If you work in waitressing, say, maybe take the breakfast shift and take evenings off to study and get out for some fresh air. It also means you’ll get a good night’s sleep too, avoiding late nights and unwanted tiredness.
3. Avoid unnecessary snacking:
One of the biggest things that can make studying feel like its dragging out is by fuelling it with sugar. Energy drinks might seem like a good idea but they actually make you feel a lot worse in the days after and can affect your sleep cycle. The same goes for snacking on sugary energy bars or sweets and treats. Avoid the sugar high with snacks with natural sugars like fresh fruit, nuts, smoothies etc. Try to eat a big breakfast in the mornings before you start studying, porridge with fruit, a fresh smoothie, avocado on toast, eggs, bulkier foods that will leave you fuller for longer.
One key item I always have when studying is a bottle of water. Keep it in your bag and on the go and it’ll help you avoid the slump at 3-4pm. Ever notice how you get a headache after studying for a few hours? It’s from dehydrationl your body needs fluids and by drinking 2L a day you will see benefits like clearer skin, more energy, no more fatigue, and when you treat your body better you feel better. Most colleges have water fountains or water coolers located in study areas and libraries so if you want to go out and get a reusable bottle and fill it up you’ll save the planet and a little cash in your pocket.
5. Turn off your phone:
It is the number 1 distraction when studying. You’ll open a book and two minutes later a notification will pop up, someone tagged you in a meme, or sent you a snap, liked an Insta you posted. Or you’ll get the temptation to put a typical library story with the caption ‘Why am I even here’. If you need your phone, put it on silent. I only use mine to listen to music and I turn it off silent when I’m finished studying. Limit your distractions and try and focus on what you started today doing. Exams only come round twice a year, so make the effort for a few weeks, it will pay off later.
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