Choices and Tips to have a productive study week

Since the times I could barely write, my mother always remind me on the importance of making the right choices. At the age of 13, my strenuous decisions to be made was the choices of secondary schools. I had choose one of Islamic secondary school however, I was not suitable there until I made decision to just ended my first one month there. 

Now, we are reaching the mid-December thus it reminds me of Final Examinations. Final examinations will be held on 28 December until 6 December with four papers in my hands. The power of choices will determine your success in your exam. How you handle your study schedule will determine the back-breaking of you to achieve all-A's-kill. 

There are few choices and tips to have a productive study week.

1. Decorate your study space with positive affirmations. 

It may feel cheesy, but you’ll be surprised how much a few sticky notes of your favorite motivational quotes around your desk will help you down the line when you start feeling hopeless.That, and it’s an easy bit of productive procrastination to help you ease into the week.

2. Prep everything that you'll need ahead of time.

Prep everything that you'll need ahead of time.

Figure out ahead of time what you’ll need so you’ll have fewer excuses to procrastinate with this stuff later. Think: Prepping study playlists so you don’t wind up fiddling on Spotify instead of studying, stocking up on snacks so you’re not constantly running out for food, already grabbing notes from those lectures you skipped, etc

3. Assemble your study group, even if you like studying alone.

Having social groups that can help you get through it is vital,“It helps you feel like you’re not alone in your stress. That’s one of the worst feelings you can have that everyone else is doing well while you’re struggling.” So whether that’s getting a study group together, setting a catch-up lunch date with your friends, or just having someone to text and check in with, line it up.

4. Block distracting websites ahead of time.

5. Don't just divide your time between exams and papers. 

Don't just divide your time between exams and papers. That's still scary AF. 

Devoting one day to ~Study For Chem~ is still really daunting. Instead, divide each major task (whether it’s studying for a final or writing a final paper) into smaller, actionable tasks that you can tackle one by one. So instead of a terrifying 10-page paper, break it down into drafting a thesis, collecting useful quotes, outlining your body paragraphs, etc.

6. Realistically think about how much time each task will take before you just add it to your planner.

Scheduling is key but just throwing “Study Chapters 1-5” in your planner isn’t really enough. Think about how long this will actually realistically take you, then block out that time. Do this for all of your classes and assignments, logging it by hand or via app, including as many details as possible. Even if your plans change, having a set schedule keeps you accountable and will keep you from putting something off that’s going to take at least two full days to tackle.

7. Add relaxation and social time to that schedule and make it non- negotiable

8. Set certain time to check your email, Facebook etc.

Quitting social media cold turkey is an awesome way to up your productivity during finals. But since that’s way easier said than done, Yip suggests only catching up on your social channels at specific times each day. It’s a nice way to reward yourself for working without distraction and it’ll save you from falling down an Instagram rabbit hole

9.Accept that finals week is not a time to be a perfectionist.

10. Do not load up on more caffeine than usual.

You might feel like you need to double up on coffee during your marathon study sessions, but actually, you’re not helping yourself at all. “Your body naturally produces extra adrenaline during exam week,” says Yip. “Extra caffeine actually inhibits your learning process because you become too jittery and overly energetic, and it interferes with your ability to focus.” So stick to your usual Starbucks order and trust adrenaline to carry you the rest of the way

11. Go to office hours and ask lecturers about anything you're unclear on.

12. Allocate the study time.

Yip suggests this as a tactic for making sure what you’re studying actually sticks into your long-term memory. 90 minutes study, 15 minutes break, review for 10 minutes and repeat.But make sure that your 15-minute break doesn’t involve any distractions like social media or Netflix. Instead, try meditating, listening to music, or even resting with your eyes close

13. DO NOT pull all nighters before exams. 

No matter how necessary it seems, this strategy will most likely backfire. “Sleep is so important for your mental wellbeing and your cognitive functioning,” says Yip. “We know from research that when we are deprived of sleep, it interferes with our ability for logical reasoning and our memory.”
Even if you can’t get your 7-8 hours of sleep, make sure you get something.

14. Same goes for eating healthy.

15. Don't try to cram in the hour before exams.

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By that point, you’ve done all you can do and that last hour isn’t going to do you any favors, says Yip. Instead, prep for the test by relaxing and trying to get in the best state of mind possible. 

Don't be afraid of failure. Just be afraid of failure of proper planning.

“What comes, will go.
What is found, will be lost again.
But what you are is beyond coming and going and beyond description.
So if tomorrow you decide you want to become a Sandy and ditch being a defenseless Patrick, I hope you'll do what it takes to achieve that. ;)

Thank you Buzz Feed for those informations.

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  1. Thank you for posting these fresh tips, might be helpful for the next incoming mid semester exam and finals. Oh, your English is so flawless ;)