The week before a huge test and you are definitely freaking out about it. You need this one if you want to keep that A in the class and you have no idea how you are going to study between your busy schedule. And, even on top of that, you don’t know how you are going to study while you are completely stressed out. You are stressed and you don’t think you are going to be able to recite anything you learn – but, you have to study. There is no way you can make it without studying right at this moment, if you don’t start now you’ll never start.
You are stressed and you don’t think you are going to be able to recite anything you learn – but, you have to study. There is no way you can make it without studying right at this moment, if you don’t start now you’ll never start. Here are a few tips to study efficiently while being completely stressed out.
Tip #1: Breathe.
Before you start your studies at all, you want to breathe. Work on meditation and make sure you are not as stressed out as you were. Having a clear passage means you will not become annoyed at yourself when you don’t retain things. You certainly do not want to study while you are on the verge of a panic attack, that is not where you want to be.
Tip #2: Station.
After you have worked on your breathing, you then want to create a workstation. Whether you want to work at a desk, or on your bed – it is ultimately your choice for where you work. I tend to enjoy working on my bed because it gives me leverage and comfortability. Some cannot study under comfortability and thus they use a desk and chair. But, I like the space I have on my bed – as opposed to being on something else. Make sure the station is somewhere you would want to spend the next few hours at least. And, make sure you are in an area where you can speak out loud because that is tip #5.
Tip #3: Notes.
In tip #3, you want to make sure you have notes, the book, or anything of that sort to help you study. If you already have your study notes written you can jump to tip #4; however, if you don’t then this next part is for you. For the notes, you want to be able to rewrite them – if you like. I rewrite my notes as at least three times before I study off of them. I want to make sure that I am remembering them that way as well as by saying them aloud.
Tip #4: Organization.
Your station is important, yes, but you also want to have everything on the surface that you need for the studying session. You want to make sure that everything is in its place and you won’t be doing too much moving around because that is when you start to get distracted. You want to make sure that the detractions are limited – and, you get that from spreading everything out at a reasonable length.
Related: How to Create and Organize Your Study Space
Tip #5: Recite.
I always find the most helpful is reciting your notes out loud. Making sure you say them a few times out loud because it really sticks that way. I always do them in intervals of every 20 minutes – or even switch up between saying them aloud and then just rewriting them or reading them to myself.
Tip #6: Breaks.
Breaks are important. They are extremely important and snacks. You want to make sure you are not hungry and studying, you want to eat snacks every now and again to make sure you are alive and well. Drinking water helps and hydrating yourself while you study also helps. But, for every half hour you study – make sure you take a 10-15 minute break. It helps to recess the information in a useful way that you will remember. Let it simmer a little without making your brain work hard to remember it all at once.
Tip #7: Repeat.
Repeat this until you need and make sure you know you are going to ace that test.