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How to focus during exam season

Brace yourselves!!! Exam season is here! It’s only a few days before the exam I realise “Oops! I messed up”, time to pull off an all-nighter. But don’t worry at all I have a few tips that might help you because I do this myself and have managed to score decently every time.

First things first, throw away your phone. Research tells us that an average adult spends at least 3 to 4 hours on their phone and not for useful stuff, just scrolling through one social media to another. Think of what you could achieve in those 3 hours? Assignments, research, revision etc. I personally believe that it is the biggest distraction for most of us when a lot of this time could be used for other productive things. When I said to throw away your phone, I don’t mean quite literally, just put it on airplane mode for a few hours when you sit down to study and trust me, you’ll feel the difference.

Making a proper schedule is a necessity. If you particularly like following schedules, then make weekly ones, listing down the topmost important task to the ones that require the least attention. I’ve have done this my entire academic life and gives me a sense of direction as well as manage everything simultaneously. If you can give at least 2 hours a day to each of your subjects, you’ll be done with most of it till the day of your exam

Sticky notes are lifesavers! For those of you who still resort to making notes on paper, make it a habit of jotting down important points on sticky notes and putting them on your boards, notebooks, or books. The trick is that every time you will come across these, it will be a refresher of all the concepts that you’ve learnt.

Apart from this, a few other things you could do is:

• Practice as much as you can
• Take regular small breaks in between to recharge
• Try studying in groups, you end up learning from others
• Give yourself lectures in the mirror, trust me on this one

Lastly, I would just want to say don’t forget to get proper sleep. Your brain needs to function properly so make sure you get at least 6-7 hours of sleep before the exam. Don’t panic guys! We’ve got this! In the wise words of Nelson Mandela “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”. Good Luck everyone!