Mid Term 12-16th Feb: Staying ahead of the game when school's out!
Exams are on the horizon, work in school is becoming more intense and teachers are gearing their classes towards exam preparation, examination technique and past paper questions.
So what can I do to ensure that my midterm break ties in with this progression towards the business end of the year?
Read below for some study tips to ensure next week’s Mid Term break gives you the chance to enjoy some relaxation and down time but also gives you the chance to tackle tough areas of your course so that you are coming back refreshed and confident in your subjects.
Here’s your survival guide:
Organise your time effectively
Take a look at your schedule for next week. What activities have you planned that you can’t miss? Put these activities into your planner first, along with sleep (at least 8 hours per night), and eating.
Organise your study space
A cluttered space is a recipe for stress. Tidy up your workspace but know where everything is so you can access whatever you need quickly. Try to find a space where you are not distracted by noise or by devices.
Visual aids so create plenty of mind maps and diagrams
Many males respond well to visual aids when studying. Sometimes things can be hard to explain but if you can draw a diagram then you will remember the content.
Talk to parents and siblings about your study. Talk out loud, teach others
Communicate with your family about your learning. Tell them what you learned that day and teach them about it. This will help you retain the information.
Take regular breaks
Avoid a long hard slog with no breaks, this is counterproductive. Take time out and exercise as research shows that getting the blood pumping faster around the body is good for studying.
Snack on brain food
Avoid turning to energy drinks and foods high in sugar and salt for a quick boost of energy. Stock up on fresh fruits like blueberries and nuts or pumpkin seeds
Drink plenty of water
A lack of water is a lack of brain power. Drinking water can improve the brain’s ability to complete study tasks research has found. SO drink at least 8 glasses per day.
Remember that no motivational poster or video will make you feel more motivated than seeing progress. So make sure that you are cognisant of the progress you are making. Constantly checking your phone or tablet for notifications will keep you back and limit progress. During your breaks these things can be done but remember that your breaks need to be time bound as well so you don’t get lost for too long in your devices.
Finally, if you don’t already know then you can ask any of your teachers at the College before you leave for Mid Term what the areas are that you really need to work on to get to the top! They will be able to guide you.