If you are anything like me (a procrastinator), then this blog post is intended for you. Don’t wait until last minute to study for your exams. I know this is pretty self explanatory, but a lot of people (including myself) do this. Cramming before an exam is one way of studying, but it can’t be the only form of studying you end up doing. Here are a few tips on avoiding procrastination and being more proactive when it comes to your studying.
Set Studying Due Dates
Set goals for yourself. Basically saying “by this date, at this time, I will have gone over this concept or this chapter”, and if you do this over a few days you will see that you have covered a lot of the course material. Closer to the exam you are just doing a light reading over your study notes as you have been setting studying due dates for yourself along the way.
I know it is tempting to have your phone on your desk while you are studying. If it is preventing you from focusing on what you are actually supposed to be studying, then you need to put it away. Most of us are addicted to our phones so at the slightest buzz or tone, we are picking it up to check Instagram, see who snapped us, or whatever else you do on your phone. Unless you are using it to study (like doing practice questions on our app), simply turn it off and keep it out of sight and out of mind.
I know this might sound counterintuitive to the majority of procrastinators, but there is a good reason why you should take breaks when you are studying. If you were to study for a long extended period of time you would end up burning out quickly and have information overload. To combat this, take a break after an intense study session so you are not taking in a large amount of information all at once that you likely will not remember.
I am one who is really bad for this, but friends, Netflix, pretty much anything will draw my focus away from studying. Just like your phone, other things that are around you could cause you to be distracted or to stop studying altogether. For this reason, I recommend going to the library or some other secluded quiet place where the only thing that you can do is study.
I hope these tips help you when it comes to studying for your exams. If you are looking for more tips on anything relating to exams, check out some of our previous blog posts. In the meantime though, good luck and happy studying!