Your exams are almost over. You cannot wait for the holidays. How do you stay focussed?
The last stretch before the holidays is always the hardest! Especially when some of your friends have already finished all their exams and you still have to study. How can you possibly stay motivated when freedom is so close (yet so far)? That’s why we want to give you these 5 super easy tips to stay motivated to study for you last exam.
1. Stick to the schedule.Sticking to a schedule can be quite difficult towards the last few exams. This is because you are tired, probably have mental fatigue and you simply wish you could be on holiday already. Therefore, your schedule will be your cornerstone. Make sure you study in sessions of 45 minutes with a 15 minute break between sessions so that you don’t wear out during the day. Make those 15 minutes memorable each time by doing something you enjoy, not just lying on the couch and checking your phone. For example, sit outside during your break to breathe some fresh air, take a walk around the block, play with your pet or talk to some friends. Remember to stick to your 15 minutes and return to your books after the break.
2. Find a study-buddy.One of the things why we dread studying for the last exams is because we have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), because some of our friends might already have holiday. There is inherently a feeling that you might miss out on certain fun activities that your friends are doing. Find a friend that has the same dreaded exam they have to study for and create a study group. Ensure that this study group only contains highly motivated people, the kind of friends who will encourage you to study and not decrease your motivation.
3. Minimise distractions.When you need to study for that last exam, distractions seem to be everywhere! If you usually study with your phone nearby or the TV on in the background, you are more likely not to remember new information. During studying for the last exam you will be even more tempted to check your phone to see what everyone is up to. Rather put your phone in a different room from the one you study, put the TV off and focus on your studies.
4. Schedule your temptations.Instead of wishing you could be doing something else while you need to study, write down the activities you really want to do once the exam is over and schedule it in your diary. Therefore you will be less tempted to do it while you need to study, because you know you will do it as soon as you are done with exams. For example, if there is a series you love to watch or want to start watching, write in your diary that you will binge-watch the series the very first day of holiday. Do this for every activity or temptation that comes into your head.
5. Review your goals.One of the most effective ways to bring your mind back to the reality of exams is to review your goals. How badly do you still want a distinction in Life Sciences? Do you want to be in the top ten academic performers in your grade? What are your goals? Review them and recommit yourself to study so that you can reach your goals.
The last few exams are always the hardest to study for – but learn to finish strong. Finish your exam cycle with determination and perseverance. Don’t give up right before the finish line. Dan Green said, “Regardless of what came before or what has yet to come, what matters most right now is how I choose to respond to the challenge before me. Will I lie down or will I fight? The choice is mine and I choose to finish strong.”
Let us know how you plan on staying motivated for the last exam and share this with a friend who also needs a little motivation.