CREATE A LIGHT, AIRY STUDY ENVIRONMENT – think about the hours you spend in your room or where you study. Ie: Bedroom, library, friends place, sunroom?
Is it conducive to productive thinking?
SUMMARISE & HIGHLLIGHT WORK OF IMPORTANCE – allow enough time to revise work. Highlighting, summarizing and using acronyms (abbreviations of concepts)
DISTRACTIONS – What are they? Eliminate them especially leading up to exam time.
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH YOUR STUDY STYLE – Know your best learning time, for some its early morning, for others its afternoons or evenings. Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate, rather, use the “down” time to exercise, have a snack, stretch or make a quick phone call. Try not to watch TV as it can take too much time away from you and it encourages procrastination.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER – keep a 1.5 litre bottle on your desk. Regular hydration leads to improved memory
BURN OILS – mandarin, rosemary are great essential oils proven to aid memory
EAT BRAIN FOODS & LIMIT COFFEE – bananas, nuts (walnuts) and grains, leafy greens, fish, eggs etc. Snack on almonds and raisins, fruit toast and fruit. Try not to eat too late and limit coffee to mornings.
STRESS BUSTING – take 10 minutes to ground and center yourself before study. Use meditation and visualisation techniques or use whatever works best.
ADEQUATE BREAKS – Do something different. Take your mind away. Exercise for 30 minutes, have a snack, play with the dog, meditate. Every 1.5 hrs we need to take our minds away from the tasks at hand. This way when we return to study, we are better able to concentrate and absorb the information.
SLEEP – Sleep is important. Get plenty of it. The more you worry and cram, the worse off you will be. Being organized is essential when throwing yourself into an intense learning environment. Try not to burn the candle at both ends. You need at least 7 – 10 hours sleep for your mind and body to fully relax and “recharge” itself. Avoid stimulants before bed.
BACH FLOWER OR BUSH FLOWER ESSENCES are called for in times of stress and change. They are proven to have calming effects as does camomile tea and valerian. Natural remedies work well and encourage your inherent responsibility to look after yourself.