Are You Ill-Prepared for Exams? Read This Quickly

Are You Ill-Prepared for Exams? Read This Quickly

Indeed, it is that time of year again when the strike of a gong will soon commence the commonly dreaded: exam season.

During this difficult time, you may find yourself spending countless hours studying without ceasing. Cramming before exam-ing, so they say (?)

Undoubtedly, this might be a nightmarishly hard time of the year due to your burning obsession to succeed. What’s more, this is especially true when given that you haven’t done as much revision in advance as you should have.

However, today I’m going to share with you a few key last-minute exam revision tips; these will help you use your time as effectively as time permits to cram those facts in your head!

The Fundamental Building Blocks of Effective Study

Now, let us establish that merely reading over information is—by far—a disappointingly inefficient learning strategy. After reading a 400-page textbook in one day, are you going to be able to memorise every little fact in it?

Evidently not, because learning is undeniably a more sophisticated process than that. Otherwise, everybody would be a professional learner!

So, what is the most efficient way to cram facts into your skull?

Last-minute exam revision involves cramming knowledge into your brain like it's a computer

Active recall and spatial repetition.

Saving you time whilst forcing your brain to learn, these two principles allow you to use your time optimally.

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How to Make a Daily Schedule for Yourself (for the Most Productivity)

How to Make a Daily Schedule for Yourself (for the Most Productivity)

What is the best way to order and organise your daily activities for the perfect, productive day? Find out in this article how to make a daily schedule for yourself to study more for longer.

If you’ve ever attempted to create a daily schedule for yourself, you might have wondered:

“Where do I start?”

Of course, you could simply start shoving study and other work into an empty time table template. Although, this merely achieves a disorderly day of randomly sequenced activities.

To illustrate, how much thought did you put into it? If there’s no strategy for making your daily plans, it’s highly doubtful that it’s effective and productive.

Scheduling twelve hours of consecutive work is undeniably ridiculous. Equally, picking the wrong balance as a student—too much studying what you already know, for instance—is detrimental.

Additionally, blindly blending activities together without a strategy may mean that you won’t stick to your daily schedule.

When sustainability is key, you can’t afford twelves hours of consecutive, focused studying every day.

In this article, I will reveal my strategy for how to make a daily schedule for yourself that you can actually stick to. Let’s begin with the morning!

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How Should You Prioritise Your Work as a Student?

How Should You Prioritise Your Work as a Student?

Is it really necessary to prioritise your work as a student? Don’t be silly—of course it certainly is!

After all, not all work has an equal impact on your life; look at the infamous 80/20 principle, for instance.

Why Is It Important to Prioritise Tasks?

The 80/20 rule suggests that—in almost every situation—20% of the possible work you can do will contribute to 80% of the success. Additionally, further ideas have sprung up, such as 5% of the work accounting for 50% of the outcome.

A diagram showing the 80-20 principle means you must prioritise your work as a student and use high-leverage tasks.
Do the least amount of work but maximise success with high-leverage tasks.

In short, though, here’s the key message: there are certain tasks that have significantly more impact.

So, if you can find those tasks and only spend your limited time on them, you’ll be unstoppable. This is because each minute of your day will be much more meaningful than if you committed to useless tasks.

Undoubtedly, this is an incredibly important concept to understand and use—especially with regard to your school life.

To demonstrate, you could apply this to your independent study and revision, albeit not homework and assignment as much. (For you see, homework and other assignments may require you use your time in a certain way, but not invariably.)

Stepping back a bit more, you could view your entire life as a list of both academic and personal work. In this case, you’re prioritising your work as a student as well as non-student.

Furthermore, what is your success—the idealised outcome? Is it academic, hence passing exams successfully? Or, rather, perhaps you’re thinking more about overall life success.

Regardless, the way to reach success is to prioritise your work both within and outside of academia.

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How to Stop Getting Carried Away in a Task and Delay It

How to Stop Getting Carried Away in a Task and Delay It

A Unique Type of Procrastination: Getting Carried Away in Work

Today, I’m going to show you an idea to help you stop getting carried away in almost any task. Wait, what? That’s right: stop reading that book, stop writing that essay, and stop doing your homework!

A workaholic staying in the office late after working hours
Don’t burn yourself out and respect your mental health.

Whilst attempting to end your procrastination, you might have stumbled upon the concept of “momentum”. In essence, this is what causes you to get carried away in work (in “the flow”).

In short, regular procrastination is due to the initial resistance of starting whatever task it is. However, once you do overcome that initial barrier, it becomes easier to continue working.

As indicated by homeostasis, humans—for the most part, at least—resist change. Learn more…

Of course, how long you can then hang onto a task depends on how often you practise doing unfavourable things; push yourself to do homework more frequently, and you slowly begin to accept it.

You may have overcome the initial procrastination, but what about the procrastination of stopping? That is to say, getting carried away so much that you resist stopping the task.

Also, note how this is a different way of looking at procrastination: when you just can’t stop getting carried away with something that will sabotage you. On the contrary, it’s typically seen as when you just can’t start an (intimidating) task.

I prefer the former since it is applicable to a wider range of scenarios.

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