It feels like just yesterday it was the start of the new trimester, but it's already the last few weeks of the trimester. In just a few more weeks, it's finals. Can you believe it? I definitely didn’t see that coming. I know, time flies when we are busy , blah blah blah but it’s just way too fast and I am not physically or mentally prepared for this. Cut the chase, I know you guys aren’t prepared as well. How do I know? Duh, because I’m smart!
I understand how studying is difficult when you can’t even get the right motivation to LITERRALY open those notes and study. So here are some tips. Hope this works. You know what you should do? You should write them down, understand it and inculcate it into your mind.
1. Do not touch your phone.
This is the most important step. I repeat, THE MOST IMPORTANT. I understand that our smartphone has everything, from communication to connectivity, it’s right at your fingertips plus you even have a ‘friend’ to talk to (in case you are wondering, it’s SIRI), how are we possibly suppose to withstand the urge to not touch our phone?
Start off by posting up a status on Facebook and WhatsApp and telling everyone you want to study. Now place your phone away from the table, maybe in your cupboard or under your bed. Somewhere where you cannot see or hear your phone. Then start studying. Imagine that we are leaving in those times where Nokia was the only phone that existed. It’s that easy.
However, if putting your phone away doesn’t help, throw your phone out the window. No phone, no distraction. Same goes to your laptop. If you resist playing Dota, Counter Strike, FIFA or even watching an episode of pretty little liars, throw your laptop out of the window. Just throw and if your boyfriend or girlfriend doesn’t let you study, You know what you must do.
2. Think only about your syllabus
Now that we have eliminated the key problem that demotivates us to study, we have reached the next step which is to solely think about everything educational. Let it run in your thoughts about how square root has got anything to do with life. How that certain law could have been implemented when there is no reason of having it, How auditing may cause you to wind up in jail. Think about it.
Whether you are sleeping, eating, walking, driving, dating, smoking, chilling, keep on thinking about it. It should be the only thought that is on your mind. So when it's time to study, you can study. Everything else is not important. When you put into thought of all things education, you will be inclined to study and thus motivates you to study.
You may ask me, how does thinking only about the syllabus helps in motivating me to study? Well, take this as an example, I want you to think about food, your favourite food. Be it nasi lemak, chicken rice or banana leaf meal, just keep thinking of it. Eventually you will feel the hunger, and now you will want to eat. See, just by simply thinking about it, you want it done. So same goes with studying.
3. Have a proper diet
Having a proper diet is essential when it comes to studying for finals. Make sure you have everything there is in the food pyramid. Let me start from the bottom layer of the pyramid. ‘The Must Eat Layer’. You have to have a proper amount of chicken chop, lamb chop, McDonalds and KFC. Next, is the ‘Never Forget this layer’. This layer is usually for desserts after makan. From Secret Recipe’s chocolate indulgence cake or Red Velvet cake to chocolate pudding. You must have them. The top layer of the food pyramid is ‘Have to layer’. This layer, however, is the most important layer where the more you eat, the better it is. Examples of food in this layer is Kinder Bueno, Cadbury, Twisties, Chuppa Chuppa lollipop.
My advice is that you keep all this food near your table. Arrange them nicely. For each chapter that you completed, No no, I mean, for each slide that you completed, treat yourself to one packet of m&m's. Okay ?
So, there you have it. Tips on studying for finals and with these wonderful tips, I wish you good luck for your final examination. Disclaimer, Author is not liable for any consequences.
By Christy Chitham