Let’s face the facts, surviving exams isn’t the simplest task on the planet, but it can be if you know where to invest your time. Forget a fail and know your content with these handy facts, proven by none other than science itself, to help you survive yet another exam period at Deakin!
Cut the Cram
Remember that teacher in high school that constantly told you not to cram but you did it anyways, because well, life got in the way? It’s time to take their advice on board and finally cut the night before cram. We know this can be quite the task but motivation is key, alongside intervals between studying. Whether it’s 15 minutes study-5 minutes break or 30 minutes study-10 minutes break, distributing your learning not only helps long-term memory, but it makes us feel less guilty for checking the gram every so often.
Don’t let the books completely dominate your life, cardio is another key to surviving exams and is proven to improve your memory after just 20 minutes. Crank the DUSA Spotify (@DUSA) and dance around the house, go for a jog or take your puppy for a walk to not only get some fresh air but increase your energy and reduce stress during such a stressful time! You’ll thank us later…
Fill the Tum
If you’re a brekky skipper, exam day is not the day to be saying no to toast, eggs or even a bowl of cereal. We’re talking about consuming high-carb, high-fibre foods that keep you full for a long time and content for the entirety of your exam. When you study, your brain consumes glucose so stopping for a cheeky snack every so often is beneficial and can make a significant difference to your end result!
Change the scenery
If you’ve been looking at the same four walls in your bedroom or the same pin-up board in the library, shake it up and change your scenery! The brain makes associations between studying and background sensations, so taking your studies into a different environment may have more impact than you realise. Hit up the local coffee shop now that you can again, sit in the park or find a study buddy. The opportunities are endless.
Ditch any distractions
Whether you opt for texting over the textbook or watching your fave show on the television, those who have background noise or distractions are less likely to retain information. If you like to listen to music whilst you study, we suggest sticking to something soft and subtle to compliment your focus.
All-Nighter No Go Zone
According to Pamela Thatcher, a Professor of Psychology at the University of St Lawrence located in New York, all nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days. In addition to this, all-nighters interfere with your rapid-eye movement which aids your memory, resulting in less information retrained. So say goodbye to the all-nighters and pre-plan your studies to get the good sleep you want, need and deserve!
Follow these facts and we can assure you your exam results will reflect your effort! Go smash them and don’t forget to tag @YourDUSA on Insta and FB with all your study snaps!