How to keep focused in the run up to exams
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During exam time, sleep can become an impossible endeavour, while nutritional diets are scrapped for take-out and we choose to stress at home over socialising with friends. This only makes the experience more stressful, especially as none of these things help you concentrate. In fact, they often lead to the complete opposite! Don’t worry though, as we’ve come up with a list of ways you can stop stressing and stay focused this exam season. 1. Stay away from social media A good way to do this is by hiding your phone, as you are unlikely to get much work done when it is constantly buzzing with texts and notifications. Even when it is silent, you can still be distracted by its presence as it promises an escape from work, with social media and internet allowing you to take pointless quizzes instead. Unfortunately, this is not always enough, as technology is often connected nowadays. Even if your phone is hidden, notifications can still pop up on your laptop screen, diverting your attention away from that important essay or book you were reading. It is best to sign out of your social media accounts just to be safe, at least until after your exams are over. 2. Work at times that are best for you There is no point sitting down and trying to work in the morning if you know that you will be tired and easily distracted. Similarly, it is foolish to leave work until the end of the day if you know that is when you get weary and your work ethic slips. Just because that time of day works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. Instead, choose to work at times when you know you will be at your peak performance. It is much better to get solid work done during the few hours that suit you rather than sit for an entire day disappointed with yourself because you didn't achieve much. For the majority of people, 12-4pm is the peak distraction time, with the brain especially unwilling to co-operate at 2pm. Meanwhile we handle tough cognitive work best in the late morning, as we have had a chance to shake off the drowsiness and eat.
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