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MILPARK BUSINESS SCHOOL: TIPS FOR STUDYING DURING WINTER

Why would you need tips for studying during winter?

The days are getting shorter and the air colder. With winter around the corner, it is not uncommon to want to block out the world, stay in bed all day, eat comfort food and watch series. The thing is: winter is exam season so hibernation is not an option for students! Whether it is your midterms or final course exams, it is important to maintain a healthy body and mind so that you can succeed and achieve good results. Beat the winter blues and make the most out of your winter study time with the following tips.

TIPS FOR STUDYING THIS WINTER:

Tip #1: Study at your most effective study time

Figure out what time of day you absorb information better. Do this by studying at different times each day and reflect on which time allowed you to take in more information.

Remember that the days are shorter and darker during winter so try to get used to it and enjoy the sun when it is out. Besides improving your mood, the sun is a source of Vitamin D, which helps to regulate your immune system.

Tip #2: Know your learning type and style

A variety of tools and techniques can help you to find out what kind of learner you are. You can also read this article to find out your intelligence type and how to study for it.

The most important thing is to find a way to accommodate your learning style. This may mean buying a large supply of herbal tea, creating a set of flashcards or decorating your bedroom with lecture notes. If something helps you absorb information quicker and it improves your understanding, stick to it. This way you will not feel as though you are being forced to do something you do not want, meaning you can study more effectively.

Tip #3: Maintain proper posture while studying

This is often forgotten not only while studying but throughout our daily routines. Whether you study sitting at a desk or on a couch, always make a conscious effort not to slouch!

If you study at a desk, align your back with the back of the chair. This will help you to not slouch. If you feel that your shoulders are moving forward and are not straight, push them back and sit up straight. This will not only help your overall posture but will also lessen the risk of contracting back pain, which is definitely not ideal while studying or writing an exam.

Tip #4: Do not scare yourself

Tests and exams are created to test your knowledge of a particular subject as well as to examine how well you manage your time. They are not created to stress you out and drive you towards a nervous breakdown. Remember to stop every once in a while and think what exactly it is that a lecturer would want to know about their particular course. Whatever happens, never lose motivation.

Another easy trick: divide up your work and distribute it evenly in your timetable. Simply jot down smaller tasks over a longer period of time, for example, ‘make theory flash cards’ and, ‘complete chapter 10 review questions’.  This way you are less likely to get stressed out when going over every day’s work.

Tip #5: Get your sleep

Our bodies automatically feel more tired during the winter season due to our increased desire for warmth and comfort. This is not an excuse to sleep all day and procrastinate (read Ways to Beat Procrastination if this one of your downfalls), it merely means that you need to keep your energy levels up. The ideal number of hours to sleep each night is between 8 and 9 during winter (for a student studying for exams).

However, it is important to take your overall sleeping patterns into account. If you usually only sleep six hours a night, then stick to that. The important thing is to maintain a regular schedule. Rather make alterations to your daily schedule that will allow you to not compromise your sleep and avoid naps during the day.

Tip #6: Eat healthy

This is often the most dreaded tip but it really is important to stay healthy while studying.

We know that the instinct is to order a pizza (delivered to your door), as it not only satisfies our need for yummy comfort food but it is also the quick and easy option. As tempting as this may be, remember that the more vitamins and minerals you put into your body, the more nutrients it will have to function efficiently, meaning more fuel for your brain!
Consider preparing meals in advance to help with time management and stock up on fruits to snack on while you study.

Tip #7: Exercise

Make sure that your study schedule allows time for exercise. Exercise gives your body and mind a break from the books, assists with circulation, and improves your fitness. If you do not belong to a gym, go for a walk with a friend or participate in a community soccer match. Be interactive on your student notice board or Facebook page and find other ways to relax your mind.

At the end of the day, the winter season will come and go like the seasons before it. The main thing to remember is to work harder and study smarter. You’ll be surprised – this winter may be one of the most productive seasons you’ve ever had!

Article issued by Milpark Business School



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