There is a period in every student’s life when all they want is to sleep and all they know is that spot in the library where they can find their peace and quiet. The exams at the end of the year are definitely a demanding and intense period in terms of the activities required from students.

Any student can vividly remember those days, after all, everyone went through it. After a few hours of sleep, a hot shower and a quick breakfast, all that is left is to go to the supermarket, get some fuel (usually sweets and chips) and get started on preparation for the upcoming exam(s). It is called routine and it is definitely easy to put up with in the first week. However, try four weeks of routine study and you may feel like climbing the walls, anything will become a distraction.

What students do not know is that any intellectual effort requires an intellectual break as well and sleep isn’t it. The human mind needs distractions so whether it is one or two episodes on the TV or a good hour of playing squash, that forces the brain to focus on something else other than the large amount of text needed to be memorised.

You should think of studying and revising as a full time job. Any more than 8 hours per day of studying (somehow spread across the day) is called cramming. You would be trying too much and the risk of your mind going blank should not to be ignored. Try to find the best time for you to study and then time yourself: 50 minutes of studying, 10 minutes of break.

It is better to know a few topics fully and correctly, than remembering only vague ideas of all topics. Therefore, after feeling satisfied with the work done for that day, you could better turn you attention to lunch/dinner, spoil yourself with a good movie, go for a jog in the park, go shopping or any activity that you particularly enjoy.

Now at least you won’t be sleeping, eating and revising, you can also add some spice to your daily activities. Good luck with your exams!

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