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Effective Ways To Stop Cramming And Study Properly

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Effective Ways To Stop Cramming And Study Properly

We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. We turn our heads to look at the clock and notice it’s 11 PM. Our exams are tomorrow and we’ve still got a couple of pages to go. The next thing you know, you’ve started chatting with friends and listening to music, oblivious that the clock is ticking and so is your deadline. Next thing you know, it’s 3 AM and your exams start in less than 6 hours and you’ve not gone through a single page. All of the things you learned are suddenly gone and you start to panic. Freaking YIKES! Should you have a cram sesh ASAP? NO, because:

Cram Studying Doesn’t Work Anymore

You’ve probably tried to cram your study into a single night before and you’ve probably tried your best to get it to work. Perhaps it’s successful and you swear by cram studying from there on, but here’s actually what happens when you do that and why cramming doesn’t work very well:

  • Your brain doesn’t remember everything on the page, only specific things. Think of cramming as a glorified way of skimming through a text or page; you’ll pick up a few things, but without learning the entire subject or section it’s going to be hazy.
  • You only remember specific things because of how your memory works. However, all you’re doing is remember certain bits of information and pictures—you haven’t actually learned anything. When the time comes to recall that information, you’re going to be completely oblivious to it.
  • Cramming isn’t actually studying or learning, it’s just a way to remember things for a short amount of time. If you’re serious about a subject, cramming won’t help you learn.

So how do I become a better studier, you might ask? Like this:

Effective Ways to Study and Learn Properly

Now that we’ve established what cramming actually does, let’s look at real ways to study:

Ask yourself if you love the subject you’re studying: If you don’t actually enjoy the subject that you’re studying, then you’re going to have a hard time learning anything. If possible, question yourself if you want to study the subject on a long-term basis. If you don’t, then consider switching that subject out for something else.

Break up a subject into easy-to-digest parts: Trying to take on too much information is a bad idea. Learn a section, take a break, quiz yourself, then move on to the next. You want to try and break up a subject into small parts so that it’s much easier to work on and comprehend.

Test yourself with flashcards and quizzes: As mentioned above, quizzing yourself is a fantastic way to recall things and test yourself. Try creating some study flashcards and testing yourself after each section that you study.

Improve your focus: There are many ways to improve your focus. First, start by removing any distractions and put on some relaxing music with no lyrics. Then, consider looking for the best Nootropic stack for studying. Supplements are designed to assist you with various things in life, and studying and improving concentration is no exception.

Get enough sleep: If you aren’t well-rested, then your mind is going to have a hard time focusing. Try and get enough sleep so that your brain is prepared for any upcoming homework challenges.

Take regular breaks, but don’t procrastinate: It’s important to take a proper study break to let your mind cool down between topics and suggestions. If you have to, take an entire day off when it’s close to your exam to give yourself time to rejuvenate and relax.

Hopefully, these tips have given you some insight on how you can improve your studying. Cramming doesn’t work as well as actual studying, so try and practice some new study methods if you’re serious about your schooling!

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Take A Study Break: This Is How You Do It!

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Take A Study Break: This Is How You Do It!

I’m sure that many of us remember the pressure of studying for exams and I know that many of you will be doing just that right now. No matter if it’s university, college, or high school exams, they all bring with them the same pressure and tension.

It is so important to keep things in perspective at this time and to recognize signs of extreme stress in ourselves and in others. If things are really getting you down, then it is time to reach out and get the professional help that you need. If you just need some well-deserved rest and relaxation, turn-off the laptop, close up the books, and put the lids back on the highlighter pens for an afternoon or an evening. Here are some ideas on how you can relax after a major cram session:

Feed Your Body And Your Spirit:

When we are revising, we are all guilty of grabbing a snack here or there and all of our meals tend to be rushed because we feel under pressure to get back to our books. If we are sensible, those snacks will be something healthy such as fruit or nuts or we may crave the sugar rush of a candy bar (yum!). Taking some time to plan and prepare a lovely meal is good for your body and for your spirit. The process of focusing on a recipe and creating a meal calms our frazzled nerves and stress levels will fall.

Choose a meal that is quite complex and has several courses so that it requires your undivided attention. This is very therapeutic, as it stops your brain from jumping around from one thought to another. Make sure that it is packed with nutrients that your brain needs. Oily fish and dark green vegetables are perfect for a post study meal.

Lose Yourself In A Movie Night:

For the best movie night, you need to set the scene. Make yourself comfortable on the sofa, surrounded by all of the drinks and snacks that you could ever want (the more the merrier, I always say). If you have a cat or dog that you can plonk on your lap, it is even better – but they don’t always cooperate, do they? Now, pull up http://www.netflixupdate.com/4k-movies-on-netflix-list/ and put together a list of movies that will grab your attention and hold it for a few hours. You want all of the thoughts of exams, papers, and studying to be banished from your mind as you get lost in the plot. This will act like a spring-clean for your brain and give it time for all of your studies to settle into your long term memory. By the next day, you will be refreshed and ready for more.

Look After Your Body:

It is so easy to forget about our bodies when our brains are doing all of the work. You have to remember that if your body goes downhill, then your brain will too. Get outside, whatever the weather. Your body needs some sunlight to produce Vitamin D. When you get back in, do some gentle yoga or Pilates and then treat yourself to a long hot bath. Light some candles or incense, play some music, and take a little breather to clear your mind and relax.

Studying can be a total pain, but straight A’s for days will make your efforts totes worth it and your summer break well deserved!

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Bath & Body Works January Freebie

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Bath & Body Works January Freebie

Hi everyone and TGIF! First things first, before we start to discuss my Bath & Body Works January Freebie, I have to mention my all star student status. I’m writing this as I take a homework break and I had the most terrifying test taking scenario ever that I managed to overcome…

I was taking a timed test and less than half way through, I realized that I really had to go to the bathroom. I mean it was bad. I couldn’t just walk away from the test though, so I did what any normal person would do…squirm around in my seat, speed through the test as quickly as possible, and leave the grade up to fate. Despite this major bathroom set back, your girl still managed to get a 100!! HOLLER. #starstudent #selfcontrol #blessed

ANYWAYS, now that we got that important announcement out of the way, let’s talk freebies! Just about every month, I get a coupon from Bath & Body Works for a free travel sized product to add to my hoard. Thanks to a shopping trip this week with my sister, I scored my January freebie which was a travel sized lotion of their scent A Thousand Wishes.

I always really enjoy my monthly trip to B&BW to snag my freebie and I have to say, I love the scent that I picked out. A Thousand Wishes is a super sweet holiday scent with hints of cranberry and vanilla that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve always been fond of cranberry fragrances – I live for The Body Shop’s seasonal cranberry scent, so I was pleased to find this cranberry infused goodie from B&BW. I like that A Thousand Wishes has an aroma that’s very soft and subtle because if there’s one thing that Lil Red hates, it’s an overpowering fragrance. And can we talk about how cute the packaging is?! LOVE.

Thanks to my B&BW freebie coupons, I’ve been able to have monthly sweet treats for myself and who doesn’t love that? I’ve also been able to avoid the awkwardness of not giving a gift to someone who got me a present this holiday season. I was simply able to put together a little something from my collection and be on my merry way without being labeled as a non-gift giving asshat. Thank you, Bath & Body Works! 😉

To get monthly freebies of your own, simply put in your email address or phone number next time you make a purchase at Bath & Body Works to get some coupons sent your way. You can also do some shopping and enter in your email address on their website! To keep the B&BW coupons coming, make sure you enter your email address or phone number each time you make a purchase or cash in a freebie coupon to keep all of your information up to date. You’ll be glad you did once you have a nice little hoard of your own!

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So there you have it, my Bath & Body Works January Freebie! What stores give away the best coupons or freebie items? What is your favorite B&BW scent? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah