Make it Easy for Yourself : 8 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Mind & Improve Your Focus!
1.Get organised: Organise your subjects. Have all the materials you need ready and accessible. Don’t lose time looking for your red pen or new copy book – it will frustrate you and by the time you are all set to get going you’ve lost half an hour and are now in a bad mood!! Develop a system that works for you, so that you can find what you need when you need it!
2. Plan Your Time: things can take longer than you think – plan in breaks. Use wall charts to map out your study & homework timetables!
3. Create the Right Study Environment: A tidy environment will ease your mind. Avoid background ‘noise’ that will add to your anxiety. If listening to music helps you, make sure it is easy listening and not high intensity!
4. Attend Your Classes: Avoid the temptation as exams loom to skip classes in favour of study. If you already have poor study technique, this will only reinforce it and add to feelings of isolation.
5. Get Clever with Your Study: Are you familiar with exam paper layouts and marking schemes? Get practising! You can download exam marking systems from www.examinations.ie or buy them in your school supply shop. If you haven’t got them already, don’t delay, get them today. As your revision work, look over past exam papers and answer questions or subject areas covered in class, time yourself and correct your answers.
6. Stay Connected with friends and family
7. Take Regular Guilt-Free Breaks: leave the books at home when you are ‘off’
8. Nourish Yourself:
a. Eat a Balanced Diet – get your 5 a day! Avoid fatty foods, excessive amounts of sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks. Always have breakfast!
b. SLEEP! Make sure you are getting your eight hours! Ideally be in bed before 11pm!
c. Take a Fish Oil Supplement to help improve concentration or multi-vitamin to boost your immune system
d. Monitor Caffeine intake – no more than 3 of coffee/tea cups per day. Caffeine makes you jittery!
e. Drink lots of Water – minimum 8 glasses per day
f. Take regular Exercise & Relaxation – Exam Buster is a great Stress Reliever!
g. Limit Nicotine & Alcohol – Official Energy Thieves. Ideally cut them out. They reduce your performance, concentration and memory. If you can’t cut them out, cut them down. Try switching from pints to bottles, drink water after each alcoholic drink and limit yourself to no more than three alcohol drinks in one evening - no more than once a week. Avoid spirits!
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