Whether you are taking the baccalaureate exams or preparing for high school or college entrance exams, make a plan of all the activities you are going to do in the last days until each individual exam. You must respect the hours of sleep and relaxation, adopt a diet rich in energizers for the brain and take breaks of 10 minutes every 2 hours of learning.
How do you organize yourself?
To start right, you need to set up a program in which you can go over as many details as possible about the subject: content, number of pages, difficulty. After you have planned your coursework, based on how much you know you can remember, you need to consider two more things.
When do you memorize better and faster, in the morning or in the evening? In addition, it is recommended not to exceed 8-10 hours of studying per day.
Last but not least, you have to create a work environment to your liking. You will spend a lot of time studying, so you need an environment that will maintain your energy, not exhaust you.
Well, the TV has no place in the study room. Get rid of all the papers and useless objects that can distract you. You need quality lighting, the light maintains your energy for learning.
The work desk must be placed in an area that attracts positive energy, say feng-shui specialists. The ideal desk position when studying is facing the exit of the room, with a wall behind the desk. Opening to the door releases optimism, positive thinking. He also moves the desk to the farthest corner of the room, to “feed” the need for space.
During the period in which we apply ourselves, it is necessary to “feed” our brain as a priority. Nutritionist Corina Zugravu recommends eating fish, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, essential for the proper functioning of cognitive functions. And chocolate is good, because of the caffeine content, which increases alertness, but don’t overdo it. Two chocolate squares a day are enough, according to the nutritionist.
Also, bananas have magnesium and vitamin B6, ideal for memory. Sunflower seeds and nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.) should be included in the diet before the exam, because they have lecithin and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Don’t forget to drink water, at least 2 liters a day. A dehydrated body also means a poorly oxygenated brain.
Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast, even if you study better at night and prefer to sleep in the morning. In the first part of the day, consume whole grains, because they provide energy and improve the ability to concentrate. Before exams, focus on foods rich in carbohydrates, such as whole grain pasta, rice, and eat dried fruits, for example nuts, hazelnuts, raisins.
They are important sources of energy, calm and help the memory. Mandatory during exams are fruits and vegetables, which contain magnesium, an ally in the fight against stress. Fill the fridge with spinach, broccoli, soybeans, bananas, avocados and all kinds of seeds and nuts.
Ideally, the 3 main meals should be respected, with the 2 snacks between meals, and the last meal should be taken at least two hours before going to bed, in order to help the digestion process.
Careful: Before the exam, DO NOT try to get rid of your emotions by taking a calming rescue pill. This can decrease the ability to concentrate and physical resistance and can cause drowsiness and dizziness. Also, try not to drink more coffee than you normally drink, so as not to overwork and exhaust your body before the exam.
Make your emotions your ally
Positive or negative, emotions can greatly influence the results of life’s most important tests. It is absolutely natural for emotions to appear and it is also healthy, as they release adrenaline and energy. Some help morale and “promise” him rewards at the end. Once the message is received, the memory is reactivated and, at the same time, energy and concentration power are stimulated.
Study with the thought that you will succeed
Many times, before the exams we sabotage ourselves with assumptions related to how hard the tests will be. And then, without realizing it, we make our learning process complicated and stressful, explains psychologist Lena Rusti. If we focus on what we have to learn and think positively, the chances of excellent results are very high. Here are the recommendations of our psychologist:
1. Do not think about the exam itself and do not try to convince yourself that it will be difficult. The more you develop catastrophic scenarios, the more you complicate your mission. Train with maximum concentration and do not deviate too much from the subject and the things that need to be learned.
2. Establish rational steps to progress each day. The daily progress will encourage you along the way and give you a sense of control, implicitly giving you real chances for a good result in the exam.
3. Try not to leave everything for the last minute. Many people outbid luck for the last days. In this way, if they succeed, they feel superior to others, boasting that they succeeded, even though they did not learn half the time others did. If they don’t take the exam, it’s OK, they have an excuse: others prepared a lot, unlike them. A realistic assumption of the time required for learning leads to real chances for a good result.
4. Make schemes with rational explanations to help you memorize everything faster. Logical learning develops thinking more and the information is kept in the long term, unlike learning by heart, which is often forgotten at the end of the term or after the exam.
5. Allow yourself to lose. The more important the exam seems, the greater the stress. Paradoxically, if you allow yourself to see the exam as an important one, and do everything to take it, but also assume your own limits, then you can allow yourself to fully commit to this exam, but the energy not be used in a harmful way to prevent you from learning.