If the heat, fatigue and the desire to leave prevent from concentrating, pay attention to these tips to study in summer and pass your exams
We associate summer with fun, beach, friends and tons of time to do what we want. However, university students travel this time of year from another place because they usually have to study for the February exams.
We know that it is difficult to concentrate on the beautiful days but it is necessary that you generate a study routine if you want to approve. Apply these tips to study in summer and learn to balance your life to enjoy the holidays.
1. Buy stationery items that you like
Having something new that you love to use to study is a way to maintain enthusiasm even on suffocating days. Set aside a small budget to go through the paper shops in your neighborhood to acquire materials that inspire you, such as a pack of highlighters, post-it notes of different colors, paper clips or make your own bookmarks.
Even if your budget is higher, you can get a fun agenda that you use only to organize the summer study, some come with slogans to make during breaks.
2. Generate a dream routine
In summer we usually go to bed and get up later, but if you have to study it is counterproductive to guide you by parameters that do not fit your study schedules. Set the alarm clock on your cell phone so that it sounds at the same time from Monday to Friday, taking as a reference around 8 in the morning. In this way, you can go to bed at 12 o’clock at night and still sleep 8 hours a day. It is a good fit for a self-generated schedule free of classes and transfers.
3. Drink water and eat light
As simple as it sounds, if the human being should take an average of two liters of water per day, in summer it is necessary to increase that amount to be hydrated. Have a bottle on hand to drink while you study and do not forget to eat light foods such as white meat, fruits, vegetables, jellies, creams, cereals or ice cream. A barbeque loaded at noon is not a good option on a hot day if you have to immerse yourself in books and notes.
4. Arming a timetable table
It is essential that you organize your study schedules because classes are no longer part of the itinerary and total freedom can affect your times when you are unprepared. Balance leisure with study because after all, it’s still summer and your mind needs to relax to face the year with renewed energy.
The worksheets in Excel are great when organized, you can use different colors to highlight breaks. Try to allocate the same hours of study for each day, prioritizing the morning and night because they are the less hot moments.
5. Specify your activities in the schedule
Instead of putting together a table with generalities like “studying math on Monday”, try modifying the schedule weekly so that you have concrete goals to meet. An example of them is “doing exercises for topics 2 and 3 of mathematics between 8:30 and 1:00 pm on Monday”.
Try to release weekends and Friday nights to focus your efforts on the rest of the week, so you can enjoy a well-deserved vacation, even in small doses.
6. Plan rest periods
Even during your fixed schedule schedule, you will need to rest to keep your mind fresh and maximize your absorption capacity. I measured your capacity for concentration to act on it, taking into account that a long period of attention (2.5 hours) requires 30 minutes of rest. Usually people maintain a concentration for 1 or 1.5 hours, so the rest will be less.
Use that space to close your eyes, walk or enjoy your reward when you have completed a goal. Try to accommodate the schedule so that there are no more than two groups for the day, for example, between 8:30 and 1:00 pm it could be the first period and the second one, between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm: 30, so the heat does not disturb your concentration.
7. Raise awareness about your environment
I asked your parents to try not to call you at a certain time and explain to your younger siblings why it is important for you to save that test or course so they understand why they should not bother you at certain times.
You can share your study schedules in your WhatsApp group of friends to avoid communicating with you at that time, so that the proximity of the cell phone is not a problem. Use the same method with your partner or negotiate to see each other during periods of study.
8. Prepare the materials before you start
I went through your room to find all the necessary elements as soon as you start your day. Pencils, markers, books, scattered exercises, blank sheets for schemes or any material you need to be ready to use before you dive into the studio, so you will not get distracted by looking for them later.