I’ve been studying a lot lately, and the exam pressure’s been very high. Since all I’ve been doing is studying, I decided to write a day in the study life of Anna post. This post also has exam pressure tips, tips for studying and more. Soooo let’s get started!
My Study Routine
On days I have online classes, my study routine would be different to when I decide to do self-study. On online school days, my routine goes something like this:
- 9:00- Log onto classes, tick attendance
- 9:05- If there are any live lessons, I tune into those. TIP: Even if your lessons/lectures are recorded, attend them real-time. This helps you keep track of your schedule.
- 9:40- After a lesson/lecture, I study the subject by myself, or I finish some assignments. To help better manage my time, if on my regular school timetable I have history, then I complete my history assignments. If I have maths, I do maths and so on.
- 10:10- BREAK!!!! I either continue finishing my assignments, or most of the time I go outside (into my living room) to just chill, and sometimes have brunch.
- 10:30- Back in lessons. Attend a lecture, and clarify any doubts
- 11:10- Assignments/ self study of timetabled subjects
- 11:50- 10 min break. I relax my eyes, and take 10 mins off devices. Sometimes I listen to music, or I listen to a short bit of a religion podcast(I’m Hindu by the way, if you were wondering)
- 12:00- Attend a lecture. Again.
- 12:40 – Self study. This time it’s any work I actually need to finish. From different classes which aren’t related to core subjects. Most of the time I work on agriculture, art or music.
- 1:20- LUNCH BREAK!! I take some time to go watch an episode of my fav tv show, and also to have lunch(well, duh Anna)
- 2:10- Online Lesson
- 2:50- Wrap up for the day, clean my desk and my room etc.
- 3:06- ( I know that’s really precise but it’s what time my school would end if I was on campus) School ends!!
That’s what my average study weekday would look like. On weekends, I give myself some leniency, but if I have exams, then NOT so much. Here is what my typical weekend study routine would look like:
- 12:00- Self study( before 12, I have a looooong dance class, and then I have brunch)
- 2:30- Finish self study
- 5:30- ( in between I watch a movie) finish hw/assignments
It’s really short, but as I said, I give myself a lot of leniency on the weekends, and other than if I’m cramming for exams, this is what my routine would look like. Next comes my top tips for managing exam pressure. Managing exam pressure is really important because the mores stressed you are about something, the less likely you are to do well in it.
Dealing With Exam Pressure
Exam pressure is a really, really common thing that nearly everyone has experienced. So, you’re not the only one! I’ve been writing a lot more exams recently, and the pressure’s also been very high. But luckily, I have a mental health and well being class in school which is compulsory for every student to attend, and I’ve learnt a lot of really useful techniques in that class. So I’m going to share them with you!
Our teacher said that for managing exam pressure, the first thing you need to do is have a calm atmosphere around you. You can use the calmness to compose yourself, and just breathe. Also focus on the positives. One aspect of exam pressure, and don’t get me wrong, it’s not always this way, but one aspect is parent pressure.
I know that a lot of my friend’s parents (we’re from an academically selective school, grades are important) unknowingly put a lot of pressure on my friends. They don’t mean to, but they end up doing it. While this may seem very stressful, your parents only want the best for you. TIP: Choose a time where your parent/guardian is in a good mood, and just talk about your feelings. Negotiate, and tell them YOUR realistic expectations of your grades. Regularly fill them in on what’s happening at school, History is very hard, I need help with Maths etc. This way they will know what subjects you have trouble with and they can try to help/support you.
if your anxiousness is very high, you can try going to talk to the school counselor. Though I’ve never been to one, my friends have and they say that the counselors are very kind, helpful people who will really help you out of any situation. If you want your counselor visit to remain anonymous(though there’s nothing to be embarrassed about) you can request the counselor to keep it secret, and I’m sure they will agree. You can also try practicing yoga or meditation. I did this when I was writing a really important entrance exam, and it helped keep me grounded and composed.
For an effective study session, find a good study environment. This means that there is no one screaming where you are (yup, I’m talking about my sister), there aren’t any disturbances, and you can focus on your studying.
Don’t study and tire yourself until your brain hurts(this is something I learnt from personal experience). Figure out how you work best, short study sessions, or long study sessions. Take frequent breaks, and remember to eat healthy and keep hydrated.
If you want more info on how to manage your studying, you can read my other study advice post here.
That’s all for today, guys, but before you go, I have a tinnnyyyyy request. I’m planning to do a post where I bust common myths about Hinduism and answer any questions you guys might have, so if you have a question about Hinduism, you can comment below.
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