Holidays are always an exciting time of the year and getting a much-needed break from school or college is a bonus…. Until you have to start thinking about the exams you have coming up soon after, that is.
Holidays can be quite a distracting time with plenty of party invites to RSVP to. While a break doesn’t necessarily mean you should abandon your studies completely, there is a way you can rest and not completely overdo it on the studying, but still achieve a lot.
Researchers say that those who rest and reflect on what they have learnt are more likely to do well than those who stay up all night furiously cramming.
Scientists have already established that resting the mind, as in daydreaming, boosts our memory and concentration levels. The University of Texas at Austin have found that people who used rest time to reflect on what they had learned earlier performed better in exams that those who learned everything later and did not reflect back.
“We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey, American philosopher and psychologist
Don’t punish yourself for taking small breaks over the holidays – you deserve it!
Research by the University of Illinois demonstrated that brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve your ability to focus on task. If you stay studying for hours on end, your performance will decline and you’ll have wasted a day that could potentially have been productive…and relaxing! Break your study sessions into 40-minute sessions and reward yourself with a ten or twenty-minute break in between.
If you find your concentration levels are declining, you’re having some trouble with a specific subject or the people around the house are distracting you, get some fresh air to clear your head. You may not know this, but science shows that the smells in fresh air bust stress and increase happiness, such as the scent of pine trees or freshly cut grass!
Stop by the local library for a change of environment to fit in your next study session. This will mean that you’ll return to the family house more relaxed as you’ll have crossed another chunk off your study to-do list.
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