Aspiring accountants are sure to be in full study mode in preparation for their up-coming exam at the end of January. Whilst some find it very easy to sit down and study, others find themselves becoming constantly distracted or unable to escape the strong grip of procrastination. When it comes to the all-important Board exam, there’s really no room for procrastination or half-hearted studying.
Aspiring accountants are sure to be in full study mode in preparation for their up-coming exam at the end of January. Whilst some find it very easy to sit down and study, others find themselves becoming constantly distracted or unable to escape the strong grip of procrastination. When it comes to the all-important Board exam, there’s really no room for procrastination or half-hearted studying. Here are five tips that will help you stay focused and alert while you’re studying for one of the biggest exams of your life.
Set yourself goals
It’s no secret that studying can get boring at times and once boredom sets in, it makes it increasingly difficult to focus. Instead you’ll find yourself daydreaming and procrastinating which means very little work will get done. If you set study goals for yourself, you’ll be working towards something which will hopefully give you drive, motivation and above all, focus. There are few things better than that feeling of accomplishment you feel when you complete a task or reach a goal, and it should be that good feeling that spurs you on to knuckle down and get to work.
A study timetable is key
Plotting out what needs to be done daily during study time can help you manage your time better and maximise the time you have to hit the books. Prioritising what needs to be done when, will ensure that you get those very important things covered first instead of panicking later on because you’ve left those until the eleventh hour. When you’re making your study timetable bear in mind when during the day you’re at your most productive and schedule the most difficult things for then. Guaranteed you’ll learn better and faster when you’re at your best.
Environment is EVERYTHING
There’s no way you’ll be able to focus and study in an environment that is not conducive to it. Choose a quiet, well-lit place to study and one that is free from all distractions (like the TV, radio, computer and any other forms of technology that can lure you away from your work). Make sure you keep your chosen space tidy and clutter free – have only the things you need like stationery, textbooks etc. Mess and disorganisation can only lead to distraction. Also getting up to go and look for things you need to help you while studying can compromise your concentration which you may then struggle to get back.
Get a study partner
Like with exercise, having someone to study with can help keep you motivated and focused. You can encourage each other and it is especially helpful when you study with someone who is in the same boat as you. You will both be familiar with the work and can often bring certain things to the other’s attention that perhaps they would have missed without you pointing it out. Make sure you choose someone who is similar to you in terms of their study methods and in their understanding of the work that needs to be covered – you don’t want to make studying more of a struggle than it has to be.
Breaks are necessary
Sure you have lots to get through, but spending hours and hours studying can ultimately end up being futile. The last thing you want is to burn out and end up not absorbing as much information as you could have should you have taken things slower. Breaks are important because they give your brain the chance to digest all the information you’ve introduced, but they also give you the opportunity for a change of scenery or to grab a snack which will up those energy levels. Taking regular study breaks can help you perform better and study for longer. Also make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night too as well as regular exercise.
Studying is a challenge especially for those people who become easily distracted. There are long hours, high levels of stress and huge amounts of pressure. Essentially, it’s a lesson in self-discipline. The more you plan your study approach though, the more likely you are to achieve what you want during your studies. The most important thing is to take it all in your stride, do what you can and give yourself adequate time to get everything done that you’d like. Good luck to all those writing at the end of the month.
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