I would just like to take this moment to thank Sikhumbuzo Nkabinde for being a great guest writer these past few Mondays for #MONDAYMOTIVATION. He’s such a natural with sharing inspirational pieces that I’m tempted to permanently give him this platform to continue inspiring us with his profound knowledge. Again Mr Nkabinde, thank you so much!
Today on #MONDAYMOTIVATION I would like to just wish everyone who is writing their finals goodluck on their papers. You’ve worked very hard throughout the year and now you’ve reached the final lap of the race. Though I’m sure we can all agree that final papers can be a bit tricky as you have no clue what to focus on or how to go about preparing for your paper. Here are a few tips on how you can ensure you’re on your A game.
WORK OUT A STUDY SCHEDULE
It’s always good to have a general idea of how your days building up to your paper will look. Not only will it help you to avoid distractions that have nothing to do with your finals but it will help you spend more time on covering all the chapters that are needed for your final paper
FIND A GOOD PLACE TO STUDY
I know a couple of people who aren’t a fan of libraries because they find them too quiet. The loud silence and sound of paper turning… The plan here is to find a place that’s not too noisy to the point where you can’t hear yourself think. And trying to study on your bed is never a good idea!
FIGURE OUT YOUR STUDY STYLE
Everyone has different styles of learning that works for them. Some are visual, some aural, social or verbal. I’m more of a visual person so I use visual aids in order to have a pictorial representation of what I’m studying. I find it’s easier for me to remember when I study that way. So find what works for you and stick to it
It’s very tempting to turn to junk food when you study, especially when your mind wonders off and you start thinking you’re hungry. Though eating junk at this time isn’t quite a good idea. Healthy eating = healthy mind, so eat your greens and exercise.
2hour breaks after 1hour of studying to catch up on episodes of your favourite series isn’t taking a break. That is just wasting time, time that you don’t have. Take a power nap, a walk, listen to music or anything to help you unwind but don’t spend too much time on it. There will be plenty of time go crazy on all those things after finals.
Switch off your phone, put your laptop away, tell your friends you’ll be M.I.A for a while and be on Focus Mode. I know it might be a little hard. I mean staring at the wall and everything else feels more fun when you have to study.
LOOK THROUGH PAST PAPERS
If you don’t have any past papers for the modules that you’re studying for I would highly recommend that you get them. Not only do past papers help you get an idea of how questions will be asked but you may find that most of the questions on the papers pop up in your final paper. Trust me, you’ll thank me later
FORM STUDY GROUPS
This mostly work for those who are able to study with other people, I personally can’t. I find it distracting, unless it’s for a practical. People from your study group may help you understand certain things better by explaining in a way that makes better sense to you. You might also be able to remember better as the type of studying will mostly be in the form of conversations shared.