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Not taking breaks


  Talking amongst friends about how much you studied for yourupcoming assessment can often spur a panic attack. If the number ofhours which they studied for far exceeds yours, feelings ofinadequacy can stir within, as you question how sufficient yourpreparation really was. If so and so studied for x number of hoursmore than me, that must obviously mean they studied better than me,right? Wrong. Study sessions that go beyond 7 hours more often thannot point to a breach of the first cardinal rule of revising: takefrequent breaks. Without breaks, the point where none of thecontent is actually sinking in will always arise. Sure, you mayhave been reading for 10 hours straight, but can you actuallyremember what you read 6 hours ago? In fact, psychologists nowbelieve that the time that you spend between sessions is key toremembering that all-important information: the longer, thebetter!


  Getting distracted too easily


  Whether it be our iPhones, our tablets or PCs – we are allguilty of being glued to a digital device of some sort. In fact,there is a palpable emptiness that we feel with the absence of the‘ting tings’ of our phones and the sounds of the TV making its wayaround the house. However, though this may prove to be the hardestthing to do, getting rid of all the technological distractions isdefinitely the most effective way of studying. Social media is aparticular problem: a recent study has shown that belonging to asocial network may increase stress by around 15%!


  Cutting back on sleep


  The days leading up to an assessment are often extremelystressful. You might think that constant revision right up untilyour exam is the task that needs your utmost attention; however,there’s something far more important. Multiple sources quote 8 –8.5 hours of sleep per night as the ideal number of sleep hours foradults. These hours are even more crucial when high levels ofconcentration are required of you. This is because sleepdeprivation can seriously impair your sense of judgement anddecrease your reaction times. Therefore, even though you may thinkthat revising your notes from the break of dawn until the night skyis brightly lit is what needs to be prioritised, you shouldremember that you cannot function at your best without a good,balanced night’s sleep. This is a real problem beyond the sphere ofexams: according to a study at Harvard University, sleepdeprivation costs the American economy $63.2bn a year。


  Leaving it all to the last minute


  The human brain is, by far, the most fascinating body part:the amount of information it can hold is truly amazing. However,this does not mean that it is an unlimited storage centre withoutany constraints. Though cramming information is very effective forsome, feeding your brain too much information at the last minutecan cause your brain – like a computer – to overheat, resulting inonly parts of the content consolidating in your head. Someinteresting stats for you: the human short-term memory can onlyhold between 7-9 facts, and even those typically tend to decayafter 30 seconds. Even if you do manage to turn some of yourlast-minute cramming into more durable memories, your chances heredon’t look great! Once you’ve got your exam/test date, you shouldbe aiming to give yourself at least a month’s worth of revision inthe run up. Remember to take breaks, give yourself plenty of sleep,and keep those phones tucked away!


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