countdown is on! Our students are working feverishly on their
preparation for the certificate tests. In the midst of all this
frenetic activity, it is very important that we not get overwhelmed and
forget to take care of ourselves.
Take at least hourly breaks.
There is a big difference between working smart and working hard.
Ironically, some people who think they are working hard are actually
hardly working. If your mind is already exhausted, you are not going to
be very productive. You need to be studying actively with an open,
receptive mind for the material to make sense and for it to stick.
tip is to switch from one part of the brain to the other. For example,
learning English and learning math involve different processes and
different parts of the brain. When one part gets tired, it’s time to
switch material. You should still take reasonable breaks, but
alternating course material can help squeeze out a bit more productive
time when you are desperately trying to make up for lost time.
sure to eat well, drink lots of water, and get enough sleep. However
prepared or unprepared you are for the tests, it is vital that you are
well rested on the day of the test. A refreshed brain will allow you to
see more clearly and give better answers. If you are exhausted from
sleeping late trying to get in a couple more hours of cramming, you are
unlikely to do as well.
(June 5, 2011)
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