3 Mindful Study Tips to Get You through the Rest of the Semester
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Supplement an Existing DegreeWhilst studying for your cognition and development degree, you may have already heard about mindfulness and its positive benefits on the human psyche. Although there has been little research carried out on this technique, the fact that it has been trusted and used for many years with countless success stories gives it credibility. In addition, mindfulness doesn’t require any additional medications, items, or counseling – all you will need is yourself and a quiet place. So, how can being mindful help you get better grades? Let’s find out.
1. Before Exams
It’s difficult to find a student who enjoys exams; most will universally agree that they are stressful to go through. No matter how much studying and revision you’ve been doing before your exam date, there’s always the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going to crop up on the paper, or if you’ve done enough.But, going into the exam hall feeling stressed and anxious can lead to mistakes or even the feeling of your mind going blank. Before your exam, practice mindful breathing or mindfulness meditation, if you have enough time. This will help you to gather your thoughts, control your breathing, and reduce stress.
2. Whilst Revising
Do you ever find yourself struggling to focus and take things in when you are revising? If so, then mindful studying can help you to regain your concentration. When you sit at your desk to study, take a few moments to simply focus on and become more mindful of your surroundings. Take some deep breaths to relax before you begin, focusing on the physical sensation of inhaling and exhaling.
If you are prone to distraction from your master of education in learning, you can use mindfulness to help avoid this. When you begin studying, set a timer on your computer or smartphone for around 30-minutes. Then, take a short break to focus on your breathing again. Repeat this each time you feel distracted by anything whilst revising.
3. When You Feel Burned Out
You have exams to study for, three assignment deadlines in one week, work placements to apply for, and a presentation coming up. Then, you must think about extra-curricular activities, working to earn a living, and making sure that your bills are paid on time, all whilst trying to maintain an active social life. So, it’s no surprise that student stress levels are at an all-time high.
If your time at college is becoming more stressful than fun, mindfulness meditation can help you get back on track. Find a quiet space where you know you will not be disturbed, then get comfortable and close your eyes. Then, take some deep breaths, filling your lungs as much as possible. If you are feeling particularly stressed, hold your breath for a couple of seconds before exhaling. Focus on the feelings of your body relaxing as you breathe in and out.
Did mindfulness work for you? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.