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June 4, 2013 | by  | in Features |
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Study Tips

– VUWSA free breakfasts.

– Student Health tips.

– Other free things that are on.

– Dispose of a family member and get compassionate consideration.

– Eat raw chicken to the same effect.

– Dump your significant other.

– Ritalin.

– Bore everyone you encounter with details of your essay/exam; talking it out will help. Alternatively discuss how TOTALLY FUCKED you are in an effort to convince yourself you don’t have to do any real study.

– Make like eight flashcards on Quizlet, post the set to your class Facebook page, and ask for others to chip in.

– Spend all your time at the library.

– Leave class Facebook pages; the notifications are ridiculous, and you will be fooled into thinking you need to study less because everyone else is asking such dumb questions.

– Taking a bag of baby carrots and a thing of hummus to the library will get you through a day.

– If you consider yourself too good for the mocha during term time, you should relax this; they are surprisingly comforting.

– Go running or swimming a couple of times a week. You will sleep better and feel less stressed. (If you run all the time and are never stressed, stop running; Hermione Granger would say it’s better to be a bit nervous.)

– That app called SelfControl that blocks social media.

– Actual self-control.

– Spring-clean your room/fl at before you start studying, this will help you focus and remain calm (mess creates stress).

– Tweet and make statuses about how much study you have to do; people are really interested.

– Use studying as an excuse for just about anything: a day off work, skipping Aunt Helen’s 50th, etc.

– Plan actual breaks—not just checking Facebook, but getting out of the house and doing something you enjoy.

– Classical music.

– Switch things up and study nude.

– Find alternative study venues: forests, in the middle of roundabouts, farms, in the Bucket Fountain, under tables in fancy restaurants.

– Put a picture of Colin Craig at the end of every page, so that you motivate yourself to avoid being as ignorant as him.

– Sleep. Like planned, regular sleep, not just when you fall asleep during your BreakingBad-studybreak-turned-marathon.

– Tell yourself that if you don’t study, you have to hang out on the overbridge.

– Berocca + ice + sparkling water (+ gin).

– Cover all your walls in colour-coded notes outlining every single point your lecturer ever made for every subject. Also colour-code your subjects.

– Use this as an excuse to go stationery shopping (also buy: a pack of fine-tip black Bic pens, highlighters, Post-it notes, more fine-tip black Bic pens)

– Find your lecturer’s blog/Twitter. Read through their archives – it’s totally, somehow, related to the work you did in class. If you reference something they’re interested in, they have to bump you up a grade. It’s like a rule or something.

– Completely change your personality for three weeks.

– Hang out in your Hall’s dining room in the middle of the night, chatting to the security lady, and watch shit videos on YouTube.

– The soundtrack from A Single Man, full volume, 24/7.

– Go to Kirks and get heaps of perfume samples. Wear different ones depending on which subject you’re studying, then wear that perfume in your exam. Scent memory = totes real memory.

– Take breaks to make yourself nice, decent dinners. Download semi-related podcasts to listen to while doing this (and going for walks/runs) so you’re still technically studying.

Location, location, location: Study spaces—Wi-Fi-nk you very much

– The Botanic Garden is a serene place to focus on your study, with many quiet areas for a quick gobby.

– Switch it up a bit by studying in other libraries you wouldn’t usually go to; Vic has heaps of them hidden away among the Faculties.

– Wellington Central Library has free Wi-Fi.

– Wellington National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets. Recently redecorated with a whole bunch of new computers, desks, and there’s free Wi-Fi.


Student Health’s Tips for Exam Stress

With exams nearly here, things are heating up. Here are a few tips to get you through:

Try to TAKE THE POWER OUT OF EXAMS—they are pieces of paper with questions on them for you to show what you have learned and thought about. Can you see them as a challenge rather than a threat?

If the level of tension you feel over exams gives you a sense of energy and productivity – great! This is useful. If it makes you feel unpleasantly anxious, or interferes with your thinking and planning, it is probably too high.

Here are some stress-reducing ideas to try – experiment to find out what works best for you.

Exam preparation

– Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, sleeping, exercise, work and relaxation. Plan time out to do things you enjoy, not connected with study. Avoid overuse of stimulants and relaxants.

– Have a realistic study plan that you are likely to stick to, and study when your energy and attention are at their best. If possible, find a distraction-free study environment.

– Put any unnecessary tasks, demands or problems on hold until after exams. Also, let friends and family know about your exams and ask for the support you need.

– Practise some relaxation, breathing and sleep management techniques. See our website for FREE Educational Programmes that can teach you these:

– Get familiar with general exam techniques. Student Learning Support have advisors and run workshops that can help with this:

– THINK BEYOND THE EVENT. Look forward to the day it will be all over. Plan a reward – something that will help you to feel good.

On the day of your exam

– By now, you probably know all you can know!

– Try to give yourself the best chance of remembering and focussing on your knowledge. Excess stress and worry can affect your memory, recall, focus and attention. Hopefully you have done some of the preparation above.

– On the day, have a reliable way of waking up, and consider when/what you will eat and drink beforehand. Try to get a whole night’s sleep the night before your exam. Keep your energy and concentration up!

– Get there early enough so you are in the right place. A brief walk, using the bathroom and a relaxation/breathing exercise, can be helpful before going into the exam room.

– Position yourself in a space in the room that is best for you, and take a little time to breathe and relax before the exam begins.

– Remind yourself you have learned all you can. Try to focus your thoughts on the exam. If you are distracted by worry or other things, notice it, STOP, and refocus on the exam paper.

All the best from the Counselling Service.

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