While you may have a limited amount of time until your exam, every test taker should have a reasonable amount of time available to dedicate towards acing their test. Studying should be a priority for your spare time. If you compile a list of your daily and weekly responsibilities only to realize that you barely have spare time, you are going to need to prioritize your activities.
It is important that you recognize what responsibilities you have that cannot be changed. Even when something so important such as an upcoming exam needs to take precedence, certain factors of your living should not change to accommodate your study routine. No test taker should be sacrificing their health by losing sleep, skipping the gym, missing meals, or consistently drinking caffeine to provide time for studying. Similarly, no study-goer should be neglecting other important tasks by quitting their job or ignoring family obligations. Evaluating your list of responsibilities and prioritizing certain tasks is going to require serious considerations and potential sacrifices, but keeping the end goal in mind will help manage the stress.
Remember, you don’t need to sacrifice health for studying. Instead, consider your options for balancing a healthy lifestyle with your obligations and study habits. Do not lose sleep or drink copious amounts of coffee, but think about waking up an hour or two earlier than normal to get in quality study time. Drink a cold glass of water to kick things into gear early in the morning. While no one is awake in your house you can sit down at your study to make the most out of the time that is available to you.
Similarly, don’t kick your active lifestyle for the books. Research shows that physical activity is a proven method to increase your mood and concentration levels. Consider mixing in alternative forms of activity to help accommodate a stretched schedule. Instead of working out five days a week as usual, perhaps cut it down to four. In lieu of your workout, take a yoga break on your fifth day during your study session to provide time and promote concentration.
Taking a moment to meal prep is another alternative to keep a quality lifestyle. It may seem as though meal prepping has the opposite effect on your tight schedule, but a moment in the kitchen to prepare a few salads is a valuable option in comparison to cooking every meal or worse, fast food. Keep in mind that healthy, vitamin-rich foods promote long-term satisfaction which help your focus, too. These options help promote the retention of your material without sacrificing your health, and instead, support it.
And following through with this course of action may seem difficult, especially when it comes time to evaluate factors such as your work or family life. We understand that work and contributing towards your family probably take up a large majority of your time. So these circumstances may need longer times to reflect on. However, it is possible to be flexible. Keeping in mind your financial flexibility, you may be able to ask your part-time job to give you one less shift for a few weeks. Familial duties could be passed on to other family members until your exam date. Asking for help along with a combination of schedule adaptations could be a key difference in accommodating a study schedule.