How To: Prepare for Exams?!


With exams around the corner, i dedicate this post to those currently under stress (like myself) struggling on preparation techniques. So we can all just go through this impossibly tough time together, Who’s with me? No one? Ok.


The most important thing that people seem to neglect before appearing for an exam is mental strength. Believe me, when i say the fear is all “In your Head”. Once you appear for it, when the exam paper is right in front of you all that fear and nervousness evaporates, because your mind builds self confidence slowly till the moment when you finally submit the paper. You need to make sure you relax so your mind is actively calm and can function at an optimum level. If you’re too worried or stressed before you take an exam, chances of recalling previous knowledge are slim to none. At the same time, overconfidence is probably not the best mode since you’ll probably “blank out”. Have you ever been in an exam and literally have no clue what its all about? Well, these reasons are probably why. So, here are a few suggestions to consider before you appear for an exam.

  • Make Sure You Have The Complete Syllabus

Nothing is worst then having incomplete notes before appearing for an exam. So, be sure to know the subjects and topics you are required to learn. Make sure you have all your notes completed and if it is incomplete, its time hit google. Once you have everything organised and ready, you will have to make sure they’re arranged in an order that makes sense to you. Learn one subject at a time; draw correlations within topics of that subject. This way, you will be able to remember alternatives, even if you don’t recall the original. For e.g. In Physics, The formula for Gravitational field strength is similar to Electric Field Strength. That way, if i don’t recall the other, it won’t result in a disaster.

  • Learn to Love the Subject


Try to study the subjects you dislike or are unable to do most of the time. Try doodling with hard topics with the help of; mind maps, collages, scribbles or pictures if it helps you comprehend better. If its boring, make it look artistic for it to capture your attention. Add fun colours and read it a million times and you’ll be able to remember it in even in your sleep. If it takes time to memorise it, put it on a mirror or a wall you look at everyday. I promise you, It works!

  • Say NO to long hours


Cramming everything at a time will make you lose interest. Organise your study schedule and make sure you don’t sit and study for too long! Take at least 20 minutes but not more than an hour at once. Take 5-10 minute breaks in between. Don’t forget to test your knowledge to determine your level of understanding.

  • Say YES to exercise


Many people seem to avoid exercising during preparations to conserve energy. However recent research shows that, doing light exercise such as a 20-minute jog can improve your memory. Meditational exercises such as; Yoga increases energy level,  and reduces the effects of stress. This is preferably done in the outdoors, to get some fresh air for mental relaxation.

  • Healthy Eating Habits

It is recommended to students to consume a high-carbohydrate, high-fiber and slow digesting foods such as; oatmeal before appearing for an exam. What you consume a week before, plays a huge role. Avoid foods that contain high-fat, low carbohydrate heavy cheese, eggs and cream. Instead, go for a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables. When studying, your brain takes up a lot of glucose. In between breaks, opt for healthy snacking ideas like the ones below.


Apple slice sandwiches with granola and peanut butter filling. #yummers


Fresh strawberries topped off with cool plain yogurt.

  • Alter Study Spots


Don’t just stay at home depressed and alone.  According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.

  • Manage Your Time

“Time is what we want most but what we use worst” – William Penn

Always make a point to use your time wisely. Never put off anything till the last minute, that retains your ability to process information. Think of it as eating a bagful of marshmallows- there will be a point where you will not be able to swallow any more. In the same way, the brain finds it hard to process so much information at once. Make a balanced study plan.

  • Avoid Pulling an All-Nighter

Compared to all students, All-Nighters impair reasoning and memory for four days. As a result of that, your grades will be affected. That’s not all, you would then be forced to wake up earlier then expected, which compromises sleep (check out my previous post for more details!). Sleeping late the night before an exam interferes with rapid eye movement which affects memory.

  • Minimise Distractions 


Stay focused! Even if you’re tempted to check your social media, text or tweet a friend. This will help you understand things quicker and uninhibited. You’re more likely to retain more information without gadgets distracting your concentration.

  • Reflect, Refresh and Review


If you’re still finding some things hard to learn, write them down on flash cards or coloured cards and review it continuously before appearing for the exam.

I hope these suggestions were helpful to those needing motivation and assurance on preparing for exams. At the end, its knowing that you tried your best despite the results. “Its all about the journey as much as the outcome” Enjoy learning new things as the famous Mark Twain said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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Tips and Tricks: Wake Up Easier in The Morning


“I love waking up in the morning”- said no one ever. Well at least, no one who has to get up at 5:30 AM for school. The sound of that awfully noisy alarm taunting you to get up and meet the day’s demands is truly a perpetual struggle, I must admit.  However, ever since I’ve started developing some sort of routine on my “Sleeping Schedule” It has been comparatively easier. Although, I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a “morning person” because I still consider myself a “Sleepoholic”

For anyone else struggling,

Here are 10 things to make waking up in the morning easier:


1)  Know the Purpose

Why do you need to wake up in the morning? What becomes your goal and motivation? Don’t just get up because you have to. Most of the time when you’re supposed to set off that alarm, you press the snooze button because you let yourself succumb to that urge. Having a purpose will not only help you get up, but also begin the day with dreams you stored. Accountability is as effective as an alarm clock.


2) Brew That Coffee

Like every process, waking up needs time. Don’t just jump out of the bed in haste after realising you’re late because of a few minutes of extra sleep. Set the clock a minimum of an hour earlier. Brew coffee, relax, stretch, read the paper, take a few minutes for yourself to get used to “reality”


3) Set Your Body Clock

Never compromise the amount of sleep your body is accustomed to, especially if you have to get up in the morning. Know how much sleep you need and adjust your sleeping patterns accordingly. With that being said, this change is not instantaneous. It is going to take major adjustments affecting our daily activities, but the outcome is so worth it! One way to figure out what might work best for you is to set a consistent bedtime that starts about 8 hours before your alarm is going to go off.


4) Shut Down

To get up on time, you must sleep early. Wind up before bed time because spending too much time on gadgets before bed, may not lead to a restful sleep. Be sure to turn everything off!


5) Expose Yourself to Light

Make sure your bedroom is exposed to sunrise or bright lights. This helps your body clock accept your wake up time. This will help make your day brighter by embracing the new day with good mood.


6) Hard To Reach “Snooze Button”

It is always a tendency to postpone the time to wake up, so create an obstacle to force you out of the bed. If the alarm is placed next to your bed, place it elsewhere.


7) Maintain Sleep During Weekend 

Compensating sleep on the weekends feeds into sleepiness for the following week and interrupts the set body clock. Stick to your accustomed bed time even on your weekends to maintain regularity.


8) Drink Plenty of Water

Be sure to gulp down glasses of water before you go to bed and immediately after you wake up. This will not only rehydrate and rejuvenate your senses, it’ll also compel you to get up and go to the toilet.

9) Make Your Mornings Motivationalwoman-happy-morning-prevention

Part of the struggle to wake up in the morning is when you’re alarmed with stress and pressure of having so much to do. Instead of stressing out, think about the good things that await you that day. Dwell on thoughts that puts a smile on your face.

10) Remember to Pray3656249818_woman_praying_answer_1_xlarge

Always pray before going to bed to Thank God for his constant protection throughout the day and every morning after getting up, to seek blessings to start a new day with happiness and success in whatever you do.

“Father, unto thee I pray,
Thou hast guarded me all day;
Safe I am while in thy sight,
Safely let me sleep tonight.
Bless my friends, the whole world bless;
Help me to learn helpfulness;
Keep me every in thy sight;
So to all I say good night.”

Following a routine like this does take time and adjustment and dedication. Don’t expect immediate results or instant perfection, It’s a setup for failure. Instead, improvise and alter as you make this important lifestyle change. Good Luck and I sincerely hope it helped!

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How To: Deal with Embarrassment


Can you believe that this week is coming to an end already?! I feel like this week has gone by so fast. Although, I must say I’m pretty excited about the weekend. #TGIF :p After yesterday’s depressing post, I decided to go on something lighter that does not involve too much thinking/ reflection.

One of the most common things we deal with is embarrassment, no judgements there! Mistakes and Errors are a part of life whether we like it or not. The worst part is knowing that everyone in the world knows about it where you can even hear them laughing at your face. As much as we would all like to move to a tiny country no one’s ever heard of, running away is NOT a solution. I agree that it seems like the best and easiest thing to do. But trust me If anything, acting like a ‘coward’ makes the whole situation worse.


Here are a few things we should keep in mind when dealing with those types of situation.

1) Hold your Head High

The only worst enemy in this situation is our minds battling thoughts constantly. Stop overanalysing or questioning what should have happened but instead grow and flourish from mistakes.

2) Take Responsibility

This is the tricky part since the solution lies in the problem itself. The best way to take responsibility is to apologise. Owning up to your mistakes will not only improve the situation, it defines your character and its what will make you look more admirable. Be careful of making that mistake seem like a joke, humour has its price. The key is not to take it too seriously or too lightly.

3) Rely on your Support System

In this situation, it’s always best to have a “shoulder to lean on”. This can be anyone from your family and friends. The more people you have supporting you, the quicker this gets over.  It may be painful to the people you love after such a blunder, but they are the ones comforting you and making you realise that they’re always there for you.

4) Learn from it

All men make mistakes. But only wise men learn from it- Winston Churchill

The most important thing is to learn from your mistakes. If this behaviour of yours casts doubt on your judgement and maturity, then there’s just a bigger lesson to learn.

5) Move On

Ultimately, embarrassment is just a fleeting thing- its painful but quick. What others regard you as, should not matter. The only opinions you should consider are yours and from those people around you who loves you. Take your punishment, learn a lesson and get on with your life.

From now on, there is absolutely no reason to be embarrassed. Only you can haunt yourself with your past. Being human means making mistakes, learning from it and becoming a better person afterwards.

Hope this helps!

QOTD (Question Of The Day):


What was the most embarrassing moment for you and how did you deal with it? 

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