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Studying for competitive exams like the JEE can be a daunting challenge as it requires constant dedication/effort and devotion to studies at an unparalleled level. We shed light on how to make those numerous hours of study enjoyable for students and tips that aid in alleviating fatigue/boredom. Essentially, students must enjoy studying rather than taking it as a task upon themselves.
Movement is a well-documented energy booster. In addition to helping you stay awake, it may also help relieve exam stress and improve your ability to remember what you study. It is necessary to enjoy studying and not make it a mundane task.
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It might be tempting to get comfortable while studying, but it won’t help you stay awake. Rather you will start feeling sleepy. Now, we get that we are supposed to enjoy studying but there should be some restraint to avoid sluggishness.
Lying down is associated with increased activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, known for its role in functions such as “rest and digest.”
Hydration is important
Dehydration can make you feel tired and you may want to rest often. Keep yourself hydrated, take lots of water or juice.
While it may be tempting to treat yourself while studying, it won’t help you stay awake. Sugary snacks and junk food can make your blood sugar spike and then crash, leaving you feeling sluggish.
On the other hand, if you forget to eat or eat too much, you might find yourself dozing off.
Instead, aim for a diet of small but frequent meals. Make sure each meal contains protein, a complex carbohydrate, and a source of healthy fat.
Reading the same topic again and again can make you feel bored. Make studying fun and involving instead of following textbook patterns and bogging yourself down with tasks.
Keep yourself awake — and get the most out of your study sessions — by using active study techniques. To do this, try one or more of the following:
- Transfer information to a map, cue card, diagram, chart, or other visual.
- Read out loud.
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