5/3/17 Maintain Focus

As AP exams approach, half the battle of studying is being able to consistently focus. Follow these simple steps ensure that you get the most out of your study sessions:

  1. Lighting: make sure the lighting is bright enough to clearly see your materials but isn’t so bright that it is blinding. You can open your curtains to enjoy the sun, a natural source of Vitamin D.
  2. Noise: wear ear plugs if you are studying in a chaotic area. This will enable you to stay focused and not get distracted by passing people and events occurring around you.
  3. Schedule breaks: planning specific time periods to relax is a great way to reward and motivate yourself throughout your studies. Scheduled breaks will eliminate wasted time and keep you feeling refreshed.
  4. Make a to do list: crossing off tasks as you complete them will help you to feel accomplished as you go about studying. A list will also help you to budget your time as you are able to see all of the tasks that need to be completed.
  5. Healthy snacks: choose snacks that are high in protein and are low in in sodium and sugar. Sodium will make you thirsty while sugar will give a brief high and will ultimately cause you to crash and feel tired again.
  6. Sleep: make sure to get a good night’s rest prior to studying and sitting for the exam. Do not pull an all-nighter, your brain will not be able to fully function the next morning if you are exhausted.