27 Apr How Sports Psychology Can Boost Your Exam Results
Examination period is around the corner and today’s post is to teach your how to train your brain to revise well, using Sports Psychology.
The three essential needs – SLEEP, EAT, EXERCISE
Before you even start revising, take note that your body needs these three “ingredients”, with sleep being the most important amongst all. Britain’s cycling team value it so highly that they employ a sleep scientist during the Tour de France. So for the next few nights, grade your sleep quality out of ten the next morning, as well as taking note of what time you went to bed and woke up. If you’re getting less than eight hours a night, try staying away from electronic screens for an hour before bedtime.
Set your goals
Do up a small table and write down your subject, the marks you have scored previously and your goal. Be strict to yourself and try to stretch yourself more. For example, if you have always scored 60 for your Maths, try to aim for an 80 this time. There is a saying, “Aim for the stars, if you don’t reach it, at least you will land in the clouds”!
Follow the 20:20 rule
Research has shown that students improve faster if they spend 20 minutes on one subject, and then move on to the next. The aim is to fit about 20 sessions of 20 minutes revisions into a day. If you have only 4 subjects, then rotate it: English (20 mins), Maths (20 mins), Mother Tongue (20 mins), Science (20 mins), Take a Break (20 mins) and repeat. Remember to slot in breaks as well so that your mind gets refreshed and not be overwhelmed with information.
Revise in an examination setting
Many athletes train themselves in competition settings so that their bodies get used to it and not find it too stressful to perform. Similarly, train yourself to revise under examination settings. Avoid loud music or practicing with your parents. Instead, revise against time just like what you are required to do during exams. Practice translating your thoughts to writing quickly, recalling of facts accurately etc.
Repeat, repeat, repeat to remember
Our last tip for you is to train your brain with repetition. Like building muscles, memories are not built overnight but over a sequence of days and weeks. Studies have shown that in order to translate a fact into a long-term memory, you would need to repeat it four to five times, over a well-spaced interval. So, try to start early in your revisions so that you have sufficient time to build your memory and not cram them hurriedly in the last minute.
That’s what we have prepared for you for your upcoming exams! We wish you all the best! For more examination tips, you can read this post too.