With some students in the midst of exams, and more just around the corner, now would be a good time to share some of the things we’ve learned about how the 5Gs can help with your exams.
Before you get started though, if you’re looking for quick fixes, we’re sorry to disappoint you. We’re not suggesting you can replace studying with these tips. These are some tips to balance with your study. Study is one part of many pieces that will help you do well on your exams.
1. Remember something Good
Before your exam, find a quiet space, and sit for a moment and think about a memory that makes you happy. No, seriously, do it.
Studies have shown that students who are asked to sit and think of a positive memory before taking a test perform noticeably better.
2. Take a Long Walk in the Park
Find a nature trail and go for a 50 minute walk – the benefits are substantial. Researchers have found that a 50 minute walk in the park increases memory performance by as much as 20 percent, and it improves concentration too.
Not only that, spending time in nature also helps with some of the side-effects of studying and exams:
Exposure to nature reduces stress and has positive effects on mental health – it even provides an immunisation against future stress!
So make time for a walk in the park during your studies, it will help improve your ability to study and focus, and help prevent stress.
3. Feel good to boost creativity and lateral thinking
Coming up to an exam that would benefit from creativity, lateral thinking or an ability to find connections? (hint: pretty much every subject).
Positive emotions quite literally open our mind and enable us to see the bigger picture, they enable us to see more and draw connections between things we might not otherwise notice or think of – that’s the foundation of creativity.
What do the researchers mean by positive emotions? Just about anything that makes you feel good – even the simple things will work: talk nonsense with a friend, play with a pet, do some exercise, play a game, read a book, make a thank you card. If any of these make you feel happy, excited, amused, joyful, grateful then you’re on the right track.
So take some time to relax and be happy as you prepare for your exams, but remember, we’re not suggesting these as a substitute for studying – you can boost your memory all you like, but if you’ve got nothing to remember, it won’t be much help