The anecdote that a student can learn Chinese overnight, became a baloney almost with our great-grandfathers. And although not all students, preparing for exams, choose the strategy of the sprinter, it is still the image of the poor fellow who squeezes the textbook into the skull on the night before the exam, dominates the mass presentation of the session.

Prepare for the night - is a kind of act of student valor, an act of bravado. It's like having a saucepan of pasta without sauce and butter. The student must be hungry and remember the exam on the eve of it! In fact, of course, student life is not so extreme, but there are enough sprinters at any faculty.

Where do they come from? A significant part of the sprinters are loafers and freeloaders. But there are a lot of sprinters, who are born, who manage to pass exams "perfectly". Psychologists say that these homo sapiens have a strong impulse component of temperament. They are stimulated by the adrenaline whip.

By the way, if the sprint strategy of preparation for the exam (with all its many shortcomings) is already good, then it is that you do not need to work specifically on motivation, like a marathon runner or a stayer. And so adrenaline above the roof.

So, how can you optimize the preparation process for exams, if you are a born (or forced to become) a sprinter? How to prepare for the exam for the day? Per day? Or even overnight?

16 tips for preparing for the exam an incorrigible sprinter

Before proceeding to the recommendations on the assimilation of information, let us recall the general principles of sprint preparation for the exam:
Need to sleep! It sounds ridiculous, especially if you are going to sit for textbooks and lectures all night. Nevertheless, we are absolutely serious. If you remembered about the exam not at midnight before that, and a little earlier, prepare for a sprint run quality rest. Returning from the party, preparing for the exam is much more difficult.

Do not forget also that it is the dream - our main assistant in securing information in long-term memory. Surely you've heard about the admission - they say, you have to fall asleep before the exam with a textbook under the pillow. This sign is a powerful psychological basis. Therefore, it is best to prepare for the exam by day, and at night to sleep and consolidate the studied.

If you still prepare for the exam at night, sleep in the morning 1,5 or 3 hours. This will help to activate the processes of "ramming", assimilation of information. Why exactly 1.5 or 3 hours? Because a person is characterized by a 1.5-hour sleep cycle. Wake up easier, rest better.
No less important task is not to fall asleep! In the process of preparation. Coffee, black chocolate - the classic night pre-examination vigils. It is interesting that cappuccino, latte or ordinary coffee with milk or condensed milk works even better than espresso, since they stimulate not only caffeine, but also a powerful dose of carbohydrates.

Energetics try not to abuse, still these Redbulls are harmful to the body. But if they decided to push themselves energetics - then do not drink coffee, one thing. The same goes for Coca-Cola: mixing it with coffee, you risk being with a heart attack in the hospital, and not at the examiner's.

Should I stimulate the brain with drugs? Is that eleutherococcus, ginseng and safe nootropics. But the problem is that these funds need to be taken by courses, the effect will be noticeable in 2-3 weeks. You can get the opposite effect.

What is there during the sprint preparation for the exam?
Nuts - the best refueling. Excellent snack for a stool, immersed in a teaching - a sandwich of whole grain bread, honey and nuts. Boots with salmon and avocado are well suited for snacking. Another option - sandwiches with a noble cheese (with mold), honey and pear / grapes.
If you are preparing for the exam in the daytime, be sure to start this day with a useful energy breakfast (this will start the exchange processes and make the brain work more efficiently). Lunches and supper should give energy, but not be dense and fat: otherwise it will tilt into sleep.

Have a rest! Yes, yes, you need to give yourself a little rest, even if you have only 8 to 12 hours to prepare for the exam. Within each hour, allocate 5 - 10 minutes to rest:

Meditation, respiratory gymnastics are excellent methods for relieving stress and increasing concentration.
Stretching and / or a full-fledged physical exercise - this will help relieve tension in the muscles, activates the flow of blood to the brain.

"Zeroing the brain" - 5-minute nedonidumane (if you are afraid to fall asleep, set the alarm).

Be sure to hide under the "glass cap". Prepare for the exam in a relaxed atmosphere, to the maximum exclude external stimuli. Naturally, cut down all sorts of skype, ICQ and the like.

How is it better to study the material to prepare for the exam for the day?

And now let's proceed to the techniques and technologies of ramming the gray matter of all the knowledge that needed to be shoved there during the semester.

What are the first questions to teach? Tactics will have to choose according to the circumstances:

If you have already acquired some knowledge during the semester - begin to learn the exam questions that you already have an idea about. This will prepare the ground for studying the interrelated themes.

The second option - to move forward strictly according to the logic of the topics studied. This principle should be adhered to in cases where each subsequent topic is based on previous ones.

If you are an adherent of the mnemotechnology "House" ("The Halls of the Mind"), it makes sense to teach tickets to each other, "arranging" the information in each new room and hanging on the door a sign with the ticket number ("the house" may well be "hotel").

The most difficult questions are best left to the snack, be sure to allocate enough time for them, and easy - to learn first.

However, there is also the opposite opinion - the complex must be learned first, while the concentration and energy at the peak.

Perhaps the choice of tactics is individual thing... The main thing is to be consistent, not to rush from ticket to ticket!

Do you suspect that you will not have time to learn all the questions? Do not play roulette, hoping that you get the right ticket. It is advisable to do this: ideally (well, or at least more or less) learn the first questions of each ticket. And for the second - walk a bit. A cheerful start will provide you with the benevolence of the teacher. Even if you are in the second issue of "swim", the chances to pass the exam for a decent evaluation are very good.

What if you do not have information on any exam tickets?
The most important thing is to find out this at the very beginning of your sprint race. In this case there is a chance to find a student who will prepare answers and / or spurs for you in a few hours of night vigils. Perhaps, the necessary information will be obtained from a classmate who will send her by e-mail. So start preparing for the exam with a review of exam questions and sources of knowledge.

Limit the flow of information on each issue. Thoroughly to penetrate into the studied topics will not succeed, therefore it is very important that all the information studied be on the case, set out briefly and structured. A short answer instead of the head of the textbook - that's what the sprinter needs, which only has 10 to 30 minutes to study one question.

Do not focus on specific issues. Do not allow yourself to spend on one issue 2 to 3 hours. Set the timer, it mobilizes.

Your task is understanding, not memorization. Try to understand what you are learning in order to tell your words on the exam (and in the worst case - to think out). Find logical links between the blocks of information studied. By the way, the most successful sprinters are erudite and logic with well-hung languages, capable of creating a full-fledged response on a minimal information basis.

An array of information on each issue should be reduced to several theses. Structure and simplify! Create an information "concentrate", on the basis of which you will answer. Each thesis - packaging with "concentrate", pulling the development of thoughts, associations, logical constructions.

It is the theses that make sense to run through the eyes an hour before the exam. It is in theses that cheat sheets should be prepared.

One of the thesis technologies for preparing for the exam and, in general, for any speech is the three-sentence method. Put in them the most important thing: the problem, the main idea, the final conclusion.

To memorize the exact information (dates, formulas, rules, definitions, etc.), use the methods of mnemonics. The method of associations and the already mentioned method of "Home" have proved to be very successful.
Arm yourself with a pen. Small motor activity activates the work of the brain, including memorization processes. In the process of studying the material, build charts, chronological lines, neural maps. All this, by the way, can become the basis for compiling cheat sheets.

When studying the material, focus on your kind of memory: visual, auditory or kinetic.

Get ready together, the three of us. Pronounce topics, explain them to each other. (This technology will not allow you to sack - of course, if the comrades are also attuned to study, it is better not to venture against "saboteurs").

By the way, the author of this article, with the help of this method, prepared "for excellent" for the exam for 8 hours, about which he remembered somewhere around midnight. After the birthday. In the campus. With true friends. With a glass of champagne in one hand, a piece of cake - in another, and with a textbook on his knees.

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