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How to prepare for your Engineering Exams in the Age of Digital Distraction?

Here are few tips on how you can prepare for your engineering exams without getting distracted

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Jan 20, 2017: Are you unable to sit for more than half an hour at a stretch while studying? Is it impossible to do more than 2-3 pages before your mind wanders off into another world far away from your JEE studies? Well then, welcome to the digital age of today with plenty of distractions to offer. Either it is the constant pinging of Whatsapp messages, Facebook updates, MySpace, Instant Messenger, email updates or the surrounding noise – no matter what there is some distraction everywhere you go.

The internet earlier a pool of knowledge has taken over our lives in a different way all together today. Hence Generation ‘Y’ while enjoying the benefits of technology; also needs to tackle it prudently if they really want to get on the right career path. Research shows that studying without full concentration may not be enough to memorize the information correctly. But competitive exams for engineering like JEE are tough and require your complete focus. Also it has been observed that over indulging in games might stress the mind as it requires significant brain exercise. So while you might be tempted to play another candy crush game on your phone, it may be wiser to ignore the urge.

So here are few tips on how you can prepare for your engineering exams without getting distracted.

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Get some peace and quiet

It’s hard to study productively if your little brother is watching his favorite sitcom or listening to music on a blaringly high volume in the same room! If you feel family members are likely to bother you with constant chatter or involve you in household chores, then it is best to go to a place like a library or a study where there is some peace or quiet. Or just lock yourself away with the door shut, and a “Do Not Disturb” sign. Let your family know you are studying for those many hours a day to get the best out of your study time. Also while you are at it, avoid peeping into your WhatApp or Facebook updates by trying to train your mind not to wander but study with full concentration for that much time.

Study productively

You have gotten the peace and quiet, but it is highly possible your mind is still wandering, and you are unable to ignore your phone messages and chats. Research shows that your mind can grasp and study something much faster in the morning as compared to night. So try studying the most difficult or tiresome subjects in the morning. Also if you feel that concentrating on the same topic for too long is not for you, then consider changing the subjects for being able to get more from your allotted 2-3 hours of study. To absorb more information modify the subject or topic every 1-2 hours. Also take short breaks by doing stretches or getting up and walking around. It will pump blood around the body sending oxygen to the brain hence helping you concentrate more.

Get motivated and set goals

Engineering exams are tough, and you might lose interest midway struggling through the studies; get motivated by talking to friends and family who have taken the exam earlier and did well. Consider joining an online coaching class so that you will be able to pace and manage your studies better with the help of the classes as they set pre-planned time limits for completion. Before joining the class, you can always check reviews such as Aakash Coaching review if you are planning to enroll in Aakash classes. Moreover, if you are watching, for instance, Aakash Coaching review, then on YouTube you will also find several motivational videos of students who have done well in their exams. Watching them could also help egg you on to study for longer hours and be more inspired to study.

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Get into a routine

Research states that our brain will do the same thing each day automatically if you condition it that way. Hence set a time most favorable for you when you feel your productivity is the highest. Then once you start studying at that time each day, it will become a habit, and you will easily get into the mood to study at that time each day. This way your concentration too will increase, making it easier for you to get into the right frame of mind to study- whether you like the subject or not.

 Reward yourself

If you are studying hard, then don’t forget to give yourself an incentive! It will help keep you self-motivated to study each day and look forward to the reward time. So for instance, if you love sweets, then promise yourself a delicious treat at your favorite dessert parlor if you finish that painful chapter. Or maybe plan a movie outing with your friends at the end of the week if you manage to complete the allocated portion. By knowing you have something to look forward to when you finish your studies; you will be more likely to get stuck in. Additionally, an outing with the friends will help your mind relax and be more alert the next day to study harder.

Finally remember to always be optimistic by telling yourself that whatever you do the outcome will be good. The power of a positive attitude and being interested in your revision makes studying and getting good results for your engineering exams much easier.

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Students Need Social Support to Exercise More: Researchers

Respondents also said that social changes like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist

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Exercising regularly can keep your brain healthy. VOA

Making exercise a stress outlet may help students attain recommended amounts of physical activity and to maintain that routine, students need social support from family and friends, said researchers including one of an Indian origin.

“Accessing internal and external sources of inspiration and resilience is an effective and sustainable model for positive change,” said Vinayak K. Nahar, Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi.

“Physicians who want to encourage their patients to get more physical activity should suggest the techniques from this study,” he added.

For the study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers surveyed 135 college students, assessing their willingness to exercise for the recommended 150 minutes per week.

Participants were asked to weigh pros, like improved energy and health, against perceived disadvantages, like being tired and not having enough time for academics or leisure.

Yoga is also a good physical exercise. Wikimedia Commons

Once convinced that more exercise would benefit them, students were asked what they needed to get started. The single most significant factor was behavioural confidence which involves visualization of future performance and external sources of confidence like an encouraging mentor.

According to the survey, respondents indicated that sustaining the weekly 150 minutes of exercise would require the support of family and friends, as well as an emotional shift, in which students would use exercise as an outlet for stressors.

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Respondents also said that social changes like making friends who also exercise regularly would improve their ability to persist.

“Nearly half of all adults in the US do not engage in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. This basic lack of exercise is tied to myriad health problems, so it is important to address it early,” said study lead author Manoj Sharma, Professor at the Jackson State University. (IANS)