What Not To Do During Midterms / 四件在考試期間一定不可以做的事情

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As a third year who is currently facing her 6th midterm season, I must admit that things haven’t always gone to plan this time of the semester, and although I’m no expert, I’d like to share some thoughts on what not to do to survive these next few weeks of midterms.

  1. Don’t freak out
    If you’re like most other students, you have probably just realised you are in for some long days (and nights) studying stuff you might or might not have seen before in your life. Don’t freak out! You can do this. You are built for this. You voluntarily signed up for this, and you’ll live through it. Try to not spend too much time worrying.
  2. Don’t take time for granted
    Time is scarce, but your greatest weapon. Use it to your strength. This means cutting down on many things that are usually part of your lifestyle, including hanging out with friends, watching (and re-watching) TV shows and movies, aimlessly browsing the internet and tagging your friends in all those dank memes. Basically, the procrastination needs to be put to a hold. Harder said than done, I know, but when you catch up with all those missed episodes and friends after midterms, it’s a sweet feeling.Use your time wisely. Have daily study goals, push to get them done. Always have some time for yourself to relax and move your muscles.
  3. Don’t get distracted
    Focus on your work. Ignore that buzzing phone, that notification from Facebook, or the fascinating pattern of the wall in front of you. If you listen to music while studying, make sure it’s not too loud/catchy. Research suggests classical music to increase productivity.
  4. Don’t neglect yourself
    Don’t forget to nourish yourself and keep yourself hydrated. Keep a cap on those coffees and Red Bulls. Always carry a water bottle to study. Get a decent amount of sleep.
    While you probably don’t need to go all out on elaborate homemade meals, keep track of what you’re eating. Efficient cooking is must, but if you eat out, make sure you eat the right food that actually makes your brain function. You need to be mentally as well as physically on top of your game.

Good luck, my fellow midterm fighters. May the grades be ever in your favour.

Writer:   Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

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作為一名三年級學生,現正面臨大學生涯中的第六次mid-term,必需承認的是,理想與現實,永遠都是背道而馳的,心中的「溫書大計」永遠都無法實行。儘管我並不是專家,但仍有些心情與大家分享去幫助大家在mid-term中活過來。
  1. 不要害怕
    與大多數學生相同,若果你發現要與陌生的理論、從未見過的字詞渡過不知幾個晝夜,請你保持冷靜,要相信你可以做到的!與其花時間去擔心,倒不如相信自己的能力是能夠應附的。
  2. 珍惜時間
    有限的時間是你最強的武器。好好地利用它們可以令你事半功倍,首先你要犧牲不少平日生活中不可或缺的活動,如朋友聚會、看電視電影、上網以及與朋友討論社交網上的帖子等。儘管難以實行,但雖知道「小別勝新婚」,經過mid-term的勞役後再與你心愛的朋友、電視劇集相聚,定能比之前更加甜蜜呢!
  3. 不要分心
    專注於你的工作。手機的響鈴、Facebook的通知、美麗的牆紙……千萬不被它們分散你的專注力!如果你有一邊聽音樂一邊溫習的習慣,耍謹記不要把音樂開得太大聲,有研究指古典音樂有助提升溫習的效率呢!
  4. 不要忽略了自己在溫習的同時也不要忙了滋潤一下自己,一杯咖啡或能量飲品定必能幫上忙,也不忘上帶上適量的水。充足的睡眠也可以令你的溫習更有效率!食物亦是重要的一環! 要時刻留意著自己的餐單,而且需要高效率的煮食。如果外出用饍,最好選擇一些可以幫助腦部運作的食物。除了身體,腦部亦需要時刻備戰,去迎接接踵而來的mid-term。
最後,祝願各位戰友都可以取得自己心儀的成績!
文:   Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)
譯:   姚嘉敏(賽馬會群萃堂)

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