There are many things that you can do when studying to ensure that you maximise your time to be as efficient and productive as possible. When you commit to a study programme such as CeMAP, it is vital to set yourself a structured plan to allow enough time to absorb and learn the syllabus.
It can be helpful to look at your diet and exercise routine, as a few simple changes can aid your concentration and energy levels. A study published in the Psychological Science Journal has also shown that meditation can work in a positive way, enhancing the capacity of your memory and reducing your mind’s tendency to wander.
The paper revealed that during a two-week training programme to assist those studying alongside meditation, there was an increase in memory retention for the subjects taking part. The researchers believed that this highlighted meditation’s ability to prevent the mind from wandering unnecessarily, which helped the participants to focus on what needed their immediate attention. This makes it useful for anyone preparing to take an exam.
Luckily, this is a skill that is easy to learn, which enables the participant to prevent their mind from wandering by focusing on a set task. One way that the participant can improve mindfulness is to practice sitting meditation alongside it. This involves a strong focus on your sense of wellbeing, as well as your awareness of it, eliminating anything unrelated along with negative thoughts during the process.
How do you do it?
Finding a suitable environment to practice meditation is of paramount importance, as it needs to be quiet, calm and relaxing. As you may be adopting a pose for a considerable length of time, it is recommended that you sit cross-legged or in an alternative position of comfort.
Become aware of your body as you close your eyes and everything that it is doing. How your hands are placed (on the floor or on your knees), your breath, and the sound it makes as you inhale and exhale. Acknowledge how your chest rises as your lungs inflate and then falls as you breathe out.
Slowly, as the focus on yourself becomes stronger, any other thoughts should be pushed aside, leaving you only thinking about your breathing, what your body is doing, and how you are feeling.
Make it successful
It is vital that you synchronise your breathing, your body awareness, and thoughts with the current moment. Really concentrate on your breathing to attach yourself to the present, then slowly work your way through the senses, such as how you feel and what you can smell. By drawing your focus to the present, your mind will slowly clear of all other thoughts.
Incorporating this into your daily routine, even if just for a short period, will support your studies by increasing the capacity of your memory, thus enabling you to succinctly focus on your topic of learning. You will feel calm and in control, leaving you ready when the time arrives to sit your exam.