How to Mentally Prepare for Study

Transforming into an honors student is real, and this article is about how to make that happen by getting the proper mental preparation for that.

Getting an education is one of the most critical periods of our lives. As in this period, we have the opportunity to get our qualification and thus – a ticket to the presumably successful future.

Still, due to some reasons, it often happens that students miss their chance to get a ticket to a prosperous life. Failed exams, unsuccessful term papers — the failure in education begins with these things…

And is it possible to prevent it or improve the existing unfavorable situation with your studies? – Surely, it is, and the only thing needed to make it possible is your state of mind! To add more to the point, the wrong mental preparation to studies causes the range of future issues with education.

In this article, we’ll talk about how to come to the needed state of mind, which is important for successfully learning.

Take care of your physical needs and specifics

Probably, in the future, this will change, but in this time, having a mind is impossible without having a body that the mind belongs to. And the body will inevitably influence the mind, always reminding of its unsatiated needs. So, when starting to work on your state of mind, take care of your body first and create with its help the desirable conditions for your learning.

1. Sleep well

Sleep plays a huge role in regulating an organism’s functions and its endocrine profile, in particular. And needless to say, what a huge impact the quality of sleep has on the human mind and psychics.

Insufficient sleep can provoke anxiety, panic mood and negatively imprint on your memory and learning skills. When you don’t rest enough, it also can lead to an emotionally depressed state. That is why take care of your sleeping first of all and always try to sleep as much as you need.

Note that sufficient sleeping does not always mean sleeping much! The need for sleep is individual for everyone, and for some people, it’s enough to sleep just for 4-5 hours per day.

2. Eat favorable for your brain products

Food is the source of our energy, but not any food is valuable for the human brain. It also can influence your mood and lead to changes in consciousness. That is why, to achieve good results in your studies, you should pay close attention to what you eat, or you’ll need to refer to special services for performing your academic works, such as, for example, this source.

Scientists found that products containing the most useful chemicals for the brain are:

– Avocados

– Whole grains

– Seeds and nuts

– Beans

– Blueberries

However, supplying your body with the most helpful food for the brain is not enough to improve your learning performance. You should also not allow for these groceries in your diet:

– Salty foods

– Too sweet products

– Precooked products

– Processed food

– Food rich in MSG

3. Find out what your chronotype is

The same moment of time feels differently for different people. For some, 4 p.m. is a good time for work, and they feel sprightly, and for others, it’s a time when their inner fire is quite extinguished, and it’s time to get rest.

In other words, there are larks and owls between us, and it’s critical to identify the type of your inner clock or chronotype. Knowing your rhythm, it will become easier to plan your time for studying. You will know at what time you can show the best results in your education, and at what time it’s better to relax.

4. Get to know the most efficient way to learn for you

And if you want to show the best performance in studying and get remarkable results, you need to find out the most efficient learning style for you. Get to know what conditions and information format allow you to remember and understand more.

It was found that the main three learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

– If you’re of the visual type of learning, you get the most out of new information if it’s presented with added visual materials, such as diagrams or concept maps.

  Learners of the auditory type study most effectively if they listen to recorded lectures, participate in discussions, and repeat aloud learned material.

– Kinesthetic, or as they’re often called, hands-on students study best when they are moving. Even chewing gum counts here as a movement, and it really helps!

Cope with anxiety

Studying can often be nervous, especially if it has started recently. Today you are nervous, but tomorrow it’s time to show the first results, and it will be hard unless you get calmed, sober, and a bit relaxed…

5. Work on your negative thoughts

You even can not notice how those appear in your mind, but if you feel worried about some subject or, what’s worse, on all the subjects, you definitely have what to work on. For example, there could be a banal fear behind that worrying. Fear often multiplies negative thoughts and can lead to the state when you don’t believe in the possibility of your success at all…

So, what can you do with all those negative thoughts? Can you somehow eliminate them? – As for the elimination, it’s very hard, but just not focusing on them is far more realistic. So, to become more positive and not concentrate or even in a sense forget about that negative state, you should do just one thing:

– Determine your negative feelings and thoughts, ask yourself why they appeared and how you wish to resolve all those negative situations you imagine in your head.

6. Know what provokes you to get anxious

Knowing this will allow you to avoid anxiety when you have the most responsible days in your studying and need to show the best results. Among factors that provoke your anxiety can be a lot of things and even people. You should examine the situation in more detail, but certain things can provoke anxiety in any case:

– Coffee

– Products that contain caffeine

– Soda

– All kinds of academic tasks

Of course, you shouldn’t avoid academic tasks as they shape your scores, but you should bypass the rest of the things in this list.

7. Get acquainted with your instructor

Being acquainted with your teacher can lessen your worries about the subject as, speaking frankly, we often tend to get worried about our success in an issue because we don’t know what to expect from the instructor. Set a kind and respectful relationship with your teacher, and it will help you to worry less and even, in some cases, start to better understand the concepts you are learning!

Build a positive attitude to your education from inside

It’s already not a secret that personal success in any field begins from a person’s attitude to it and their faith in their success. You form your future yourself – with your real actions and works, but all those things get materialized out of your attitude and views.

8. Visualize the best possible results

When you visualize something in detail, it becomes more realistic for you to actually approach it. You get tuned on certain results and situations where you achieve those results by all your vibes, and it leads directly to what you want.

If you study in an educational institution and want to be an outstanding student, first visualize it. And if you do the right things to achieve that result, you will witness how your visualized victory becomes a reality!

9. Work on your self-motivation

Without having faith in your success, it’s hardly possible to achieve any results you want. So believe in your power and skills, evaluate your ideas positively – and this will inevitably imprint on your successes! All-in-all, your future hasn’t been shaped yet, you are forming it with your actions.

And the more you believe in your strengths, the closer you get to the results you want to achieve. To get yourself well motivated for the successful future, make use of these practices:

– Affirmations. Assure yourself that you have the needful qualities by pronouncing those qualities aloud. This will leave imprints on your consciousness, and you will get a bit changed every time you practice affirmations. Those changes will bring you closer to the results you’re dreaming about!

– Physical exercises. By sculpting your body, you also sculpt your character. Train regularly, and this will bring you discipline. At some time, you might notice that you became more organized!

– Habit-tracking. If you want to achieve good results and have started to work on yourself once, you must make it your habit! And today, nothing helps with it better than special habit-tracking apps that you can download either from PlayMarket or AppStore.

 The Short Summary

Studying is one of the most demanding tasks for our brain and spirit. If you want to be an outstandingly successful student, you should put your effort into it, and to prepare mentally here means to prepare well and work one’s way up! Still, don’t forget that your mind is in your body, and you should take care of your physical needs first, then – proceed with making edits to your emotional state.

Renee R. Scully
Renee R. Scully
Travel, Business and Tech Blogger. Loves to travel almost as much as she loves her hometown in Chicago. Blogging for over 5 years.

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