I’ve always favoured athleticism over academics - not because I hated learning, but because no matter how hard I studied, I always fell short of average. While my bookshelf was cluttered with trophies, team photos, and medals, my sister’s displayed her countless scholarly distinctions. Any high school senior would die to have a GPA like hers, and I envied her ability to navigate assignments with ease and confidence. I was bitter – and rightfully so! My sister had never even cracked open her textbook! I was the type of person who could study indefinitely and still fail an exam! I felt like I was disappointing my parents.
Drowning in these negative ruminations, I discovered my passion for long-distance running. It became a coping mechanism (a healthy one, at that!) – and helped me to unlock the key to my academic success. I present to you the ultimate test preparation method specifically designed for athletically-inclined individuals.
Before creating a personalized training schedule, it is crucial to be mindful of your strengths, weaknesses, and limits. Ideally, this will prevent you from over-exerting yourself and hindering your performance. In terms of test preparation, you can use your strengths to optimize your focus and interest, and to achieve better outcomes.
B) Training Starts TODAY
Both athletes and students alike can suffer from lack of motivation. Modify your training session if needed, but don’t skip it altogether. The more you repeat an activity and engage your muscles, the easier the activity becomes later on. Students should revise their notes after each lesson and (time permitting) make summaries and flow charts, or organize their study materials!
C) Building Endurance
Two weeks prior to the big day, your sessions should be longer (nearing their peak intensity). It’s normal to “feel the burn”, but make sure to pace yourself for quicker recovery. Research indicates that interval training – such as the Pomodoro technique – can really enhance your muscle memory, energy levels, and motivation.
Note: beware of study groups; they are oftentimes more distracting than beneficial.
If you’re looking for a way to assess your progression, try teaching the content to a friend who hasn’t taken the class. Ideally, through reformulation and simplification of the information, you will succeed in conveying the key details to your “student”. How to form a study group
In the final two days before the event, rest should be prioritized. This isn’t an excuse to slack and to dismiss any preparations you had planned. Instead, you should emphasize breaks and self-care. In addition to resting, balanced nutrition and adequate fluid intake will help set you up for success. Finally, it is important to maintain a positive, goal-oriented mindset during this time.
Congratulations, you did it! Whether you earned that first-place ribbon or finished the race unrewarded, you should be incredibly proud of your determination, dedication, and persistence. Treat yourself to a hot bath, sweet treat, massage, and good night’s sleep.