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Different ways to stay awake while studying :)

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    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      I won’t say everyone, but I am sure a lot of people suffer from this affliction i.e. falling asleep while trying to study. I myself am really prone to this problem especially when I am doing really boring theory like ethics. My personal secret to keep from falling asleep (besides a million cups of coffee) is, here it comes, pinching. Yep you read that right. I pinch my arm whenever I start to doze off. Its highly effective. The pinch is supposed to be slightly painful but not hard enough that it leaves a bruise.

      So now that you know my messed up secret ;), what about yours? I could really use some new tricks and I bet you all could too 😀

    • Sophie Macon
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      Wet towel for a splash of cold water on the face @CFAcharterwannabe?

    • tacheman
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      Thats….slightly worrying.

    • tacheman
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      I either go for a walk or wash my face as @sophie says. Or a shower helps too.

    • shreeneewas
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      During my uni days, I used to brush my teeth little late in the night to add couple of hours to study session. It is very freshening and helped me drink less coffee in night.

      And also I used I keep my room lot cooler than usuall ku keeping window open. But mind you that was in India, so try it with care of live Europe or US.

      Shrini

    • shreeneewas
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      Sorry for typos above – I posted that on iPhone.

    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      @Sophie: alright will try that one. Seriously though I have a very stubborn brain. When it wants to sleep, it has to sleep. The pinching trick has helped me a lot 😀


      @tacheman
      lol don’t worry. nothing much to worry about… yet 😉


      @shreeneewas
      lol don’t have to worry about the cold in U.A.E. It’s the summers… sigh!

    • shreeneewas
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      @cfacharterwannabe funny I did not notice that you are in UAE. But I strongly recommend brushing teeth for quick freshen up and kick off lethargy

    • Sophie Macon
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      I think we will all have sparkly white teeth post CFA!

    • mitch895
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      These are a few things I’ve picked up over the years that help me to concentrate and, most importantly, get stuff done…

      *Hit the gym or go for a run. Getting the blood pumping tends to revive me. Plus it reduces some fidgeting and improves quality of sleep & relaxation.

      *Regulate coffee intake (every now and then): I find that by reducing coffee intake every now and then (to maybe 1 coffee/day for a week or more), when I then do have coffee the caffeine will makes my crazy hyperactive and improves my memory and creativity. Not to mention that coffee can be a pretty savage appetite suppressant, which means that while you’re filled to the eye-balls with coffee, your body might not be getting the nutrients it needs to operate at 100% efficiency.

      *Sleep. If you can manage to get plenty of sleep your work/study/thinking/exercise time will (in most cases) be more effective than if you were doing it in a sleep-deprived state.

      *Don’t multi-task. Try not to multi-task. I find this to be freaking difficult, which is why I migrate to the library and turn off internet when I want to study. I know that I can do 4 or 5 things at once, but when it comes to highly detailed stuff (including study) it’s better to focus solely on the one task so you know if back-to-front. It’s the best way to get something drilled deep into your memory.

      *Time management. I live in 40 minute (and sometimes 20 minute) time periods. For the best part of 10 years in business I’ve timed just about everything I do, racing against a countdown computer on my phone or watch. Sounds incredibly anal (and it probably is) but it works for me. The reason is to make sure I don’t screw around and lose an hour on something that should take 30 or 40 minutes. Ultimately it’s about business efficiency. With study I set my countdown timer on my phone for 20 minutes as I find it more boring than normal work; if I’m still deep in concentration at the 20 minute mark I will hit “go” for another 20 minute period. I try to stand up and go for a 1 -2 minute wander (get a glass of water etc) every 40 – 60 minutes.

      What not to do:

      *Scotch. Good for creativity & relaxation, not so good for study concentration and memory recall.

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      @shreeneewas: good one. I will have to remember that one. Definitely a way to improve my dental hygiene as well 😀 who would have thought this would be an additional benefit of CFA? lol

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      @sophie: lol. I also have to mention another method. You know you get those packaged face packs for better skin? So what I do is I put the bottle in the fridge to make it cold and sometimes as an effective way to stay awake, I apply the cold mask on my face. Keeps me awake and hey better skin.

      so you not only have better teeth, you get better skin too. another advantage of CFA 😀

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      These are a few things I’ve picked up over the years that help me to concentrate and, most importantly, get stuff done…

      *Hit the gym or go for a run. Getting the blood pumping tends to revive me. Plus it reduces some fidgeting and improves quality of sleep & relaxation.

      *Regulate coffee intake (every now and then): I find that by reducing coffee intake every now and then (to maybe 1 coffee/day for a week or more), when I then do have coffee the caffeine will makes my crazy hyperactive and improves my memory and creativity. Not to mention that coffee can be a pretty savage appetite suppressant, which means that while you’re filled to the eye-balls with coffee, your body might not be getting the nutrients it needs to operate at 100% efficiency.

      *Sleep. If you can manage to get plenty of sleep your work/study/thinking/exercise time will (in most cases) be more effective than if you were doing it in a sleep-deprived state.

      *Don’t multi-task. Try not to multi-task. I find this to be freaking difficult, which is why I migrate to the library and turn off internet when I want to study. I know that I can do 4 or 5 things at once, but when it comes to highly detailed stuff (including study) it’s better to focus solely on the one task so you know if back-to-front. It’s the best way to get something drilled deep into your memory.

      *Time management. I live in 40 minute (and sometimes 20 minute) time periods. For the best part of 10 years in business I’ve timed just about everything I do, racing against a countdown computer on my phone or watch. Sounds incredibly anal (and it probably is) but it works for me. The reason is to make sure I don’t screw around and lose an hour on something that should take 30 or 40 minutes. Ultimately it’s about business efficiency. With study I set my countdown timer on my phone for 20 minutes as I find it more boring than normal work; if I’m still deep in concentration at the 20 minute mark I will hit “go” for another 20 minute period. I try to stand up and go for a 1 -2 minute wander (get a glass of water etc) every 40 – 60 minutes.

      What not to do:

      *Scotch. Good for creativity & relaxation, not so good for study concentration and memory recall.


      @mitch895
      totally amazing you are my man. Those are some seriously good pointers. Thanks a lot!!!

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      @sophie: oh btw, in case you are wondering, yes I am a girl. lol

    • Sophie Macon
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      Trust me @CFAcharterwannabe, I’ve seen men who take more care of their face than me, so I never stereotype these days! :))

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      Trust me @CFAcharterwannabe, I’ve seen men who take more care of their face than me, so I never stereotype these days! :))

      probably they need to, so those who need not would notice them 😉

    • MockTurtle
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      On exam day the hall will be full of radiant beauties with pearly teeth and glowing skin!

    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      @sophie lol that is true. Honestly my brother takes better care of himself than me 😀

    • CFAcharterwannabe
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      @MockTurtle now that is called dreaming and dreaming big 😛

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