SPM is getting nearer now, have you focus spm more than before? If you are still relaxing at this time, better push yourself from now. As requested by @NaniesRoslin on SPMSoalan’s Twitter, this post would a guide you on The Ways to Stay Focus on SPM.
1. Set study goals to get focus on SPM
First things first; start with the basics and set your study goals. Ask yourself why SPM is important to you. To graduate from secondary school is definitely, but you should think further. What are you going to become in the future? A doctor, or an engineer? No matter what, SPM certificate is the first key to open your bright future. Knowing your objectives completes half the job.
2. Make a study timetable
Once you know what you want, the next step is to prepare a weekly study timetable. Set a routine for everything. Your timetable could include the time you should go to bed, the time you should have your meals, and – most importantly – the time you should spend on studies. There is no hard and fast rule and you should of course allow some flexibility depending on how things go. But establishing a routine is essential, and do try to stick to your study timetable as best as you can.
Your timetable should include every subject you are going to revise in SPM. Change your timetable every week. This could prevent feeling bored to stay with the timetable. Try your best to follow the timetable and allow some time to take a short break. This short break may help you to focus SPM revision better.
3. Learn to say no
Now, I am not asking you to give up all your social activities, but you have to take some bold steps. First, start from your mobile phone. You should begin to cut down the time spent on social network now. Stated by David Jr. the author of Malaysia-asia.com, we Malaysian student spent average 3.3 hours on social media a day.
You can finish 1 chapter of Sejarah, if you spend the 3 hours on studies.
If someone is asking you to chat, when you are studying, tell them you’re busy – and let them know when would be a better time. Again, you can tell them your timetable. In short: learn to say no when you know you really should. Don’t be afraid being outcast by your friend, they would understand you need to focus spm now.
4. Eliminate distractions
Have you ever tried to watch the television while you’re studying? I bet you did once or even more. So, what have you remember after that? Nothing, I could say. There are a lot of distractions around you when you are trying to stay focus to your spm. Shut down the television, radio, and your smartphone. According to the report done by University of California, any tiny noise could easily affect our concentration. Read the article here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ask-the-brains-background-noise/ . Therefore, try to eliminate those noise around you to focus SPM studies better.
In fact, I would check my phone if there’s any notification, even though I am studying. This could waste a 5 to 10 minutes for me to scroll through facebook or twitter. Therefore, the best way to focus SPM is by shutting down your phone. Food is also a great distraction when we are studying for SPM. Avoid eating high calories tidbits, and carbonated drinks. These food and drink would make you feel sleep during the revision. You can replace them by some fruits or raisin.
If it’s possible, you can try to lock yourself in the room. This is the best way to eliminate all distractions to focus spm better.
5. Stay focused on your priorities
Self-help is the key here. No one else is going to stop you from doing what you want, but you’re the one who will face the consequences if you fail to score well in SPM. Remember, you still have less than 100 days when you read this post.
What is your priority in SPM? You want to Improve your SPM Paper 1 result? You want to strengthen your weakest subject? Focus on your priorities first, before you move on to next revision for spm. For example, you want to revise Sejarah and Mathematics today. What you should do is that, focus on one of the subjects first. Never try to study both at the same time, you would end up learning nothing.
What I do to stay focused is keep a diary with me. I have written all my study goals and priorities in it and when I have spare time (while waiting for the bus and before going to bed) I take a thorough look at them. You could do the same, or even paste some posters on your room’s wall.
6. Boost your motivation
As we have written the previous post, motivation makes you focus SPM for more. You can achieve better result through self-motivation. Read 5 Tips to get Motivation in SPM, to learn how it can help you focus SPM better. Motivation gives you much energy to strike for your A+ in spm. You may write down your aim on a paper, then paste it on the wall or your study table. This makes you to focus SPM revision all the way until the examination day.
Follow these study tips and stay focused on your goals, and you should find focus spm studies is an easy task. How do you concentrate for SPM? Comment and let me know below.