“Indeed, with hardship (will be) ease.”
[Quran 94: 6]
After a long, tiring period of sleepless nights of strenuous studying for exams, the humane thing to do is to give your body and mind the rest they deserve is it not? Aye, when we have struggled so, we best seek some rest by replenishing our mind, body and soul. Some of us however, decided to be too human by letting ourselves rest too much. So, the question here lies within how long do these justified rest lasts?
The majority of students truly start their revisions around exam seasons. Now this wouldn’t be a problem if the students do conform to the word ‘revision’; where instead of learning, they use the revision period to actually revise the lessons they have learned before. Students cramming everything they have learnt in a very short time is a common sight though.
Cramming is totally doable for many studies here and there states that taking long hours in studying alone does not guarantee a conducive studying session. Many researches has elucidated that the fundamental basis of a productive studying session includes proper preparations, settings, techniques and concentration. Now imagine all this, but in a longer period.
If some of you are still unsure of the answer to the title by now, then yes, I am actually suggesting you to study after the exam. The aim of this article is NOT to outweigh between studying techniques and the amount of time invested in studying itself. The purpose of me writing this article is to highlight the benefits of starting things ahead of time.
“So when you have finished (your duties), then stand up (for worship).”
[Quran 94: 7]
This is the sahih international translation of the verse but I would like to extract the context of this ayah from a different point of translation as interpreted by some mufassirs (interpreters); which is as to continue working after one has finished their previous tasks. When a man struggles and puts in a lot of effort for a certain task, and when this job gets completed, the next thing to do is to move on and to continue with the next available task. By all means, go ahead and be sure to give yourself the rest needed to stock up the supply that fuels you before heading towards that journey.
A stressful environment interrupts one’s concentration and their ability to comprehend; two crucial items needed in the process of learning. It is undeniable that with minimum amount and at an early stage, stress can improve concentration BUT within a very short period of time. This does not work long term because with time, more concentration is demanded to overcome the effects of the stress itself.
After exam period is a time when your heart and mind both feel at its most tranquil. Your head is clear and you feel like time is once again at your side. These are the ideal circumstances of a conducive studying session and thus it is wise to grab this opportunity once it struts our way.
Another key towards successful learning is repetition, or in other words, repeated revisions. One of the important components of putting this action to work is the allocation of time for it, and what better way to find them than to start things early. Sophie Lumley et al. mentioned in her study that more hours placed in academic study during term and revision periods is a contributing factor for a higher academic achievement amongst students.
Let us recall the purpose of us going to education institutions. Is it not to equip and assist us with the knowledge to face life, on top of other reasons? When this objective is deluded with the misconception that remarkable results on printed paper equals to achievement, our mind got clouded and tends to focus more on passing the exams instead of studying for the sake of learning.
Studying after the exams also promotes the idea that the students are studying, learning for the sake of themselves. Studying at the last hour defeats the purpose of learning because they tend to study for the sake of passing the exams and this approach results in a poor long term memory. These people might end up struggling much more in their attempts to keep up with life later on.
Thus, with all being said, let us make studying a habit and start things early.