Studying while traveling might not be the most fun way to spend your time abroad. However, if you’ve decided to enter the college life and have an admission test coming up, you’ll have to make time for both pleasure and pain. So, here are a few suggestions that will hopefully help you prepare for your admission test without having to give up on your passion for traveling.
Make time and use it wisely
When traveling, it’s natural that you want to spend some time sightseeing, tasting the local food, meeting new people, etc. However, keep in mind that your time is limited, so you have to use it wisely. Read your books and notes while traveling by bus or plane, or listen to the audio material if you have it. Also, don’t spend the whole day sightseeing – organize your time so you can dedicate a few hours every day just to reading and studying. If you’re with your friends, don’t party until the next morning and lose the entire next day on curing your hangover. This doesn’t mean you can’t take a couple of days off to relax and rest a bit, as long as you take your studying seriously.
To be able to study while traveling, you need to stay focused and have plenty of energy. Thus, try to avoid unhealthy snacks and junk food as much as possible. Instead, opt for fruit like avocado and blueberry. When you start craving something sweet, dark chocolate with at least 70% of cocoa is good for concentration. If you prefer eating out, check the menu for leafy vegetables, tomato, and fish. If you like snacking on something simple while studying, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are great for your brain. Lemon water is also a simple and effective way to boost your energy levels. In short, instead of drowning yourself in coffee, improve your diet with tasty and healthy energy-boosting food.
Do some research
Use the advantages of the digital age and gather as much helpful material as you can. You can surely find tests and reviews that can help you prepare, and maybe you can ask people who have passed the test to offer you some helpful advice. Also, assuming you want to get a degree so you can find a better job and generally make a better life for yourself, it’s important to consider the college ROI when choosing where to study. You don’t want to end up jobless, paying off a huge student loan that would pretty much prevent you from traveling ever again. So, make use of the technology and gather information about both your desired college and its admission test.
Use the apps and gadgets
When studying, you need to eliminate all the distractions. Stay away from social networks – there are many apps that can help you resist the temptation by blocking any websites you consider distracting. You can also get some quality noise-canceling headphones to help you focus on reading while being on the road. If you can download your material, consider buying an e-reader so you don’t have to print anything and carry all the books with you. Finally, make sure your laptop is up to the challenge, since you’ll be using it a lot and you might have trouble fixing it if it breaks down during your trip.
Think about the location
When booking a hotel room, think about the location. You want to be able to focus on studying, so a hotel in the middle of a city or a room above a nightclub might not be the best choice. Of course, you don’t want to be too far from your point of interest, but consider more options before choosing one. Do some research on the neighborhood and the nearby facilities to help you decide. If you’re not traveling alone and there isn’t much you can do about the hotel location, see if you can get a room in the part that’s not facing a noisy pool or club. If there really is nothing you can do to reduce the potential noise, make sure the noise-canceling headphones you bought are comfortable.
Preparing for your admission test can be quite stressful, even more so when traveling and trying to fit both fun and studying into your schedule. However, if you organize your time well, you’ll have nothing to worry about. Use the technology you have, do some research, adjust your diet, and you are guaranteed to pass the test with flying colors.