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I've been a complete MIA in past week. With exams coming up, I am having hard time managing both real and virtual presence. It's really hard to focus on studies when there are so many things dancing around my head,
I had been wondering what should I do to calm my nerves and solely focus on everything related to my exams? Mannn I got accounting, economics and 5 other subjects to excel and I can't sit around and plan things just in my head. Just then I realized, I could unplug from internet and social media, cut all my family gatherings and other functions to half (since you CAN'T cut them off completely) and try to stick to "you-better-study" schedule. It's going to be hard since I am usually found with gadgets 25 hours a day *sarcasm intended*
There must be other students like me, who are trying to get their minds off other things and get in actions for exams, my advice for all of them is just start from somewhere and make points on every topic you need to focus on. As it's probably too late to start it all over.

I'm planning to go on a blogging break till the mid of June. The exams of freshmen year aren't gonna be easy. I could use all the good wishes and prayers so send them all my way. This time, I can't let Math kill me.
As it did in high school.
Hey, I have a new pal Economics, I need to be friend with it, too.

My current plan is :
- Wake up (whenever you can but preferably early) and make a list of what to learn/practice for a subject.
- Revise what you learned yesterday.
- Drink juices or take a tea break after every hour or two.
- Write along the learning. Everything you've learned or practice, keep a track of that.
- Eat good. Don't let exams bug bite and take away all the foodie happiness away. NOH!
- Keep your hopes up and work hard as much as you can.

Have you ever unplugged? I'd like to know some of your tips. In the meantime, you can email me anything blog or exams related :) WISH ME LUCKK!
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  1. Interesting blog entry mashaAllah about how you wish to excel in your upcoming exams :) For Allah's sake, Noor, I'd like to share with you a few tips and this is coming from a former student who at an Arabic government/public school was ranked one of the top nine students of a class of more than sixty something students I believe and a student who, at the English schools I later moved to, was usually number two or one of the top five or so Alhamdulillah because of some habits I'll share with you inshaAllah younger sis in Islam:

    1) In class, pay close attention to the teachers' lectures as much as possible and avoid distractions. I assume that one of the ways certain students, who almost always get good grades yet still manage to find time for other activities, excel at their studies is simply by listening to their teachers in class.
    2) Whenever you find the opportunity, study, even when you're in the bus or whatever means of transport you're using from home to school check your notes and review whatever lessons you can review.
    3) Like what you said, temporarily avoid those things that may distract you from your goals. Back in high school during exams time I often cut back on my communication with some friends because I chose studies over socializing. So usually when a close friend telephoned back in the nineties, I'd tell her 'sorry, I can't talk to you now, I'm busy studying' this caused me to lose a few friends because of my ignorance of time management then. I say, when you momentarily stop your contact with social media, do study as often as you can while maintaining the relationships you have through whatever means you have as long as you don't neglect the other. And Allah the Almighty knows best.
    4) Not only during examination time should you pray a lot of Tahajjud/Qiyam Al-Layl (for those who aren't familiar with this, this is a Sunnah prayer that a Muslim prays anytime after midnight to before Fajr salah, it is during these hours when any du'a/supplication you make is guaranteed to be answered inshaAllah by Allah's Wisdom) and say your du'as/supplications but on other days communicate with Allah as often as you can. Don't just call upon Allah during times of need; keep talking to Him through du'as/supplications and adhkaar/words of remembrance of Allah and you will inshaAllah be among His close friends whom He always guides to what is best by His Mercy.
    5) Stay away from people who are a bad influence, especially during exams time. Avoid those friends who tend to slack, procrastinate or do things that do more harm than good. Either you study on your own while relying on Allah of course or you also join a good study group.

    Those are a few tips for you sister in Islam and others who are inshaAllah taking their college exams, may Allah the Most Merciful make you pass your exams and bless your college course. Ameen.

    What course are you taking in college, by the way Noor? :)

    Wasalaam from the Philippines/Saudi Arabia,

    1. Your huge comment made me SO happy. I used most of these tips, actually all of them. Thank you for your kind words.
      I am studying business and commerce in college & will take it along.

  2. Sister Noor, just some randomness I wanted to let you know: You, your twin and I share the same date of birth except for the year, I was also born on August 16 :) I enjoy reading and writing poetry too from time to time. May Allah the Most Merciful grant you more wisdom and love for seeking Islamic knowledge for His sake sisters Noor and Areeba. Ameen.

    Wasalaam from the Philippines/Saudi Arabia,

    1. Wow that's a great coincidence. I'm a poetry enthusiastic, you know :)

      Aameen x

  3. Say what?! At least it's only until June! Not like it's a forever thing! I do understand about distractions! Even as I am typing this, I am playing ball with the puppy! One can never seem to get peace and quiet! When I was in school, music worked for me! Helped me block out the world! Even though you will be missed very much, I know studies come first! Glad you have your head on straight and are willing to go the extra mile for your future! Best of luck in everything you are studying for! You are so awesome! Don't forget about us!

  4. Good luck girl,eat healthy and sleep well.You will rock TA-DA:-)

  5. Good luck on your exams!
    I love unplugging from the digital world from time to time. It's a good thing to feel refreshed and not so attached to something electronically!

    Focus on yourself :)

  6. We will miss you! Have a good break!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  7. Good luck for your exams! :)

    -Kathie K

  8. I can never eat healthy during exams. I think that's a good goal to have! I usually binge on potato chips, pasta, and ice cream. Then I claim I am carb-loading...

    Good Luck!

  9. I know how you feel, exams are killing me! Good luck and hopefully your time off is helpful!


  10. Good luck on your exams Noor and enjoy your bloggy break!! It's definitely difficult balancing school responsibilities with blog responsibilities so I feel you. Take Care! -Iva

  11. Woosa.... say that when times are stressful.... WOOSAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    Keep your chin up and don't stress too much. It causes wrinkles ;)

  12. I hope everything goes well! I know things can get stressful, but don't worry. You'll turn out to be fine (and awesome!) Will wait for your update soon! All the best!

  13. Unplugging always feels amazing. Good luck on all of your exams!

  14. Good luck Noor! Sounds like you are working hard :)

  15. Good luck with the exams, Noor! :)

  16. All the best for Exams Noor, I know how theory creeps in Business studies, specially Economics. Keep up with your list you're gonna rock it anyway! :)

  17. This is probably too late to wish you, really sorry, but all the best for your exams, Noor. :) You can do it. :) I haven't been stopping by in awhile because I've been busy too. Sometimes we just can't manage everything all at once, haha. Hope to see you back in mid June. :)

    The Happy Candle

  18. Hi Noor! Welcome back and goodluck with your studies! :)

    - Joyce | http://www.bitsofjoyce.com/

  19. Sounds like you have a good plan in place. Good luck with your exams!


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