Bad Habits To Break When Studying
We all have bad habits we know we need to get rid of. Easier said than done though, right? Well, when you are studying and preparing for a test, there are habits that many of us have that can actually hinder our academic performance, rather than enhance it.
If you want to be successful on that test, then you may want to consider breaking these bad habits:
- Cramming the night before the test. Cramming for a test does not help you learn. In fact, if you do remember in the morning all the stuff you crammed in your head last night, you will not likely remember them tomorrow. Cramming is basically a tool for memorizing and regurgitating the information; not for truly understanding it.
- Giving up your sleep. Of course, it seems logical to stay up the night before and not waste those precious hours sleeping. After all, you have so much studying to do, right? Wrong. This is a terrible idea. If you are tired, you are not going to learn anything. And, even worse, you will be exhausted when the time comes to take the test. Re-think this idea, will you?
- As discussed above, procrastinating will lead you to losing sleep and trying to cram. Work on your time management skills and set yourself up with a good study plan – in advance!
- Eating junk food. When we eat good, we feel good. When we eat junk, we don’t feel good. Eating unhealthy foods as you study and get yourself ready for the test can leave you feeling cranky, bloated, and sick to your stomach. Try eating a well-balanced diet – and a healthy meal before your exam.
These seem like simple things, but sometimes we get so used to not doing them that the habit is hard to break. Start changing them little by little and see how well you feel, and how high your test scores soar!