4 Mistakes to Avoid While Studying
Revision and studying is often considered a chore. However, most students are aware that these tasks help them keep their memory fresh and improve their understanding of a subject. How can we make studying less tedious? Here’s some common mistakes to avoid while studying:
1. Limiting yourself
Before setting up a routine, figure out what ‘studying’ means to you. Students learn differently and require different environments for concentration. However, most students usually emulate what others do when studying, without finding out if these methods work for them. Try out different methods before settling on the one you enjoy the most. You may benefit from watching videos on the topic while your friend enjoys making bullet-point or colour-coded notes in a silent room.
2. Getting distracted
Distractions are not only limited to screens or notifications, but include less noticeable factors such as room temperature, the subject or ambient noise. Besides setting aside time and finding a quiet, comfortable place to study, you should also take note of your mental state. Students sometimes feel overwhelmed by the prospect of studying and are more prone to seek out distractions. If you encounter this, break down the topic into smaller pieces to make it less daunting.
3. Being unrealistic
Juggling multiple subjects and keeping track of topics can be stressful. It is important for students to make sure that their own goals and schedule for studying are manageable. Improvement in academics is not only represented in a quantifiable manner and studying purely to improve exam results can lead to students being demotivated if there is no obvious payoff. You should also give yourself smaller goals that lead to long-term improvement such as boosting your concentration.
4. Giving in to toxic productivity
Studying can feel never ending, especially when you continue learning topics that get tougher and tougher. If you feel like you’re never doing enough despite studying without breaks or feel like you need to study more, you might be affected by toxic productivity. This mindset only leads to students who are burnt out, as they wear themselves out and become less efficient learners. Practice taking breaks without feeling guilty and allow your brain to fully rest and process the information it has.
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