Study Habits to Adopt and to Avoid

Amanda Boyer

Need help studying for finals?

Here are a few study habits that could be hurting your grade:

1. Cramming for a test.

USAToday.com states that there are scientific studies that show that real learning comes from the process of revisiting material repeatedly. Even if cramming for your tests work out, it is only a short-term solution, since you likely won’t remember the content after the test is over.

2. Multitasking.

hercampus.com reports that all that multitasking does is distract and that the best thing to do is to put down everything and just focus on one thing at a time. Instead of texting or binge watching Netflix while doing homework, make a deal with yourself to watch Netflix or text after you are done with your homework. This will motivate you into doing your homework quicker than you would have and give you a reward after you are done.

3. Choosing the wrong environment.

hercampus.com also reports that when students choose the wrong environment they are essentially multitasking because of all of the possible distractions. Instead, students should choose a quiet place and choose the place that allows you to be at your most productive.

4. Re-reading the textbook.

USAToday.com states that it is important to actively read your textbook. Active reading strategies include: reading over the material, drawing pictures of the material, writing lists about the material, and discussing with a partner and then testing each other. It is through using these active strategies that it is easier for students to retain information.

Here are a few study habits that you should adopt:

1. Take every opportunity to study.

ecpi.edu says that if you are offered an after-class study session or a possible extra credit opportunity, take it. Even if it means moving some things around in your schedule, it will be worth it in the end.

2. Sleep.

huffingtonpost.com writes that students in college should be getting eight hours of sleep a night. Sleeping eight hours helps your critical thinking skills as well as your overall health. Studies have shown that the students who sleep six hours or more had higher GPA’s than those who slept less than six hours.

3. Manage your time.

The best thing that a student can do is help themselves. By staying organized, you will cut down your workload and your procrastination in the long run.

4. Go to class.

huffingtonpost.com says that, although it may seem obvious, the best way to prepare for tests is to attend class and participate. By going to class, you have already begun the process of reviewing and that will help you prepare for any exams.

For more information on which study habits you should develop and which you should avoid, visit this link.

Also, leave a comment with your study habits.

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