Stop studying so much–trust me!

At first thought, what I’m saying doesn’t make much sense. How will not studying help me study? The thing is, that is the key: you can’t always be studying!

Four students studying, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Studying is an incredibly important part of college. Compared to high school, you learn way more, and exams usually count for a large portion of your grade. The logical course of action seems to be to study your butt off, but in my experience, this rarely helps.

The best advice I can give you is to stop studying so much. Your mind and body need breaks from the constant grind and long study periods aren’t as effective as they seem. Instead, consider the following:

  1. Study a little bit every day instead of all at once. This method may seem scary to those who always cram the day before a test, but you will actually understand the material on a deeper level and retain the information for longer when you study this way. So, when it’s finally test day, you won’t sweat it!
  2. Move your body. On those days when you’re studying a bit more than normal, don’t forget to get up and move around. Taking a lap around your dorm and stretching will clear your head and help you refocus on the task at hand.
  3. Don’t ignore your interests! Studying is important, but so is your personal growth. Make sure to take time to hang with your friends, read a book, listen to music, play a video game, or do anything else for yourself. In my personal experience, being happy leads to success.

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