Studying can be tricky sometimes. It may sound like a simple task but in reality studying is a complex process that requires time, textbooks, information, proper conditions and the ability to manage all of those resources successfully. Students in general feel fairly motivated to study and put in a lot of effort, but more effort doesn’t necessarily equate better results. Here are a few common mistakes you may be making that may interfere with your success:
You Overestimate The Time You Have Left Before The Deadline
You check the date when you should be taking the exam and realize that you have two weeks left. After that you feel relaxed and decide to put studying off because two weeks sounds like more than enough. But you forget that in those following two weeks you need to do other stuff too, besides studying and even if you don’t, no one can possibly study more than a few hours a day without feeling mentally tired. So by that estimation, you have much less time to study than ”two weeks”. To avoid this, it’s best to stick to a daily routine of a few hours a day studying, and repeat this routine a reasonable amount of days before the deadline.
See also: How to Stop Procrastinating
You Don’t Do An Overview Before You Start Studying
Most students find it weird to do an overview before studying and usually do it in the end, but this can really help you if you do it before you even start. Over-viewing helps you estimate the amount you need to learn, as well as the time and effort you need to put into it.
You Don’t Consider Alternative Sources Of Information
Sometimes the information written in the original, official college textbooks even though it’s high-quality, can be confusing and reading it from a different source can make it more understandable. Taking a few minutes and googling something you don’t understand from the textbook can help you connect the dots and save you time and frustration.
You Have Poor Organization
Not buying books on time, forgetting dates, not taking important notes, forgetting supplies, all of these things can have a significantly negative impact on your success. Imagine how frustrated would you feel if you worked and studied hard for your math exam, only to realize 5 minutes before the exam that you forgot your calculator at home, and you can’t borrow it from anyone. That’s why organizing your supplies and keeping track on important dates is one of the most important things to take care of in college, no matter how trivial it sounds.
You Rely On Shortened Versions Made From Other Students
Studying from shortened scripts can seem like it will save you a lot of time, when you compare them to the original textbooks, but often these scripts can be limited, vague, and college professors can detect it very well and generally have a negative impression. Studying from shortened versions can also be more difficult in some cases, because the information is poorly elaborated and therefore not too comprehensible.
You Have A Habit To Multitask
People often multitask because they believe it saves them time, but studies have shown numerous times that in fact the opposite is true. The time you spend shifting your focus from one task to another, when you multitask makes you take longer to finish a task and multitasking also makes it more likely you will make mistakes.
You Can Easily Frustrated If You Can’t Understand Something The First Time You Read It
It’s normal not to be able to comprehend every single paragraph the first time you read it, especially if your focus is not very high, so it’s important to keep your patience and read it a few times before you understand it. Scientific textbooks are filled with data, details and connections and it’s natural that you are going to need more reading before understating it.
You Trust And Rely On Hear-Say Information
Students often believe rumors that are circulating in their groups regarding the difficulty of a certain subject for example, or the content of the exam. Often times, these rumors turn out to be false. You should keep what you hear around in mind, but it’s best not to rely on it.
You Lose Track On The Lectures
And by doing that you miss the opportunity to ask questions that may make it easier for you to understand the subject. Lectures are more comprehensible than textbooks because teachers present it better, and you have the opportunity to ask questions.
You Get Overly Anxious
Yes, college is meant to be taken seriously and a little anxiety can be beneficial because it pushes you to work harder. However, worrying to the point where it interferes with your sleep and normal functioning is counterproductive and unhealthy.