Studying is devoting time and attention to gain knowledge on a specific subject. Although it may seem like a relatively easy thing to do, I find that the older I get, the less motivation I have to do it. There’s a different between stress-studying and studying out of habit. I believe that on average, stress-studying is the kind of studying that most college students tend to do. Pulling an all-nighter, the night before a big test or quiz seems to be the go-to move for most students. This is a very bad study habit to create, although if you ask some people they’ll tell you that it works for them.
I don’t disagree that it might work for some people, however there are other methods of studying that have proven to be more effective. My personal experience with studying is to think of it as homework. This might not work for everyone because some people don’t mind not doing their homework. My advice to people that do, is to make it a part of your homework schedule. If you think of studying as homework or something that you have to turn in the next day you will be more likely to get it done. So, changing your mentality about studying would be the first step.
Location plays a very important part in studying. I personally study and do homework better when I’m not around a lot of people because I tend to get distracted. For example, doing homework in the middle of the commons wouldn’t be productive for me; but if I moved down to the underground, then I’ll be able to get my work done and focus. If studying around a lot of people doesn’t bother you then that’s great, but other distractions like television, music, and your phones can defeat the purpose of studying. The ultimate purpose of studying as stated earlier is to gain knowledge. So, allowing yourself to be distracted by other things can ultimately hinder you from learning the information needed for tests and exams.
My last piece of advice would be to study every day. Even though it sounds like a lot to do it will prove to be helpful. Even if it’s just for ten minutes after class while the information is fresh in your brain, it is better than waiting until the last minute, and then trying to cram all the information in your head then night before. Create good study habits now so that the rest of your college life will be easier.