We’re nearly halfway through the spring semester and midterms are fast approaching—so it’s time to focus. That doesn’t necessarily mean more studying; it can just mean hitting the books more effectively. If you want to boost your grades, here are some bad study habits to give up this March.
Crunching the Clock
It can be so easy to put it off until the last minute. But if you’re rushed, you’re probably not going to turn in your best work. Sure, some of us work best with the pressure of a deadline. But when you push everything off and then rush to catch up, there’s also no room for things like thoughtful revision, fact-checking, and proofreading. Try breaking the work down into manageable chunks to do daily instead.
Right Idea, Wrong Place
Where you study matters. You tend to study best where you think best—and won’t face a lot of distractions. Different people need different environments. Some need total silence. Others prefer the slight background activity of a coffee shop. Some study best in their rooms, others in libraries. Find the place where you feel you get your best work done and make that place your study spot.
Snapchat & Study
Your notifications are blowing up, but turn that phone over and keep working. According to a study from the University of California, Irvine it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task you interrupted. And you know how easy it can be to fall into responding to all those notifications and next thing you know, a half hour of study time is gone. Best to turn your phone off when you’re studying.
Study With Your Sidekicks
Yes, you’ve all got papers to do and midterms to study for—but you might not want to study together. Your college friends will be friends for decades; there’s no need to spend every minute hanging out together right now. If you find your friends are too much of a distraction, consider studying with others from your classes or alone instead.
It’s never a bad time to give up poor study habits. Good luck on your midterms, and have fun on Spring Break!