As a perfectionist, I have always strived for academic excellence, but it was no easy task. I’ve compiled my studying habits into five main points for anyone who wants to learn how to study more efficiently:
As much as I hate to say it, sleep is crucial. Right before an exam, there’s nothing more I wanted to do than stay up until the sun rises to ensure I knew every last detail, but later learned that this was far from ideal. In the morning, I would be so exhausted that I could barely keep my eyes open. Imagine how I performed on the exam! I quickly learned that the answer is to consistently get your required amount of sleep, and this is different for everyone. Most studies suggest approximately eight hours, but I know many people who need a minimum of ten to function properly. For me, it is only six. Regardless of what it is, sleep is important. Not only does it allow your brain to absorb what you have already studied, but it allows you to be awake for that oh-so-important exam!
I love having my alone time. My hobbies are pretty simple: reading and writing. The problem here was that I always wanted to read and write fantasy, not Shakespeare’s sonnets! A quick tip to pick up on here is understanding priorities. Whether you enjoy video games, going out with friends, or reading a book, having your priorities straight is essential to success. Make sure you are in a comfortable position with your studies before you go out and party!
Balancing your life is critical. You can’t enjoy yourself if you are studying nonstop, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t study at all. The best course of action is to sculpt a way to be content while still being able to maintain your desired average, and of course, reach your goals!
Managing stress can be difficult, but not impossible. Days before the test, I would find myself happily invested in my studies. I would have almost everything memorized until the day before the test, where everything would go downhill. All of a sudden, I couldn’t remember a thing! This is a scientifically proven side effect of stress. Take a breather, relax, and collect your thoughts when you study. It will prove helpful in the long run!
Drowning in misery has never helped anyone! There is no harm in being optimistic. In fact, studies have shown that it can actually improve your test scores. Don’t forget to set goals for yourself either! Tell yourself, “I know I can get 100%” and you will be surprised how well you will actually perform. Be proud of your achievements!
All in all, it’s important to balance your life. Hang out with friends, enjoy some time alone, and do whatever makes you happy. Most importantly, if you can find the time…study! As simple as they may seem, these five habits resulted in true success for me, and I know they can do the same for you!