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There are many bad study habits that you could fall into. It is important to know what these are and why you should avoid them. There are also many good habits which you should do, but we will cover that another day. If you want some good habits now, you could read ‘7 habits you should do daily’ .
In this post we are going to go over 4 Bad Study Habits that are common among students, but you really shouldn’t be doing.
1 – Cramming
If you do this… why? Cramming has sooo many bad points. If only you used active recall. When you cram the night before a test, you take in all the information at once. And you expect it all to be stored in your long term memory? Chances are you will forget half the information before the test. Also, your quality of sleep could be sacrificed if you stay up until midnight cramming and only gets couple of hours sleep.
2 – Pulling All-Nighters
I have never pulled an all-nighter and I don’t ever plan to. Why would I? The latest I have ever stayed up was 3 am at a sleep over in Year 7 and I was exhausted the next day. When you stay up all night without any sleep, well, you don’t get any sleep. Some people have trained themselves to function with very little sleep (this is not a great thing to do) – but that doesn’t mean you should. If you pull your first all-nighter the night before a test, you will be too tired to think straight. If you think you need more time to study, get up early and study in the morning.
3 – Prioritising Study over Homework
Now, this one is tricky because it’s not always bad. If you have a really important Maths test, and your homework is for Art, you should probably study maths first (or you could do the Art homework first to get it out of the way). Well, at least you should prioritise the maths revision. However… homework can sometimes act as revision because it is covering the topics you are learning about in class. Why wouldn’t you do that? It’s revision handed to you on a silver platter! Always do your homework!
4 – Last but not least… Skipping Classes
Why, out of all things, would you choose to skip a class? You miss out on all the juicy information that you could be taking notes on and you won’t have the right information when you sit down to study. Or you could miss out on Science practical (which my class always love) or a lesson where we don’t do any work (although these are rarely seen as we get older). Please, why would you do this to yourself? I have never skipped a class and I never will! Have you? Will you? I hope you don’t – but if you, don’t skip an important class.
Thank you for reading this quick blog! I hope you learned something… whether it was not to pull all-nighters or that homework actually has a purpose. I post every Wednesday and Sunday at 12:00.