You can’t just explain it. You’ve done all you feel necessary with regards to studying, but somehow, your grades aren’t getting better. You see, having study habits that you think are good or, at the very least, okay, but realising that they’re actually super counterproductive to actually retaining any information is not encouraging.
In this post, I’ve tried to highlight 5 study habits you have that just aren’t helping your grades. These are study habits you’ll want to avoid.
Studying With Friends
LOL, uh, this always seems like a good idea, right? You and your friends, chillin’ with some pizza and helping each other cram for that chemistry test. Well, as you might know, this often doesn’t go as planned. Your friends can help keep you “accountable” but that’s…like…it. Using each other for practicing definitions or key terms isn’t as helpful as you might think, but it definitely fools you into thinking you’re studying effectively. You and your friend can quiz each other a little bit, but don’t use that as your only way of studying. Go solo too
Trying To Write Every Word Your Teacher Says
Yes, even if you’re really good at doing this, you shouldn’t. Why? Not only could you be missing key context clues or other points by trying to play Human Recorder throughout the entire class period, you could also be relying too much on your note taking marathon and less time actually reviewing the information. Writing down information isn’t the same as retaining it.
Relying On Highlighting
We’ve all been a victim to over-highlighting, and hey, it happens. But it’s not just an aesthetics thing. When you rely on highlighting to retain information with very little follow up, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Instead of just rereading your highlighted info, use that info to make flashcards or a mock test. Also, consider colour coding your highlighting game. Highlight a new term in a different colour, for example. That way, key terms are harder to lose in a sea of neon yellow.
Relying On Repetition And Memorising Definitions
So, this came as a surprise to me, but repeating a definition from a flashcard like a robot isn’t very helpful in the long run. If you need to know key terms, don’t just be able to repeat some canned, short definition. You need to be able to actually explain it! Repeating the definition of a word is one thing, being able to use it in a short answer question on an exam is another. You want to be able to do the latter.
Only Studying In One Place
If you study too often in one place, you could be totally thrown off when you need to study in a new environment out of the blue. Plus, you’ll end up having a lifestyle in which you only study in one environment but can’t bring yourself to do it in another. Switch it up! It’s good for your brain! Try giving yourself a mini exam in the library instead of your dorm room, or in the kitchen instead of your living room.