We all try to make the most of our study sessions. After all, the way you study directly affects how well you do during exam time. That’s why we’re calling out a few studying myths we’ve heard floating around that just need to be put to rest.
1. You should always stick with the same study environment to stay productive.
There’s a common belief that you should always sit down at your desk or in the library when you study. It seems like it makes sense…those are designated study areas. But did you know it’s actually helpful to switch up where you study? A new location will refresh your mind, which can actually motivate you to focus and stay productive! Why not move your study session outdoors for a day?
2. Studying longer is a foolproof method for good grades.
You may be happy to hear that taking regular study breaks is essential. You’ll retain information better when your mind actually has time to process it. Even further, the longer you study doesn’t even necessarily mean you’ll do better. It’s all about studying smarter, not longer!
3. Studying should involve re-reading your notes over and over.
Speaking of studying smarter, did you know that just rereading your notes isn’t always an effective study method? It’s typically the go-to approach, but taking practice quizzes can often give you much better results. Give it a shot!
4. Pulling an all-nighter will keep the material fresh in your mind.
Many students swear by cramming their studying in at the last minute. Even worse—some even plan all-nighters just to do so! Contrary to popular belief, studies actually suggest that you’ll retain less information when you’re under stress. And as for the all-nighter aspect? Sleeping actually helps memory recall—so don’t skip out on it!
5. You don’t need to take notes because the PowerPoint is online.
As soon as the professor announces you can access each lecture’s PowerPoint online, everyone is so quick to put down their pens and sit back. This can be a major drawback when it comes time to sit down and study, though. Having the information and understanding the information are two separate things! If anything, print out the slides and use the margins to jot down additional notes that will help you actually understand while you’re studying.