Study myths exposed
Everyone has different opinions when it comes to what the best way to study is. But here we will expose some of the study myths that many students are guilty of.
Myth #1: Spending more time studying means definitely getting better marks
While spending more time studying may contribute to better marks in assessments, if you are not studying effectively then you might not see your marks improve. It is all about learning how to study effectively, not devoting all your hours to studying.
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Myth #2: If I want to get good marks, I have to sacrifice my free time
Getting good marks in your assessments does take real work and time. However, keeping a healthy balance between your study routine and your personal time will actually help you perform better academically. Without any time for yourself to relax and de-stress, you will lose motivation to study and the quality of your work dramatically decreases. Even if you have days off to spend with your family or friends, you will still have plenty of time to study.
Myth #3: I study better last minute and under pressure
This is a common phrase from people who procrastinate their studies until the week before exams. There is no such thing as ‘studying better’ in the final days before the exam – this just means that you will have to cram every topic in a very limited period of time, and won’t have enough time to properly understand the content or do any practice tests (which is one of the most important parts of your study routine).
Myth #4: If I start studying for exams too early, I’ll just forget what I revised
While it might seem like it, your brain doesn’t really forget what you have learned. You should start studying early for your exams – when you revisit what you learnt later, the information is already in the back of your mind and you will be able to retain the information much more easily, compared to if you just read/study it once before the exam.
Myth #5: I have a dedicated study area because it helps me study better
It might seem effective to devote a space for study, but research shows that changing up your study locations help with retaining information. Instead of sticking to studying at your desk at home, try studying at the library, the park or a café. One researcher wrote, ‘What we think is happening is that, when the outside context is varied, the information is enriched, and this slows down forgetting’.