7 Things To Avoid When Studying for Exams

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7 Things To Avoid When Studying For Exams

Exam season is right around the corner, and students from all over the world have buried their heads in the books right now. Students think if they study for long hours, they will probably score the best grades possible. However, that is not the case every time! You can still get low scores and grades even after you study hard, only if you make the common exam mistakes!

There are a lot of students who know how to study for exams to get good grades effectively. But unfortunately, some students try their best; but fail to use the proper, right, and effective tactics and routines. With that being said, even when you are 100% sure you are studying effectively, chances are you are not.

So, are you a student wanting to know what those common mistakes are? Don't worry. As always, we are here to help you out! It is extremely important to keep a few things in mind while studying for exams, and some common mistakes need to be avoided too.

Here are the seven things students should avoid when studying for exams, at any cost:

1. Comparisons

The most common mistake students make comparing themselves to their peers; which is wrong, especially during exam season. The more you will compare yourself to other students, the more pressured and stressed you will feel. This stress will eventually make you less focused on studying while impacting your exam preparation.

Therefore, students should only focus on themselves and their studies rather than making unnecessary comparisons. Every student should realize they are unique in their own way, and comparisons will only demotivate them. Understanding and working on your own strengths and weaknesses will help you more in acing the exams!

2. Overconfidence

Confidence is a good thing, but overconfidence always sinks the ship. The same is true for students and exams too. You may have performed very well in your previous exams, but don't let that success make you overconfident. Overconfidence will automatically make you study less. So, no matter how well you performed previously, you still need to put in constant efforts to keep achieving. Keep studying and working hard like you know nothing to maintain a consistent exam performance.

3. Studying In Distractions

Do you know what the most common mistake students make? Trying to study in a place full of distractions thinking they are doing it right. Unfortunately, that is not possible. You need to stay away from distractions while studying. However, distraction is not just limited to a room full of people. It also refers to small things like your phone, TV, and, most importantly, social media. Anything that can take your attention and mind away from studying is counted as a distraction. Therefore, try to study in a quiet and comfortable environment with fewer people and your phone away from you.

4. Not Revising

Some students genuinely underestimate the power of revision, and this is what makes them score low or fail their exams. No matter what the concept is and how efficiently you learned it, revision is a must! Constant repetitions of concepts permanently store the information in your mind. Revision helps you truly understand and grasp the concepts while minimizing the risks of forgetting. Students who make the mistake of skipping revision later regret it in the examination hall when they are failed to recall the answer to a question. While on the other hand, students who have revised their lessons enter the examination hall with a boost of confidence.

5. Unhealthy Routine

The next mistake students make while studying for exams is opting for a very unhealthy routine. Now you must be thinking. "What is an unhealthy routine?" right? Well, not sleeping on time, waking up late, not getting sufficient sleep, eating your meals at odd times, and not having a proper timetable for studying; are all these activities that are a part of an unhealthy routine. Moreover, not giving proper time of your day to exercise and physical activities is also unhealthy.

The human body and brain work perfectly with specific health rules. If those health rules are not followed, both your body and mind will not function properly. Eventually, you won't be able to concentrate better on your studies and exams. Therefore, try to opt for a healthy routine, fix your sleep schedule, and eat healthy, especially during exam season.

6. Binge Studying

If you are a student who tries to Binge Study just like you Bing Watch Netflix, that is a mistake. According to scientists, the human brain cannot pay attention to one thing for more than 30 minutes. So, how do you think you can go for binge studying for 8 hours straight. It is not humanly possible. You might feel like you are studying at that time, but trust me, you are not going to remember a thing during the exam.

Therefore, you need to take proper breaks in between studying sessions and don't stretch them for too long. What you can do is make a timetable with short breaks at regular intervals. For example, study for an hour and take a nap, then study for the same amount of time again, watch a show or eat something, and so on. 

7. Procrastination

Last but not least, procrastination is the biggest enemy of a student and the worst mistake too. It just delays and postpones your study time and forces you to waste your time and then score low in exams. Therefore, you need to fight procrastination as much as you can by developing some sort of self-control.

You can also try rewarding yourself with something after each study session so you have the motivation to go back to study again and again.

Final Words

Studying for exams the right way is not a difficult task, and all you need is some guidance. Well, we gave you the right guidance, and now it is your turn to change your ways of studying. Apart from all this, it would be best if you prepared for your exams with a positive attitude and mind. Also, if you avoid the above-mentioned mistakes, we promise you will nail your exams!

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Austin has 10+ years of experience in teaching. He has researched on thousands of students-related topics, issues, and concerns. You will often find him writing about the common concerns of students, their nutrition, and what is beneficial for their academics and health both.