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Students tend to develop bad habits as they grow and progress in their education. The most common of these habits is the “bad reading habit.” The problem is that these habits are the reasons why most of them think they are not making any real progress in life. These bad habits are unhealthy for their level and progress, but in this article, we are going to talk about how to get rid of bad habits and build good ones.

a young student reading
a young student reading

It takes expertise to study effectively. Consequently, it is easy to separate your routines into ineffective and productive study habits. We have compiled a list of poor study habits of college students so that you can stay away from them in an effort to improve your academic performance.


Stop your bad reading habits right away!

Academic life is not complete without studying. And doing it well is crucial for success because, frequently, obtaining a degree is insufficient. You’ll eventually learn what works and what doesn’t for you.

Examples of bad study habits are included on this list so you may decide if you engage in any of them. If so, it’s time to stop so that your study efforts can provide greater outcomes.

The following habits are bad for you as a student, bad for your students as a teacher, and bad for your children as a parent. Try your best to avoid these bad habits!

  1. CRAMMING: Procrastination and cramming go hand in hand. If you wait until the last minute to study for an exam, you’ll probably end up memorizing or comprehending the material. Although this might be effective in the near term, you must remember that the majority of subject matter is cumulative and builds upon your prior knowledge. Therefore, learning knowledge at the last minute is not a good idea because what is learned rapidly is also likely to be forgotten quickly.

Start by doing a little bit of homework each night after class. In this manner, you can gradually assimilate information and truly retain what you learn.

  • MULTITASKING: The reality is that you aren’t genuinely focused when you multitask, despite the fact that it could seem like a smart idea because you feel like you can accomplish numerous tasks in less time. People who concentrate on one thing at a time learn more and are more effective. You are less likely to recall knowledge if your brain is continuously changing tasks. Additionally, you may exhaust yourself more rapidly.

Make a strategy, set priorities for your tasks, prioritize studying first, and minimize multitasking. You shouldn’t move on to the next item on your list until you have completed the previous one.

  • MISSING CLASSES: Whether you attend lectures in person or online, doing so will ultimately improve your learning. You will already possess the background information required to fully comprehend the topic because you will have studied the subject matter that was initially offered to you in class. When you miss class, you’ll also need to spend a lot of time catching up by copying notes or consulting your classmates. You may spend that time studying and reviewing what you’ve previously learned instead.

Attending class is the only way to avoid missing it! To fit everything in around your class schedule, make a note of your schedule in advance. The good news is that you can be more flexible with your schedule if you decide to attend an online school. This is especially true if you enroll in a school that offers recorded classes, allowing you to choose when and where you want to learn.

  • ALLOWING DISTRACTIONS: Avoid being distracted! Distractions, like multitasking, divert your attention from your goals. As a result, you should create a dedicated study area that is free from distractions. Put your phone in do not disturb mode, turn off the TV, and get to work.
  • INEFFICIENT NOTE TAKING: You should take notes if you are in class, which you should be doing. You will have reference material to refer to in order to review what you learned in class. If you don’t have any notes, start making some now! It appears as though you are not taking them if they are dispersed or difficult to locate while you are taking them. Try out several note-taking techniques to see which works best for you.
  • SKIPPING BREAKS: Regardless of how engaged, you are while studying, remember to take pauses. Breaks give your brain time to process and remember the information. Additionally, you avoid weariness by taking a pause to recharge your brain. Check out this list of healthy study break activities for the body and mind.
  • EATING UNHEALTHY: Despite the fact that it might not seem like it, what you put into your body will have an impact on how you study. Your brain and body will slow down if your diet badly and consume a lot of high-sugar and high-fat foods. In their study “Nutrition and Students’ Academic Performance,” released by Wilder Research, the researchers discovered that consuming trans and saturated fats can impair memory and learning. Instead of bringing fatty and sugary items, think about packing nutritious and convenient on-the-go snacks like apples, almonds, Greek yogurt, raw vegetables, hummus, or roasted chickpeas.

If you are able to get rid of these bad habits and start working on the good ones that I’m going to list below, then you’re on your way to having a massive leveling up in your educational progress.

  1. FIND A GOOD PLACE TO READ: One of the most crucial components of effective reading habits is choosing a nice place to do your homework. An area where you can concentrate and won’t be distracted by loud noises or individuals who continually want your attention is one that is calm and has few distractions.

A calm area in your home, a school or public library, a coffee shop, or any of these can be suitable starting points.

  • MINIMIZE DISTRACTION: Making a wise choice for your study space might be the first step in maintaining your concentration. But wherever you choose to work, there are a variety of distractions that might affect you. Here are some suggestions for reducing these interruptions:
  • TURN OFF YOUR WI-FI: Try shutting off your Wi-Fi if you’re reading on a computer and don’t need it. You can avoid accidentally straying into the distracting areas of the internet by doing this.
  • BE MINDFUL OF YOUR PHONE: It goes without saying that using a phone while driving can be very distracting. To prevent yourself from checking your phone too frequently, try turning off your notifications, hiding it in your luggage, or handing it to a friend. You might also try a focus app that can block distracting apps and set timers for study sessions, such as Forest or Focus To-Do. This way you will read better.
  • STUDY WITH A FRIEND: Whether or not you’re working on the same material, reading with a friend or two can sometimes help you stay accountable and focused. Until it’s time to take a break, make sure you and your study partner are on the same page regarding studying and keeping each other free from interruptions.
  • SPACE OUT YOUR STUDYING: Even if studies have shown that you’re much more likely to forget the information after the test, cramming can still help you do well on a test. Consistent and strategically timed study/reading sessions are necessary to really retain the stuff you have learned (and make exam seasons less stressful).

Instead of waiting until the last minute to study, go over what you’ve studied once a week. If you’re preparing for a test, space out your studying across a period of weeks or even months, depending on the test. This can aid in your long-term memory of the material.

  • SET OBJECTIVES FOR YOUR STUDY SESSIONS: For each study session, establish objectives. These could be content- or time-based. For instance, you might set a goal to study for two hours, go over three textbook chapters, or do both.

If you didn’t get as much done as you had hoped, don’t be too hard on yourself; studying sometimes takes longer than anticipated. Continue to take frequent breaks and plan another study session.

  • GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT: Self-bribery, or rewarding oneself with treats, has been associated with improved self-control and can aid in the development of positive habits. An excellent way to stay motivated to reach your goal is to promise yourself a small reward if you finish the part you set out to do or possibly a bigger reward if you have a productive study session.

Small prizes can include a candy bar, a hot beverage from your preferred coffee shop, a small game of your choosing, or a brief TV episode. A favorite dinner, some quality time with friends, or scheduling time for your favorite pastime can all be greater rewards after a long day of studying or finishing an exam.

  • ATTEMPT PRACTICE EXAMS: Tests and practice exams are well-known for being effective learning and memory aids for pupils. In addition to highlighting knowledge gaps and easing exam anxiety, tests force us to recall information from memory, which is a potent, supported by research, method of retaining what we’ve learned.
  • ASK SOMEONE FOR HELP: If you’re reading, it’s possible that you’ll get stuck on a problem or have trouble following a textbook’s explanation. Someone who can walk you through the problem might give you the new explanation you need. Ask your professor, teaching assistant, friend, or participant in your study group for new perspectives on the subject you’re struggling with. Feel as though you could gain from receiving coaching in a certain subject? Take into account finding a tutor.

Also keep in mind the plethora of online resources you may have at your disposal, such as the Khan Academy. Quick searches on Google or YouTube might also turn up articles or videos that help you understand a subject.

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