The Scariest Study Mistakes That Could Come Back To Haunt You

It’s spooky season once again and we’re seeking out the scariest study mistakes you should try to avoid, lest they come back to haunt you…

Want to ward off the curse of these sneaky study villains? Read on to uncover the truth behind these most frightening faux-pas, and to learn how to banish them once and for all!

Petrifying procrastination

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘diamonds are made under pressure.’ But, when it comes to studying, leaving it all till the last minute is a grave mistake.

Not only does procrastination leave you with less time to cover all the information you need, studies show that repetition and revision is essential for committing facts to memory and helping you recall them when you need to. Cramming for a test last minute, stops information from sticking in your brain, and will leave you scrambling for the right answer later on.

Giving yourself a short amount of time to revise or complete an assignment also piles on unnecessary pressure and could leave you feeling seriously stressed. While a certain amount of stress is important to help motivate us, too much stress can minimise focus, disrupt concentration and even mess with our memory!

So, to guarantee no gruesome last-minute study stress, make sure to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to complete each of your tasks.

The dangers of distraction

We know that sitting down to study doesn’t always feel like the most exciting thing to do. And it can be tempting to stick your favourite Netflix series on in the background, have your social media feeds open in another tab, or blast out your go-to playlist to make studying more fun. But letting these little habits creep in could soon start causing you all kinds of problems.

Not only will distractions like this slow you down and make tasks and learning take much longer, they will reduce your focus and ability to properly retain the information you’re learning.

To eliminate these dangerous distractions, schedule specific times after you’ve studied to sit back and binge that series, scroll through Instagram and sing along to your favourite songs. It will help motivate you to sit down and study first, and be a reward for all your hard work

Monstrous multi-tasking

Managing multiple subjects can feel like a balancing act at times. When you’ve got a long list of assignments or revision topics to get through, it may seem like you need to tackle them all at once and multitask by repeatedly switching between them.

But the reality is, multitasking will only lead to mayhem. Jumping between tasks makes it less likely you’ll actually finish any of them, and will leave you more stressed than when you started!

Instead, note down your tasks in order of priority. Starting with the most important, set a specific amount of time to dedicate solely to this one task. By giving your mind just one thing to focus on, you’ll be able to concentrate better, work faster and ultimately get more done. Ticking that task off the list once you’ve finished will feel great and motivate you to move on to the next.

Leaving the worst till last

You’ve written out your to-do list and there’s one task that you’re absolutely dreading. Do you:

Put it right to the bottom of the list – you’ll deal with it later

Sit and procrastinate all your other work by worrying about it

Or

Get straight to work and complete it right away

Most of us tend to go for a mix of and B, opting to tackle easier tasks first and becoming more and more anxious or frustrated about the horrible task we still have to do.

But the answer we should all be reaching for is, of course, C. Research suggests that the key to productivity lies in tackling your most difficult task first. You might have heard people say that to be successful it’s important to “eat the frog“. As gruesome as this sounds, it works on the same principle – the best way to move forward and achieve your goals is to tackle the most difficult tasks head-on.

Banishing break times

When it feels like you have 101 things to do, or an important test is approaching fast, taking a break from studying might seem counter-productive. But fail to carve out time to relax and you could be heading straight for study doom.

Short, frequent breaks are absolutely essential when you’re studying. Stretching your legs, catching up with a friend or taking the time to do something you enjoy will help you to de-stress, refresh your mind and leave you better prepared to resume studying when you return to your desk. Map out time to complete each of your tasks or revise each topic, then factor in times where you can schedule a break. You’ll thank yourself later!

We hope you can use these cautionary tips to dodge any knowledge-cramming nightmares and make studying a dream!

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