3 study habits you need to quit

Throughout the school year, you are likely faced with *tons* of tests and quizzes that you only have a limited amount of time to study for. Your after-school hours can be filled with sports practice, family obligations, and social activities (those Chick-fil-A dates are important, of course).

From football games to student government meetings and everything in between, you might forget how to balance it all — and how to prep for that chemistry quiz you have tomorrow. (And seriously, who wants to spend hours memorizing the periodic table?)

The best thing you can do is study efficiently. And that means eliminating those useless study habits that you *so* easily get caught up in. Not sure where to start – and what to stop? Finishing these three will set you up for your most successful school year yet!

1. Studying what you already know

Before you sit down to read the books, it’s a good idea to think of a few topics you *really* need to read through. Maybe you didn’t fully understand mitosis when your biology teacher explained it. Or you caught yourself drifting off while your math teacher was doing an example of integration. Whatever those topics were that confused you, it’s important that you get them out of the way first.

Similarly, don’t get into the habit of studying the topics you’re comfortable with *before* you’ve mastered the ones you stumbled upon. Only go back and review some of the things you are familiar with if you have time (trust us on this one, please).

2. Worrying about things beyond your control

Once you’ve put the books away and are ready to give your eyes a rest (and do a little skin care, ofc), you may be feeling extra anxious for your test tomorrow. What if the subject matter you have mastered does not help with the test? What if there are questions that leave you speechless?

While these thoughts are valid, they are not very helpful. Worrying about something beyond your control is not productive. All you can do is prepare in the best way and learn the material you think is necessary. There’s no point worrying about what tricks your teacher may or may not have up their sleeve. Relax, bb – you got this!

3. Sleeping too little the night before

It can be *so* tempting to cram most of your study into the night before a big test. Unfortunately, this can undermine the good night’s sleep your body craves. If you think you need more than one night to go over Greek myths or work on geometric practice problems, make sure you give yourself that extra time.

We give you one last tip that can help you fully master the art of studying: Go to sleep when you are no longer productive. You know the feeling: your eyes go limp and you start reading the same sentences over and over again, without really understanding what they mean. If you find yourself at that point, do yourself a favor and close the books before you waste too much time, don’t real get something done.

And finally, when it’s all said and done, reassure yourself that you know this stuff! We believe in you, always.

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