student procrastinating

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Studying – 7 Practical Steps

Have you switched to Facebook or checked the score of your favourite sports just before starting an important, though unpleasant, assignment from your school?

Have you stared at the blank screen of your laptop for long and then moved to something else when writing the first few paragraphs of the paper due next week?

Have you enjoyed planning and brainstorming sessions a lot, but pushed deadlines when it came to execution?

We all have fallen to these when starting out on an important task, and wondered, “How can I move my butt, and then not quit?

how to combat digital distractions

How to Get Rid of Distractions from Smartphones and Internet?

Morning.

You take the seat in your favorite corner, and open your math notes. Today you’re determined to complete the assignment you’ve been procrastinating for almost a week.

However, just before starting, you decide to check your inbox. You check, and you don’t find anything worth your attention. (That’s what is going to happen if you check too frequently.) Because it got done so quickly, your digital-thirst isn’t quenched. You decide to skim your Facebook feed as well. After all, you plan to be off internet for three hours immediately after this.

You’re on a slippery slope now. You like (thumbs up) few pictures, leave few comments, chuckle at a funny video, and then click on a click-bait BuzzFeed article, which lets you slip further to a YouTube video. And then few suggested videos from YouTube’s long list of seductive thumbnails and titles…

By now, you’re neck deep in entertainment and procrastination, ignoring what you set out to do.

Sounds familiar?

self-study vs. group-study

2 Reasons Why Self-Study Is Better than Group-Study

Do you envy your classmates who study in a group? After all, it’s not easy to get illustrious classmates to rub brains with and get the benefit of knowledge of others.

If you do… then, well, you don’t need to. Because you, as a lone soul furrowing through your books and notes, are likely studying more efficiently than your classmates studying in a group.

In this post, I’ll enumerate reasons for and against group-study, and talk why self-study is better. Although there are several arguments in favor of and against each, two very fundamentals of efficient study – how you learn something and how you focus – go in favor of self-study, which kind of outweigh other factors.

That, however, doesn’t mean group-study shouldn’t get a place in your schedule. It should. As you’ll figure out in the latter part of the post, it trumps (no political connotations!) self-study under one condition.

study in daylight to increase productivity

Study Longer Without Getting Tired: Study in Daylight

Sunlight is better known for synthesis of vitamin D in our bodies and for improving our moods. But what is less appreciated is that it can also make us more productive.

If you study in sunlight (not direct exposure, though), you’ll be significantly more alert, less drowsy in the afternoon, thereby increasing your productivity. As a result, you’ll have a more effective study schedule and you’ll be able to study longer without getting tired.

test anxiety

How to Overcome Test-Taking Anxiety – Steps for 4 Phases of the Exam?

Have you ever sabotaged your chances in an exam because you were overly nervous?

Have you blanked-out, even for minutes?

Or have you find it difficult to concentrate while taking a test?

Burdened by expectations, fear of failure, and poor time management skills among other reasons, many students face these situations.

According to this study, 25 to 40 percent of students experience test anxiety. And, as you may have experienced, anxiety can have deleterious effect on your performance. One study found that highly test-anxious students score about 12 percentile points below their less anxious peers. This is average, though; some, of course, perform way below this.

You may be prepared to the teeth, but test-anxiety may still undo weeks and months of hard work in a matter of few hours.

And when?

When it probably matters the most!

what to eat when studying

What to Eat When Studying for Better Focus and Energy?

You would’ve heard it all – eat every 2-3 hours, don’t have too much caffeine, keep hydrated, eat healthy, and so on.

But do you know that certain types of food, which also happen to be the most regularly consumed by students, can send your energy level soaring to the top of the rollercoaster, and in short time, to its lowest point. And this crash can deprive you of the much needed energy to focus on the task at hand, including studying, something you can prevent by a better choice of what you eat or drink.

Imagine, this happening during an important day, say the day you’re taking an important test or the day you really need to slog at high efficiency to pull off that last-minute submission.

why take study breaks?

Why Study-Breaks? What Are Some Effective Study-Break Ideas?

Alejandro Lleras, Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in his acclaimed study, found that brief diversion from your task can dramatically improve your ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods.

Your experience, too, will tell you that when you study without break for long duration, say 90 minutes, you tend to lose focus, your mind starts wavering.

So, if you’ve been slogging hard for over an hour on your assignment or for exam, you may be working well below your potential. Wasting time, in other words.

Moreover, you also need to be intentional about what you should be doing during those study-breaks, otherwise they’ll be less effective.

In this post, I’ll first cover why study breaks make you more productive and, toward the end, what are some good and some bad study-break ideas.

why some people are more intelligent than others

Nature vs. Nurture: Why Are Some People More Intelligent, Smarter?

If you’re a student who wants to crack the toughest exams out there, you would’ve marveled the effortless ease with which the brightest consistently finish in top 0.1 percentile.

If you’re a wannabe tennis player, you would be in awe of the games of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“Their brain, their body is wired differently.”

“They’ve natural talent.”

“They’ve innate ability.”

“They’re blessed.”

These thoughts cross your mind, and you convince yourself to live a ‘normal’ life because you can’t change your wiring, because you can’t create talent out of nowhere, and because blessings are divine.

What if I tell you that these things matter much, much less – if at all they do – than you think? (As we’ll learn later in the post, wiring, for example, depends only on our experiences.) What if I tell you that there is a path accessible to everyone that can take you too to the dizzying levels of some of these greats?