Study myths and truths revealed!

By December 10, 2019 Exam Tips, Studying No Comments

Study myths and truths revealed!

Say hello to 2016, a new year for a fresh new start! We are here to make sure that your new year is as happy as you expect to be. And what better way to start the new year by revealing some study myths and truths so that you can start your new study year on the right foot! Cheers to new habits and a new beginning. 

There are very few people that validate what they hear, others just believe what they hear – who wouldn’t if it’s study related and sounds easier and convincing, right? Well here are some of the myths that most people once believed, still believe, or are just ignorant of.

Does cramming work?:

Why not start with the something everyone wished was true? Late night studying, burning midnight oil as they say, the day before your exam. We, of course, wouldn’t suggest that you rely on the materials you study the night before alone, but at least we now know for sure that it isn’t a complete waste of time. Boo to the person that started the rumor that cramming never works! Alas, it isn’t the best idea for how to approach your studies.


Cramming should not be your only strategy

You must have heard this a number of times: “I study better at the last minute or under pressure”. You may have heard it coming from someone that never developed the discipline to study on a schedule, or even plan what they should be studying! So don’t listen to them! Here’s a great suggestion for you – develop a study habit or a schedule so you can go tell everyone how you don’t need to wait until the last minute to study better. Safe yourself the stress and continue to study throughout the semester so that come exam time, all the information will already be in your head and you can get that good night’s sleep the day before the exam!

Sleep Learning/ Subliminal Learning:

This must be a common myth among the lazy people, and if you are one of them, let me tell you, if it worked it would be a dream come true. Using a cutting-edge-study-while-you-sleep method, is where you can listen to recordings as you sleep and your brain will absorb the material. This idea is also called sleep learning or subliminal learning. Wouldn’t you rather dream about being at the beach, rather than sleep learning? There have been claims of some people learning an entire foreign language through subliminal recording, however, there isn’t a single study that shows that this “sleep learning” method work. Try it and you might blow your GPA.

Sleep learning

That’s one way to not study…

People forget the materials that they study too much:

It could be used as an excuse to not study too much, but please don’t believe the people that say “people forget the materials that they study too much”. This myth is absurd, reviewing materials over and over can never make you forget it. Need proof?  Think of a number or address you know by hard, it will be the ones you use repeatedly. This idea comes from the fact that some people get test anxiety which sometimes makes you forget materials you thought you knew- but which you didn’t.

Make studying fun!:

Buy colourful pens, pretty notebooks and write, write, write. Research suggests writing more. In the classroom, next to the lecture notes – it will improve your retention. Ignore the people, that always forget to bring pens and say writing has a very little impact on learning, it actually does help. It helps you retain the information as you write. So go ahead – write, write, write!

Writing, words

Writing down what you study helps you retain the information

Well, we hope this has been slightly interesting or useful. Some tricks may work for you, others may not.  But if you study hard at least you know you’re giving it your all!

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