To get better grades, I’m going to study less

I’m back! I’ve written drafts of posts for you all but haven’t had time to edit and publish lately. A lot of these post ideas have to do with struggling with school, with feeling overwhelmed by long to-do lists, feeling down after a bad grade, and more – lots of the not so sunny sides of university. I’ve been struggling lately and went to get advice and tried all sorts of methods to deal and want to share what worked with you all eventually. But for now, here’s a quick update

I just wrote an Organic Chemistry midterm today and now I feel amazing. I’m glad to be finished with my last midterm this semester. I rewarded myself with chattering about many things with Alyssa and Kevin on the way home, checking out what interesting events will be happening at UBC (I’m interested in a Science Undergraduate Society dinner, a class on how to bake wheel cake, and an application workshop for the Integrated Sciences program), and indulging in my guilty pleasure of listening to a lot of new music and reading a episode of drama. And best of all, I got to be silly with my mom. My mom just made me download WhatsApp – she’s more into social media than I am??

Anyways, I really think it’s important to take a break and relax after an exam because if you start stressing about other work right away, you’ll be constantly stressed and anxious and that’s bad for your mental health. Take a break because you deserve it. Go back to the busyness of your life feeling fully recharged.

Anyways, the main point of this post: I plan to start studying less in attempt to get better grades.

Why? I feel like I study a lot and after some reflection, I’m not studying as effectively as I could be. I strongly believe that if I fine tune my study techniques, I can get the same results from studying a third of the amount that I’ve been studying. Don’t get me wrong- I want to get the best grades I can. I want to learn the maximum amount I can while I’m in university. I do enjoy studying. But this past round of midterms, I was so focused on studying that I let my sleep, fitness, eating habits, attention to my family, and my excitement for life and learning disappear. The first three – I’m okay with sacrificing but the last three, I am not okay with that. Those are important to me and I want to protect them. Those who have graduated tell them that university years should be the source of fond memories and if you’re not happy and feel like you’re miserable everyday and are wishing that the semester is over, you’re not creating the experience that you should be creating for yourself. So study hard and efficiently and make the most of your time to make an impact in your community outside of your classes, challenge yourself and have a good time!

What I plan to do:

  1. Restrict the amount of time I allow myself to study in one day.
  2. Cut up long study sessions in shorter ones. 2-3 hours sessions rather than 5+ hours stretches.
  3. I need to listening to music less while I study. This is going to be really tough for me so I will allow myself to cave and listen to music while I’m doing more low focus studying.

Why do I think studying less will help me get better grades

  1. I’ll be more efficient if I have limited time. – I’ll be least tempted to daydream or endlessly scroll social media).
  2. Focus degrades with time and my focus limit is 3 hours. As much as I would love to say that I can focus for 8 hours straight, I can’t.
  3. I love music so so much and always want to study with music playing. I’ve always had the sneaking suspicion that music was decreasing my focus but after experimenting with and without music, it unfortunately seems that I study better without music. I’m sad but I’m justifying that if I study more efficiently and can get away for a smaller amount of time, then I enjoy music freely when I’m not studying e.g. while cleaning or exercising.

I’m a big nerd and I love my studying and thinking about how to study better so hope this post didn’t bore you.

Thanks for reading!