Good study habits can mean the difference between failure and success. Once you’re aware of any bad study habits that are holding you back, you can change them.
Some questions to ask yourself
If you’re not happy, decide what you want to change, and do it every day for 30 days. This will help to make your new habit automatic. That’s only a month – you can do it.
How to change your study habits
Commit in writing
You need to know exactly what it is you want to change (your bad habit) and what you’re going to do instead (a good habit).
Do this now to show you’re serious!
Make it do-able
Use a trigger
A trigger is something that activates a habit. For example, you decide to get up earlier each morning to study. Your old (bad) habit was to hit the snooze button the minute the alarm went off in the morning. Your new (good) habit is to jump out of bed. Try it every day for 30 days, you’ll find the alarm becomes your trigger for studying not sleeping in.
It’s often easier to remove temptations than to resist them. For example, if you can’t resist reading your new magazine even though you know you should be studying, don’t buy it. It’s easier to do that than to find the willpower not to read it once you’ve bought it. Then you can use the money you save to reward yourself when you pass!
When you think negative thoughts, or start with your old, bad habits, interrupt yourself with ‘I can’. For example, instead of ‘I can’t do this’, say ‘I CAN contact my tutor and find out how to do this’; or ‘I can’t go to the movies tonight, my study gets in the way of my life’, say ‘If I work on my assignment tonight, I CAN go to the movies on Saturday’.
You can do anything you set your mind to.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
You are human, not super human, and you might not change all your bad habits the first time you try. So if you backslide, don’t beat yourself up or give up; rather resolve to try again.