Bad Study Tips for Exams
Shanil Patel tells you what definitely NOT to do during exams.
- Procrastinate for the skill-set it produces.
If you wait to do work, you are more efficient when you actually need to do it. Students who start working early on assignments or studying for exams never get to experience the pressure of an all-nighter, or the challenge of trying to proofread your essay as you write it. These are intangible skills that “prepared” students will never have to use in their own careers.
- Binge work to recover better.
Work is best done in 10-12 hour stretches, once a week. During that time, you should not take your eyes off of your screen or book unless it’s for a quick reward, such as a sugary snack or a cigarette. This way, you get to recover for a whole week before the next night of binge-work.
- Start watching TV show with lots of cliff-hangers.
Nothing in the modern world is more stress-relieving than getting into a new TV show. But cliff-hangers can create extra stress – we have to stop ourselves from watching the next episode. Netflix makes the decision for us by giving us an unreasonable amount of time to reach the remote before it automatically plays the next episode. So you might as well just keep watching until you see a screen that incredulously asks you “Are you still watching Narcos?”
- Avoid exercise.
Exercising puts unnecessary stress on the body. Avoid it completely as a way to conserve energy that you will need in order to sleep less.
- Less sleep is more time.
People generally need 8 hours of sleep. But it is possible to survive on much less, and get more procrastinating done. Each hour of sleep can be replaced with a cup of coffee and an episode of Narcos.
- See the world through the curve.
If you find yourself wanting to sleep for 8 hours, remember the grading curve. The curve is your fuel, and anyone that tells you otherwise is trying to sabotage you. It is actually healthy to have the mindset that self-worth is a limited resource amongst law students, as long as you end up as the gold-medallist.