Myths About Studying

With learning about how you learn personally, you would generally want to try different methods of studying and testing to see how and if you will benefit from it. Here are some common misconceptions about studying.

Studying without drugs proves to be the more effective way of studying. (photo by Sterlic)

Myth One: Being Under the Influence Will Not Help You

Many believe that using drugs will boost your test scores. Drug users will claim that they will help you focus, and will cause no harm to you – bodily or academically. This is a common misconception. Not only are the drugs that I am talking about illegal (you will risk much if you get caught using them), but you will also do significantly worse on your exams. “Cognitive enhancement pharmaceuticals,” as named by dailymail, though can have positive short-term effects such as higher ability to focus can leave one strained in the long run, as the health effects may prove to be destructive. However, that is an exception and even still, has risks. Drugs such as marijuana have been correlated to students with lower IQ (Intelligence Quotient) scores.

Myth Two: Reading in a Dark Room is a Bad Choice

My mother always told me that I would have bad vision if I read in the dark. Still, I continued to read in the dark, being a rebellious young child! I believed her when one year, I was told that I needed glasses and that I had poor eyesight. However, according to memoteque, it is a common misconception. Reading in dim settings does not in fact, cause strain on your eyes; reading in bright settings does as more strain is put on your eyes.

Myth Three: Listening to Music Will Cause You to Receive Lower Scores

Okay, this is true to some extent. Studies have shown, as I stated in Studying Tips You Probably Didn’t Know, that you should be in the same environment as the one you studied in to recall information easier. However, the truth about education is that if you know it, you know it. You do not need the aide of the same environment because it has been metaphorically scribed onto your brain. Listening to music, if you are not easily distracted by it, is more than fine in studying. You must be aware of your own personal ways of learning and what you can and can not handle.

Myth Four: You Need To Repeat Information at Least Six to Ten Times Before it is Committed to Memory

According to supermemo.com, repetition is a waste of your time. You will not be able to form solid memories of the information by repeating it. Instead, one should try to form the information into something meaningful: elaborative rehearsal. For this, I often study with my best friend and we laugh and have fun with it. I remember much easier that way than in any other. Again, if you are easily distracted, this may not work as well for you.

The moral of the story is to not believe all of the things you hear; it is about you and your education, so do what works for you. Not everyone learns the same way and not everyone will be as receptive to certain tips as others will.

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