This is one of my favorite pieces of study advice, and not just because it’s the one where I can kick my feet up on the couch and sprawl out like I’m impersonating a sloth uploaded into a human body.
The brain is part of your body: a fact so obvious everyone ignores it. Even though it’s about the brain, so you’d think it’d be flattered enough to remember. The simple fact is that deep down everyone believes they’re superhuman.
Attention and focus tend to be fragile and easily lost, so you need to protect them at all costs. If you want to study hard and work intelligently, the first thing that you need to do is find the ideal place to study.
Wouldn’t it be better to work for less time and to accomplish more? It’s possible. If you want to do well in university, then you need to study smart. Use your time wisely. Be protective of your mental resources.
Energy drinks are the result of highly developed science perfectly tuned to target the needs of tired students. Unfortunately that science is advertising psychology, and they spent far more on that than actually making the drinks.
We come to university to make things even better for ourselves by specializing in something we care about. So we should work as much as possible, right? Right! As long as remember that there’s a maximum amount of work.
The trick is to prioritize as you go and to write down only the most important material. You get bonus points for determining what will be on tests and exams, and circling that material to look at more closely later.
“That makes sense,” and “I understand this completely” are worlds apart. The tests in university are demanding, and they’re designed to show real mastery.
You only have a limited amount of time. You only have a limited number of practice questions. If you want to prepare for the exam then those are both important resources.
When a kid complains about not having enough time it means they can’t watch an entire series on Netflix AND play three hours of Fortnite before bedtime. But when we grow up we have to make even harder choices, and that time is now.