Studying is crucial to a student’s life. We need to study not only to pass our classes, but also to learn what we need for our future careers. We’ll study for days for one exam and pull all-nighters to make sure we have studied as much as possible.
Studying is the most important thing to do to achieve your academic goals in college. In high school, your teachers tell you that once you get to college, you’re not going to be able to keep on skating by without studying. And they’re right, you can’t. Studying, and studying well, is the most important skill for a college student to have.
However, you may be surprised to learn that it is possible to over-study. You always hear that it is impossible to study too much and that you can never be too prepared. But at some point, you have studied all you can for an exam and it’s time to stop.
According to The Odyssey, over-studying can cause your mental health to deteriorate over time. It can make you feel less confident in your abilities to pass a class, worry about your grades and constantly second guess yourself.
Staying up all night and studying into the early hours of the morning will not only make you feel tired throughout the day, but it can also make it difficult to get back on a regular sleep schedule.
The Odyssey also said over-studying leads to stress, stemming from test anxiety or lack of sleep. Researchers found that students who complete more than three hours of homework per night can experience physical health problems, depression, sleep deprivation, academic stress and lack of balance in their lives.
It’s great to have good study habits, but when your habits become extreme they can negatively affect your mental and physical health. It’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate the ways you study.
One way to avoid over-studying and all the problems that come along with it is to schedule your time wisely by prioritizing your studies. If you know you are struggling in math, make that your top priority.
Learning how to schedule your time and sticking to a study schedule will help you combat the need to over-study.