Tuesday, August 27, 2013

6 Things Not To Do While Studying For A Test On Friday

1) Don't eat a crappy breakfast that doesn't sustain you. Breakfast isn't for everybody and I'm not about to tell non-breakfasters that they really ought to nom something or they will die young and fat (or whatever). If you are a breakfast person though, don't do what I did this morning and have leftover soup that is completely smooth with no fibre in it (far too easy to digest and you get hungry faster), and don't have five Cruskits and margarine with said soup (again, too easy to digest and they don't keep you full).

If you do this, you will get hungry 1-2 hours later and then make yourself mashed potato and gravy, because apparently it seemed like a good idea at the time. It will only lead to indigestion and bloat, both uncomfortable things.

2) Don't watch Dr Phil while you eat a too-big, carb loaded lunch. It will only make you frustrated, and also you will get more indigestion and feel sick. You will feel sick both because of the food and Dr Phil.

3) Don't study for long stretches of time. Research shows (google it) that our attention span for tasks requiring active attention is about 45 minutes or so. Additionally, we can only learn about 7-9 things at a time, so trying to squeze in too much can cause overload and memory poops (that is a technical term I just made up). Thus, it is a good idea to take a break every 45 minutes. And by break I mean 10-15 minutes, not two hours. Use that break time to do something completely unrelated to studying, like an actual poop or the laundry or phoning. You could also run around the house naked for the duration (exercise is a helpful study tool because it invigorates your brain).

4) Don't leave the TV on, even if you're just listening to the music channel. The music channel has videos on it. They can be interesting to watch and entertaining, which takes your attention away from the task at hand, studying! If your telly has some radio stations, tune into one of those (there is generally just a blank screen) or turn the TV off and actually listen to music.

Pandora radio is good for this and they even have a 'classical music for studying' station which plays a mix of stuff including instrumentals of contemporary music. Eg, The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army. If you have a smart phone, you can probably download their app and use that, otherwise they are available on the web for people with stupid phones, or people who just prefer to listen via a computer.

Alternatively you could try Spotify, 8tracks, or an actual radio.

5) Drink lots of fluid, preferably water. It hydrates you better than drinks that have lots of sugar in them. Fact: sugary drinks make your brain shrivel up into the size of a raisin. Drinking water is just like soaking raisins in brandy to make fruit cake, except without the alcohol.

6) Don't write a blog post about all the things you're doing to procrastinate because you're tired and want it to be bedtime already, jeez.

Until next time!


  1. Am I weird for not being able to study with music on, even if it's instrumental? I get waaaaaay more distracted by music than I do by television. I work so much better with a TV show or movie on in the background. I think it might be because I get carried away in music. *insert some hippie bullshit about how it takes me away to a special place inside my head where the facts of what I am studying are not stored!*

    Anywho, good luck with the rest of your study. Hopefully you'll get at least a little time off during your mid-semester break.

  2. Nah, I don't think it's weird. Lots of people find music distracting. I usually prefer silence, actually.

    Thank you! I will have a break this weekend,but I have essays to do on my break.