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5 Bad Study Habits You Should Resolve By Cal Newport

I just read Cal Newport’s study tips hacks about the 5 bad study habits that college students should resolve to avoid in 2008. Knowing that Cal Newport is a prominent college expert and the one who authored the books How to Become a Straight-A Student (Broadway Books, 2006) and How to Win at College (Broadway Books, 2005), every student who is serious to jump start their studies or revive their grades this year should follow Newport’s suggestions.

Cal Newport is definitely right in saying that students commit several common mistakes which lead to more painful and time-wasting studying. And for me, bad study habits are just as bad as not studying anymore because we still perform poor in our academics even we spent time reading and reviewing our lessons.

So the 5 bad study habits that students should avoid are studying without a plan, skipping classes, using rote review, studying after midnight and not taking notes on your reading. These are self-explanatory but Newport did a great explanation about the said bad study habits and I insist you to read them completely here.

Some Studying Tips For All-Nighters

I stumbled upon a book “How to Pull an All-Nighter” that is published and being sold at Lulu for $14.95. The description of the book is quite nice because the book tells about everything that students need to know to stay up all night with minimal tension and better outcome.

I read the book description as well as its press release and picked up some useful tips like late drowsiness can be partially neutralized by ratcheting up the brightness of a desk lamp. It says that bright light can counteract drowsiness because our brain’s sleep regulation mechanism reacts with a wakefulness response when bright light enters our eyes.

And if you will stay up all night, you should not eat fatty foods such as chips, burgers and fries because fatty food hinders our brain’s ability to properly use the glucose it needs to stimulate mental activities while studying and taking tests. Instead, eat candy bars to give your brain caloric fuel to help optimize the neurochemistry of learning and memory during all-nighters.

The book also divulged that the hours between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. are the toughest hours of the night to try to study because mental efficiency automatically bottoms out during those hours due to the influence of an internal biological pacemaker, the circadian rhythm, which progressively reduces mental and physical efficiency at night. Oh my! Now I know why it is really hard for me to work or read during these times.

Well, it is good that I stumbled upon this book. I am sure that there are many more useful studying tips inside this book so, if you are always trying to squeeze your time to study at night, I bet this is a very good book to read.