11 Bad Study Habits to Avoid and Get a Government Job
Here are some important points regarding the bad habits that a government job aspirant must avoid:
Starting Your Study Without a Study Plan
Before you start studying, create a proper study plan that outlines the things that you have to accomplish on that date. A study plan will help you divide your subject-wise study into bite-sized chunks and define what you need to do and by when. A proper study plan will help you study more effectively and ultimately reduce the stress level.
Spending Hours of Study but not Completing Anything
Many aspirants have a habit of not completing a topic despite spending hours on that topic. Experts suggest studying a difficult topic at your most productive time such as morning time or evening time or late nighttime (whatever works for you). Your productive time depends on the point in time when you feel your brain is ready to face any challenge. This will help you tackle the difficult topics (which you feel you need to work on) and you can complete the topic then and there itself.
Being Distracted by Social Media and Cell Phones
Most of the aspirants blame that social media is eating away their precious time and it’s true as we all are hooked by our smartphones. We cannot resist the temptation of checking the notifications of social media including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.
How to fix it: The only way to fix this is to turn off the notification in your study time or sign out and deactivate your social media accounts if you are really serious about getting your dream job.
Not Studying Actively
Reading and highlighting notes is not enough to learn the difficult concepts and topics you have to create some active studying strategies like giving a quiz, discussing amongst your peers, teaching someone what you have learned, etc. When you are teaching someone or giving yourself a quiz you are making your brain active to obtain the information from the chapter/ topic you have read which is something which you do not do when you are reading textbooks.
Not Organizing Your Stuff
With a lot many kinds of stuff to do, being disorganized only makes your learning much harder.
How to fix it: Do not make notes and keep reminders in odd spots instead keep a notebook where you can jot down your to-do list, exam dates, study schedules, etc.
Not having a Proper Study Space
Many a candidate face this issue of not having a proper study space like sound from the TV, neighbour, family members, household chores, etc. When you face these distractions, you are not able to give your 100% in the learning that you need to do in order to get excel in your studies.
How to fix it: Choose your proper study space wisely which is free from distractions and create a DND (Do not Disturb) zone for others so that no one is there to disturb you in the study time.
The Habit of Procrastination
Procrastination is the worst habit that an aspirant can have. Most of the aspirants overestimate the amount of time they need to complete the topic/ lesson and defer studying for later and end up ultimately repenting for the delay.
How to fix it: Do not procrastinate, break your lesson/ chapter into small portions and set a deadline for each portion and make sure you are able to complete the lesson/ chapter within the time limit.
Listening to Music while Studying
Many aspirants have this habit of listening to music while studying. Listening to music helps us lift our mood and also can be constructive for certain tasks but not for studying.
Research done by one Professor of University in Vienna found that music whatsoever types maybe acts as a hindrance while learning something new or complex problem. As per the professor, the lyrics of the music consume your processing space, ultimately making it hard for you to comprehend the concept/ topic you are studying.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
It is very essential to get a sound sleep all through your preparation and one night before the test. Having enough sleep of 7 to 8 hours helps your brain to function better for the next day, your focus level remains high and you have more energy throughout the day.
Also, experts suggest having a cat nap of 30 mins in the day time to keep your brain active for the second half of the day.
Study to Understand not to Remember
Do not study to remember the facts instead study to understand the concepts/ topics. To remember complex things like dates, events of General Knowledge, English rules and Maths formulae use mind maps. You can easily create a mind map by connecting the things that you have already learned with the things that you want to learn.
Not Learning from Your Mistakes
Paul Bear Bryant once said ‘When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it’.
Your actual growth will start when you recognize & embrace your mistakes and find ways to prevent them from happening again. Everyone in life does make mistakes, this is completely normal, but how you learn from them is how you develop your judgement.
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