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Why Your Good Study Habits Are Wrong

Study Tip: Take Breaks While You Study

Maybe your parents want you to sit and do your homework until it's done. But taking a short break might help you concentrate. When you work on something for a long time, you may start thinking about other things. You might start daydreaming about your soccer game or an upcoming party. Then your mind sure isn't on homework.

So get up, do some jumping jacks or take a 10-minute walk. Then come back to your homework. You should be ready to focus again.

Study Tip: Don't Cram for Tests

When you have a test, you might want to wait until the night before to study. But that's a bad idea. When you have to remember information, it's best to go over it a bunch of times for a few days. That way, you have a chance to really learn it. Don't wait and try to cram everything into your head the night before. Chances are you won't get as good a grade on your test. And you'll forget almost everything you memorized right after your test.

The key is to figure out what works for you when it's time to study. You may be surprised! Work with your parents and come up with the best place, time, and way to get your studying done. That way, you won't have to be worried or stressed about it.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on January 31, 2016
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