Clearly, good study habits will help you get better grades in college, but isn’t there so much more that they provide? I think there is, and went hunting to find information that supports my theory. What I found was very interesting, and it begins with children.
A study by John Hewitt, a neuroscientist and director of the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado, challenged the idea that genes were the determining factor in intelligence. He went in with the belief that if your parents are smart, then you will likely be smart. At the end, he found quite the opposite. Hewitt admits, “It may well be that the environmental boost you can get, or the detriment you can suffer through adversity, may indeed be a little more important at a critical period in adolescence than I had previously thought.” He goes on to explain that younger minds are more open to learning, so you must provide them with an environment that encourages it.
Suggestion: While this makes sense for kids, it also makes sense for you. Today, you are a little younger than you will be tomorrow. So make sure to take advantage of all the learning opportunities you can find while you’re still “young.” Make yourself an active learner.
Be Heart Healthy
Again, for children, an Australian study found that for every hour a 12-year-old spent studying or reading, their chances of high blood pressure fell by 19 percent. On the other hand, TV and video games led to higher blood pressure. The belief is that those who study regularly build confidence, the ability to prioritize, and an understanding of balancing free time, which helps ensure you’re making the best decisions in your life, including your health.
Suggestion: If you study smart, it can lead to other positive habits in your life, so make sure you hit the books regularly.
Make Memory Musical
If you’re having trouble remembering, you might want to add a rhyme or a tune to the facts. A recent example of this was created by Tapas Mukherjee, a doctor at Glenfield Hospital, who after realizing that 55 percent of nurses and doctors at Glenfield were not following hospital guidelines on the management of asthma, released a funny music video outlining them. After it went viral with the staff, results came back at 100 percent compliance.
Suggestion: Music and rhymes are an easy way to make ideas stick. So if you’re struggling with a complicated topic, have a little fun with it, and create musical methods to master the details.
There are two types of education: traditional learning from a school or university, and learning from living. Others might refer to these terms as “book smart” and “street smart.” In the end, you want both kinds of smarts, and you will only find street smarts if you go out and play on the streets, or fields, or jungle gyms, and embrace what you discover. Remember, simple things, like playing with Legos, can make you more creative.
Suggestion: For all the time you dedicate to book learning, make sure to dedicate some time to going out and finding new things. You never know what you’ll discover.
As you can see, a good study habit can make you smarter, healthier, and more creative. So start today, and spend a little extra time studying all the opportunities you have to learn. It appears to be a good habit with even better results.