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5 bad study habits to avoid (written by two 4th year nursing students)
As future health professionals, one of our roles is to promote the health of the population as well as to prevent the risk of illness and injury. As nursing students at uOttawa, we can also identify with your experiences at the University. After completing 4 years of education and having had a very busy schedule, we can very well understand the difficulty of balancing student and personal life. This leads us to be more aware of the good and bad habits that many students have developed throughout their studies. We would like to share 5 study habits to avoid according to our experiences and general knowledge. Each of these elements have an impact on one another.
1. All-nighters and lack of sleep:
During midterm and exam season, lack of time becomes a common problem. Responsibilities, tasks and social activities often take over, which leaves us with just a few hours to study before an exam. These condensed hours can lead to all-nighters and over time, can have a negative impact on our sleeping habits. Our body needs rest before an exam because sleep helps us process and retain information learned during the day. This information then gets classified & stored which is really important to recall certain details when we need to. When we have long study sessions, our brain can only retain the general basis of the information. On the other hand, several small study sessions allows us to retain even more details on the subject being studied.
2. Energy drinks:
Students tend to consume energy drinks to stimulate their brain, increase energy and improve concentration. Continuous stimulation of the brain, in such a manner, increases the risk of dependence. Additionally, energy drinks contain a lot of harmful chemicals that can negatively impact your health such as cardiac arrest, increased anxiety, insomnia, headaches, addiction, etc.
3. Junk food:
Lack of time, laziness or lack of knowledge tends to lead to poor eating habits. Fast food contains many empty calories, high levels of fat, sugar and salt. The body needs a good source of energy to support its daily functioning. If the body does not have the proper nutrients to digest, it will tire more, which will have a direct impact on concentration and studying.
The environment is a factor underestimated by most students. Distraction influences study time and quality of learning. It is important to eliminate all forms of distractions such as mobile devices, television, computers, etc. when you are trying to focus on your notes. Be sure to study in a quiet environment to minimize things that may occupy your attention.
5. Lack of structure:
Time management is essential in the life of a university student, hence the importance of creating a weekly schedule. This allows one to balance periods of study, rest, physical activity, social and family activities, etc. A table or agenda could be used to structure your weeks. Good time management will reduce stress, which can promote better learning during study sessions.
M.F & N.H
Global Health Resources
- Travel Safe (Gov. of Canada): Information on how to have a safe and enjoyable journey whether you are travelling in Canada or abroad.
- Fairtrade Canada: Fairtrade is a movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade fair for farmers and workers. The international Fairtrade system represents the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system.
- World Health Organization: Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.
- WHO Info: The official WHO information app. Keep the latest global health information at your fingertips