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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.
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Mental Health Resources
- Student Academic Success Services (SASS): SASS is a free network of services and programs designed to give you the tools and information you need to succeed from your first day on campus until you receive your diploma and go out into the world to pursue your dreams.
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians.As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA helps people access the community-based resources they need to build resilience and support recovery from mental illness in their own communities.
- Good2Talk: Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365.
- Healthy minds: HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus.