Top 3 Misconceptions About Studying

1. One’s study routine will work for other people.

Making or building one’s study routine is a matter of trial and error. To be able to build an effective study routine, one must identify his or her productivity time frame. A person can be lazy in the morning, and effective at night, while the other can be the opposite.

Also, study methods differ from one person to another. Note taking countless of pages may induce greater learning on a person, but the mere reading of a textbook or a learning material is more than enough for another.

However, it’s always nice to take inspiration from other people’s study routines. Take the time to learn what works best for you, and create your very own routine from that.

2. People with good grades are smart. People with bad grades are dumb.

One’s exam scores and course grades are just snapshots of oneself at a particular brief moment in time. However, grades do not define who we are. It may serve as your identity when you walk into a classroom and face your teacher; or it may come in handy when applying for jobs in the future. You can get scholarships, recognition, program admissions, but that’s it. How you work from there is up to you.

Don’t let your grades consume your totality.

3. It’s all about time management.

It’s not. It is important and it is a key factor to success, but that’s not just it. The most important is one’s attention management.

Making schedules and time blocks won’t do you good without focus and attention. Your productivity is not guaranteed with just a schedule.

You must analyze your day and figure out when you are most effective. Find out what part of the day you can sit down and make the most out of your time with your full-blast attention.


These are the top three misconceptions I had when I was in college. I used to love making schedules and time blocking, but it was only recently that I realized that those shouldn’t have been the only things that I had to consider. One’s productivity does not only rely on time management alone, but also attention management.

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