There are going to be days when you just get can’t study right.
It doesn’t matter how perfectly you try and control every potential variable of your life, you’re going to have days that just don’t work for studying.
You’ll pick up your study material and look at it but the information isn’t going to click. You’re not going to be able to remember what you want to remember. You’re hardly going to be able to use your short term memory to give you the illusion that you’re successfully studying.
This is okay.
I personally suffer from a really bad study day about once every couple of weeks.
I’ve checked with some friends of mine and one said he has them about every three days. A few other people said they really didn’t get what I was talking about. After a bit of prodding they told me they might have a day like that every few months.
I get the impression this might be a bit of a personal factor. It’s a factor that’s definitely improved for me since learning certain new strategies.
I believe the ideal study strategy from the ideal person would include some method of stopping studying whenever this kind of a session starts. When a person senses one of these bad days they just drop their study material and forget about it for a night.
Naturally, the fundamental flaw with this plan is that just having the idea that you might take a day off if you can’t focus well will encourage your brain to not focus well. Perhaps some people could pull this off without harming their grades but I just can’t see it as practical (beyond physical sickness.)
Since most people can’t cut these sessions short safely, you may be best to just suffer through them. You may be interested in reading The Unfortunate Truth About Study Time.
You just have to remember that one bad day doesn’t define you. After the second or third bad session in a row you might start getting concerned but bad days are part of life. Showing up on those bad days will help you show up on your good days.
I like to just think of bad study days as the things that make good study days so effective.
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Aaron Richardson took his grades from fighting F’s to Easy A’s. In the process, he read over 300 books on personal development. Today he’s founded 2 blogs on studying including Smart Student Secrets. He’s written 3 books on the subject. His work has been featured on some of the biggest news, psychology, and student sites on the internet.
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