The studies regularly say students invest nearly 10 hours a week in studying.
Those number are pointless. Here is why:
1. Mean is not the mode. Students studying an average of 10 hours a week doesn’t mean most students study 10 hours a week. It means if we add all the times up and divide by the number of students we will get 10 hours a week. In a sample of ten students, we could get an average of 10 hours a week by having 1 student study 80 hours a week and 9 students studying a little over 2 hours. The most common student would only study closer to 2.
2. Surveys are not reality. People are notoriously bad at answering survey questions about their life. They dramatically estimate information wrong in virtually every survey of this kind.
3. When a student says they study 10 hours a week they’re answering a survey question that they have an incentive to answer high for. Answering low would make them feel guilty. Answering high would make them feel good. (Well… I skip study sessions almost every night BUT I NORMALLY STUDY 2 HOURS A NIGHT.)
4. Bad data corrupts the good data. The survey taker can’t distinguish good data from bad data in a survey like this. They can lop off the extreme highs and extreme lows but that just corrupts the data intentionally to hide how corrupt their original data is because some of those highs and lows are true. I’ve known many a student to write random bs on surveys they are forced to take for class. This is a fundamental flaw with surveys.
5. Look into your own life. How many people do you know in college that spend 2 hours a weeknight studying? I’m sure you can name a handful but think about the rest of them. Most students study a fraction of that amount of time. (Playing videogames, drinking, partying, and virtually anything else takes priority.)
Have you ever sabotaged your success doing this silly little thing?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always dreaming about?
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