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Rewards-Based Study Sessions

Today, many college students have to deal with all sorts of distractions as they study. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Their phones constantly buzz and ring with various alerts from their friends. Their computer screens show them the constant updates of the Facebook feeds. Most likely music plays loudly in the background, or the television shows muted reruns of the latest show they’re watching. Friends sit around nearby, chatting about the party later tonight.

If this accurately describes your study situation, then you could be in big trouble later this year. College exams and essays require focused and well-conducted study sessions. Gone are the days when you could cram for a test and still make a decent grade.

But, it’s understandable that you sometimes can’t change your study environment. Sometimes you have to do your best with what you have. In those cases, it’s helpful to set up a rewards-based study system, one that will allow you or force you to study for a certain amount of time, and then reward that study time with some treats. You can force yourself to study for one hour, and then allow yourself to take a thirty minute snack break. You can require a certain score on a practice test, and if you earn it, then you can take a thirty minute video game break. By using these sorts of treats, you can hopefully encourage yourself to study well.

Furthermore, you can actually apply this system retroactively too. In other words, if you earn a certain grade on your exam, you can treat yourself with some off time. If you get a good grade on a midterm project, then you can treat yourself to a relaxing weekend. That way, if you combine both of these systems, and they both work, then you can really benefit in many ways from your study habits.

Finally, it should be said that this system will take good self-discipline to keep yourself from cheating. If you do find that you’re abusing this system, then you should consider trying out some other study strategies and seek professional help from your university’s student academic services department.

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