From around second or third grade all the way through graduate school, teachers and professors place plenty of importance on studying. But for many students, it can seem like filler work or a sign that they don't have any homework that day.
The truth is that, even if your teacher doesn't tell you to study or make time during class for you to do it, you should still spend some time each day studying the material you’re learning. Not only will it help you get through that particular class, but it can change your entire educational journey, make your day-to-day life a little easier and help prepare you for a big future full of opportunity.
It Helps You Pass Your Classes
One of the most beneficial aspects of studying is that it can help you pass your classes. You want to do well on quizzes, tests and exams, and you need to study to do so unless you're taking a class on a topic you're already very familiar with. But even then, studying can still help you brush up. Many students wait until the last minute — like the night before a big test — to study. Studying helps you get more and more familiar with the material until you actually know it, which can help you write better papers and perform better on tests.
Creating a few daily study habits can help you succeed in your current coursework and any classes that come after it. Study in a quiet place with no distractions — that means turning off your phone for a little while. Break the material down so that you study a little of it each day for 20 minutes or so instead of spending hours cramming it in all at once. Study at the same time every day so that it becomes part of your routine, and first do the work you’re looking forward to least to get it out of the way.
It Reduces Anxiety and Improves Confidence
Studying doesn't just help you pass a class. It also helps you pass it with confidence. If you go into an exam feeling sure that you know the material, you won't be as anxious about it as you would if you stayed up all night attempting to cram the information into your brain. Knowing the material takes your focus off worrying about your test performance and puts it onto drawing on everything you need to know while you’re taking the test. This may even help you sleep better.
Studying also builds your confidence. If you walk into your classes knowing you have a good grasp on the lessons, you'll feel better about other aspects of your education and perhaps even your day-to-day life. Seeing positive results of studying reflected in your grades is an achievement to celebrate, and it’ll boost your confidence.
It Saves Time for Other Activities
Want to try out for a sports team or hold down a part-time job while you're in school? Studying can help you make time for that. Taking just 15 to 20 minutes a day to look over what you learned in class can help you retain the information better. That way, you aren't cramming when it's time for a test or spending hours on homework you don't understand. If you make studying a regular part of your routine, you'll find that you have more time for those extracurricular activities.
It Helps You Develop Important Skills
If you study regularly and practice good study skills, you'll find that you eventually apply those skills to the real world. For example, creating a routine around your daily study session can help you with scheduling and time management for other activities. Saying “no” to your friends who want to call and text while you study will help you learn to set healthy boundaries and recognize the importance of owning your time. Studying regularly can also help prevent procrastination. It can even help you retain knowledge for future classes as you learn to make notes and highlight the important parts of what you read.
It Prepares You for the Future
Studying — and studying smart — can help prepare you for your future, whether you want to get into a good college, get the job you want or just have great conversation skills when you're being social. Developing effective study habits during middle school and high school will help you succeed in college. Employers often look for people who don't just qualify for a job, but for those who can retain knowledge well enough to get started in a new role as soon as possible.
If you're actually learning about topics like history and literature rather than memorizing them for a test and forgetting them a few days later, you'll have some really amazing things to talk about. You’ll be able to hold interesting conversations with new people you meet. And you might even realize you’re passionate about a subject or topic once you start digging deeply into it while studying — it could shape your entire educational future in exciting ways.