Whenever I study for anything, I always try my hardest to find ways to trick myself into believing that I am working really hard when, in fact, I am not being very productive at all.
I like to call these techniques study-related procrastination.
Examples of study-related procrastination include organising my desk, making a colour- coded revision timetimable, going to the shops to buy various items of stationary and drinking several cups of coffee in order to ‘increase my productivity’, before sitting in a state of caffeine induced anxiety lamenting how I can never seem to get anything done.
One of my favourite forms of study-related procrastination involves going through my revision guides and highlighting the key points.
On the surface, this seems like a good idea – in theory, my brain will find it easier to absorb information if it only has to focus on the important bits.
However, the whole point of a revision guide is that it is essentially a collection of key points, a pre-condensed version of the syllabus, and this means that when I go through with my highlighter, I usually end up highlighting absolutely everything.
All in all, I haven’t actually achieved anything, unless basically colouring in each page in luminescent yellow can be considered an achievement.