Overthinking & Over studying

Breanna Standifer graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where she earned her degree in Public Relations and minored in Business Administration. As a student, she was involved in PRSSA and was also inducted in the Department of Communication Honor Society. Her background experience includes project management and event coordination.

You prepared properly, studied for hours, and got every flash card answer correct, but for some reason you are not getting the grade you feel you deserve.  When you go back and review your homework, quiz or test, you realize you knew the correct answer to every question marked incorrect, and you want to kick yourself. What happened?

Preparation and studying are vital to college success, but you may be missing one small, essential component, confidence. After hours of studying, do you second guess your initial answer? When you know you are correct, do you still try to prove that you are right? That may mean you lack confidence.

Confidence is the feeling or belief that you can rely on someone or something. It is the state of feeling certain about the truth of something, and self-assurance that comes from appreciation of your own abilities or qualities. You have to trust yourself; your mind, your judgment, and your decisions to have confidence. If you have a record of studying, working hard, and making good grades then you should trust yourself.

There is a statement that can be used in this situation. “Trust your instinct and go with your first mind.” If you have rehearsed information, memorized facts and tested yourself, it is likely that the first answer you recall will be correct. Trust your mind and do not second guess yourself because you do not have anything to prove.  If you put that type of pressure on yourself, you are being counterproductive. It will only decrease your confidence, confuse your mind, and negatively affect your performance.

Also, did you know that it is possible to over study? If you study for long period of times, without breaks, and when you are tired you are less likely to remember information. If you have quizzed yourself 10 times on the same note cards and you keep getting the same two answers wrong, take a break or stop studying that subject. Give your mind an opportunity to absorb the information. Try not to become frustrated because that adds unnecessary pressure to a situation that can already be stressful.  Be confident in the time that you have invested, and let your mind do its job.

Hard work is an important aspect of success in college, but without confidence you will question yourself every time. Trust your abilities, trust the time you invest, and trust your instincts not only in school, but also in life.



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