MASTERING MONDAY: STUDY DRUGS
This article from Her Campus breaks down the problem of the reliance on study drugs in today’s college students. It includes quotes and personal accounts from students that use study drugs to stay focused on maintaining that GPA, or acing that test, or balancing their work and social life.
It is objective in the sense that it recognizes that drugs like adderall can have positive outcomes for students in a fast-paced, high-pressure academic environment, However, it also highlights the serious health problems that can come out of regular use of prescription drugs that your body does not need. It also discusses that accessibility of study drugs on college campuses. One student says, “Sometimes you don’t even have to ask for it if your friends take it regularly and study with you often.”
The article concludes by offering healthy alternatives to study drugs, like healthy eating, and attainable time management goals. Read it to learn more about study drugs and their implications. If you, like me, had no prior knowledge regarding study drugs, this is a great place to start.
This video from University of California highlights Amy Vandenberg, a current student at the university. It features her college experience as someone who actually needs study drugs to stay focused and get her work done on time. She suffers from ADHD, unlike other students that use these drugs. Amy, and a few other students featured in the video mention that adderall in particular is widely used and super easy to find on their college campus. Similar to the article, it emphasizes that learning yourself, your learning style, and your most successful study habits are the components that are going to make you successful while at school.
Do this: As stated in the video from University of Southern California, study drugs are not the answer. Rather better, healthier study habits are the answer! Take into account these tips when preparing for your next exam/working on that important paper.
- Go for a walk or a run!
Even just 20 minutes of cardio (dancing, running, jogging, walking) improves your memory.
- Study in Intervals.
Studying in 20-50 minute increments and allowing for 5-10 minute breaks is proven to better long-term retention of information.
- Eat superfoods!
Slow-digesting foods that are high in fiber and carbohydrates are the best foods to eat on exam day. Oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables will work wonders for your mind and body.
- Alternate your study spots.
Switch from a classroom, to your bedroom, to the library, to campus center, and so on. Alternating the environment and setting in which you study improves your ability to retain information.
- Manage your time well
Cramming the night before a test causes anxiety, and in turn, lower test results.
Avoid all-nighters, and study the toughest material right before you hit the hay. This will make the information easier to recall when you wake up in the morning.
- Minimize distractions.
As enjoyable as it is to watch TV, listen to music, and text friends while studying, it hinders your ability to focus on your material.
Test questions on the material you’re studying are online or in the textbook you’re reading. Utilize them!
Written and Researched by Peer Educator, Colleen MacBride