Studying When Sick

Sick!

I get sick at least 3 times a year (good old Seattle rain and wind), and all I do during that time is sleep and nap and feel pretty miserable. Of course, no work gets done at that time, and grades suffer. I’ve done some research and compiled a few ideas on how to keep yourself together while studying.

Obviously, to feel better sooner we need to drink a lot of water, rest, drink a lot of water and some medicine. In my opinion, if you’re going to avoid doing homework (which you should, nothing good will stay in your head if you study in such a bad condition), it’s best to work ahead a little bit. I discovered that reading all my textbook chapters on the weekends significantly reduces the homework load on the weekdays.

a) Start studying for exams at least a week in advance. You don’t know what’s gonna come up in the last couple of days before an exam, and the last thing you want to do is fail because you simply didn’t feel very well. Read the book a week in advance (I found that it helps me feel less stressed, too), and do future homework as early as possible.

However, if the “sick study” situation does happen,

b) Break big study plans into small, 15-30 minute chunks. Don’t overwork yourself, it might make things worse.

c) Do the easy tasks that don’t require much thinking/memorization. For example, write, make flashcards, rewrite your notes, etc.

d) Get lots of sleep when you can. That’s the best way your body heals itself and if you overwork it, you’ll only feel worse on the test day.

Hope this answers your questions. Again, these are just my ideas and suggestions, there are obviously other things you can do to focus a bit better. If there’s something you’d like to add, comment below!

  • Yashwin Kishore

    Thank you!