This past semester was my first in college. Those who are in college can tell you that it is easy to get distracted with all of the things that go on within the bounds of a college campus. However, I managed to earn a 4.0 on top of baseball, weight lifting, school work and the general lifestyle of a college student. How did I manage to do this? I applied the same ideas and principals to my school work that I do to my bodybuilding.
In bodybuilding every thing is structured: sets, reps, exercises, meals and hopefully sleep. I plan out every workout before I hit the gym. I know exactly how many exercises, what those exercises are, how many sets, how many reps, how much rest time between both sets and exercises and the weights that I want to use for each exercise. I plan out my meals, calories and grams of protein. I try to structure my schedule so I can eat every 2-3 hours. Now do the same with your school work.
Take some time at the beginning of each day and check out your schedule for that day. Get an idea of what time you are in class, what time you are going to lift at, what work needs to be done, when you are going to be eating and then when you are going to go out (if you are even going to go out). Now figure how much time you need to study based on what school work you need to get done.
Now that you have an idea of how much time you need to devote to studying, take a look at your schedule. See when you have time to do this and fit in the school work at these times.
The approach that I take to completing my school work is the same one that I take to eating. Instead of eating three large meals a day, us bodybuilders eat five to seven times a day spaced out in two to three hour intervals. This gives the body a constant supply of nutrients. I recommend doing the same with your school work. Do a little bit when you can throughout the day. Not only will this prevent your brain from becoming overloaded but it will make the your workload seem less and easier. In psychology this is called spaced learning and has been shown to produce the best results in the classroom.
Nothing I said here is a breakthrough in science or psychology, but I wanted to bring it to the attention of all of the readers of this great website. I hope that this has helped and that you can take the same principles that you use in your bodybuilding to the classroom and move to the head of the class!
- Wood, S.E. and Wood, E.R. The World of Psychology (4th Edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 2001.
Thank you and if you have any questions or comments, please e-mail them to me at MadDogSC16@aol.com.