02 Mar Impact of Social Media on Academics
Are you sharing notes through WhatsApp? Are you getting your assignment topics on a Facebook group? If these are true for you, then you deal with a lot of social media, even if it is for academic purposes. I’m sure when you go online to get the information, you end up staying glued to the device for a longer time than intended. Today, we will see the impact of Social Media on Academic Performance.
Reasons for Low Grades
Did you start with amazing marks but then gradually got lower grades and were too distracted to concentrate? While there are quite a few reasons that lead to such results, let’s see the most common ones.
- Inclusion of Social Media as a means to share study material
- Extensive pressure from parents to get better marks
- Poor time management skills
- Constant comparison by parents or peers
- Zero play or relaxation time
- No interest in traditional topics
Effects of Low Grades
Low grades have many short- and long-term effects on students, and when not addressed promptly they can result in dire consequences, such as
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Failure to identify innate talents and skills
- Mental trauma due to continued comparison
- Inability to interact freely or even share an opinion
- Develop a feeling of not being good enough
- Suicidal tendencies
- Stress, frustration, and jealousy
How to Improve Academic Performance
Okay, now that you are aware of all the reasons and effects, let’s deep dive into the solutions.
- Work backward from set goals
When you try to cramp in all the details one night before the exam, you tend to go blank once you receive the question paper. A better approach would be to set weekly goals and work towards achieving them. Once you do, set higher goals, and soon enough, you will be your only competition.
- Move around at least once every 10 minutes
Let’s accept the fact that we have an attention span of less than 8 minutes. If you stay in the same position or place for longer than 10 minutes, you either bogged down with monotony or you hinder the free flow of blood. So, all you need to do is stand up, go up to a window or table and place your leg on it, this not only stretches it but also increase the blood flow.
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- Take short breaks to refresh your mind
There is an old saying, all work, and no play makes Jack a dull boy. The saying may be old, but the lesson is very much valid to date. Take little play breaks to get some physical activity and refresh the mind as well.
- Spend time with those who motivate you to excel
Your friends play a valuable role in the way you look at your studies. When you surround yourself with those who motivate you to study and complete assignments, you automatically do well. Surround yourself with the ones who stall everything for the last minute, and you are left miserable. Choose your friends wisely and your grades will reflect them instantly.
- Use your sensory organs to memorise better
Audio-visuals or activity-based learning techniques are more effective and last longer than mugging concepts. Experiment with various resources and see what works best for you. This will not only make learning a joyous process but also, helps you score better.
You cannot expect change overnight, it takes continued efforts and patience. Once you build your confidence and take one step at a time, you are sure to get there.
With these 5 tips, you will be able to make your studying process more efficient and set aside enough time for yourself. In case you have any other methods that increased your academic performance which has worked for you, share them with us!