I gotta keep this clean!
This isn’t quite so much a “study tip” as it is a general life tip. It applies to your academic life, though, so it’s alright.
We all think “peer pressure” is “if all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?”
(Honestly, I have some pretty smart friends. If they’re all jumping, the bridge is probably on fire.)
Anyway … that perception of peer pressure is pretty narrow, and ultimately kinda useless. It’s part of our consciousness enough that when we’re being overtly pressured, we know it.
But there’s a more insidious version, and it’s the fear of what people will think of us.
They don’t need to say anything for us to be motivated by that fear.
I’ve had students this week who would look over at their fellow students’ papers and immediately give in to despair. “Oh that’s so much better than mine!” Or they don’t want me to read theirs because they’re afraid of what I might say (that their friends might overhear). Or two people have similar topics and they’re worried about it.
Stop caring what people think!
Every minute you spend looking at someone else is a minute you’re not improving yourself.
This was cemented for me today with a post someone shared on Instagram. It’s a quote from Pope Benedict XVI: “Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.” I shared the post on my own story, too, of course (go follow me over on Instagram! <shamelessplug>)
Don’t care about what people think!
Chase your goals, stay focused, and don’t give a fluff. 🙂