Keeping up with college coursework, assignment and tight deadlines can easily tempt you to adopt some unhealthy habits that be harmful in the long run. If you are an Indian student and about to start your overseas education then make sure to stay away from these habits!

Bad habits are easy to pick up and difficult to resist all the more if you are studying abroad. But be warned at university these tendencies can quickly affect the quality of your work and prevent you from getting the grades you deserve.

Avoid Burning the Midnight Oil

It may seem like the ideal thing to do when you are hard-pressed for time to complete an important assignment or prepare for a test. But pulling an all-nighter is just the beginning, because what follows next when you choose to do so can be very harmful not only to your mind and body but also to your academic performance. In order to pull an all-nighter, you will have to fill up on caffeinated drinks and sugary snacks; and while this may keep you awake for a few hours, after the initial sugar rush, you are inevitably going to crash. Depriving yourself of sleep can take a toll on your concentration for starters. While pulling an all-nighter may allow you to write the 2,000 words needed to finish an essay, lack of sleep can possibly lead to grammar and spelling mistakes; and maybe even incomplete references.

Burning the midnight oil might help you produce your work on time, but this was you will also be compromising big time with the quality of your output. Constantly relying on all-nighters for assignments will cause you more stress and exertion than starting an assignment the week before its due.

Unhealthy Eating Habits

How do you resist the temptation of widely sold junk food conveniently available no matter where you go? Or the kick of caffeinated drinks? Or sometimes even the thought of skipping important meals during the day? While it may be convenient to buy ready-made meals and frozen food, this can be very unhealthy in the long run. A bad diet can cause you to get sick, because you are not getting enough nutrition. You can always Google quick and healthy recipes that you can put together in minutes if you don’t have the time. The worst habit to pick up is to skip meals because of your busy schedule and can quickly become dangerous for your health. It can drastically affect your concentration and energy levels.

Avoiding Your Chores

Laundry is often the first thing we abandon when we draw closer to a deadline. Your attention is diverted to making sure you complete your work on time and that usually means abandoning household chores. While this is helpful when your prioritising your schedule, leaving chores unattended for too long will become a bigger job for you later on. It’ll become more time consuming and will lead to extra and unnecessary stress.

Make a chart for your chores and form a routine where you don’t leave anything unattended for too long. For example, you can plan to do your laundry on two days of the week and use one day on the weekend to clean your room. This makes managing your household chores a lot easier and can be worked around your work schedule.

Skipping Lectures and Seminars

This habit can quickly affect your academics. The amount of interaction between faculty and students at university is significantly lower when compared to your time at school. Which makes it extremely important to attend lectures, so you can absorb information and take notes. So you should always make sure to attend your seminar and classes so you can discuss those ideas with your professor and add to your notes. This will make it so much easier for you when revising for exams or writing essays. Remember, it takes more time and effort to find and fill in the incomplete notes than to actually attend your lecture.

You should also remember that sometimes lecture and seminar attendance is worth a certain percentage of your final grade. So consistently skipping lectures and seminars not only creates a gap in your knowledge but can seriously drop your GPA. Don’t lose easy marks, just show up to the lecture!

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About the Author: Sadia Sajjad is an English graduate from Brunel University London. She’s always had a strong affinity for the arts and is never far away from her pen and paper. She is currently interning in Dubai.

About the Co-Author:  Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.