The Struggle is Real: How to Have Enough Time to Study and Play Video Games

angel photoIt’s the start of semester and assessment tasks are flooding in. There are chapters to read, quizzes to do, reflections to write…the list of study related things that need to get done seems endless! During these times at uni I often find myself asking the really important questions, such as when will I have enough time to play my favourite video games? The answer to this all-too-real struggle is seemingly simple, yet difficult: time management.

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I know no one wants to hear these words, and we all know the theory behind needing to be organised and manage our time, but the practicality of it is a little more elusive. Yet time management is so vital for making time for the most important things in life, gaining that extra level on that all-too-intense video game that you play with your friends, finding that hidden treasure after tracking through the forests battling monsters, whilst undertaking random quests.

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On the other hand, how do you do these things and still end up doing your required study? The struggle is a real problem for some of us. We all know it’s important to have a timetable for your classes, and that you have to stick to it. Well, why not schedule your required study time in the same manner? Why not go that extra step and schedule in your beloved gaming time? I know it sounds crazy but it can work rather well! We all talk about the importance of study, but maintaining an appropriate work-life balance is also of vital importance if you want to succeed at University.

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Trying to stay motivated to get on top of your homework, assessment tasks and exam study can be an extremely difficult task. Attempting to do all these things, stay in contact with friends and family, and still have that all important “me time” is something that we frequently forget to focus on in our attempt to succeed at university, but it is these things that often assist us in pressing on to achieve our study goals. Why not consider having a reward system in place?

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For every two hours of solid study you complete, play an hour of video games. If playing video games isn’t your thing then make it a reward that works for you. Go read the new Harry Potter book for an hour, go hang out with one of your friends, even go attempt to catch that all-too-elusive Pokémon. Whatever works!

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– Angel

Video games make you smarter!

UntitledScience says play more video games. Okay, I may be paraphrasing and exaggerating just a little there.

Studies have shown that playing video games significantly increases the volume of grey matter in areas of the brain that are responsible for memory. These changes in brain structure could also help prevent/slow some neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and help kids learn to read — even when the game has nothing to do with reading. This is because these changes increase both memory and focus.

Gamers who play fast paced games become quicker at gathering visual information and making decisions based on that information than non-gamers. These studies have shown that the gamers will be correct just as often as the non-gamers, but will come to their decision up to 25% faster than the non-gamers. Some studies have even demonstrated gamers making more correct decisions than non-gamers.

Not only do video games improve memory and decision making skills, but they also increase multitasking, problem solving skills, and reflexes!

So, if you keep running out of time during exams, clearly you need to play more video games. Wait… no… I mean… study more.

Of course, gaming can also have negative ramifications when overindulged, and not all types of games have these positive outcomes. But it’s still pretty cool, and I know I will totally be using this as an excuse to play more video games!

And now here’s some links so you know I’m not making things up!

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/playing-video-games-can-boost-brain-volume

http://rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3679

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130611161943.htm

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/can-video-games-create-sharper-mind

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