Improve Your Grades By Never Studying and Hitting the Gym

By Tyler Duniho on October 11, 2012

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There’s no good reason to study anymore. Researchers from all over the country are finding that exercise makes students smarter, thus rendering studying useless. So, if you want to improve your grades, stop studying and become a meat head. For every hour in class, spend around two hours in the gym. Didn’t you know that the students with the best grades are the athletes? No joke!

Other things you can do are get more sleep and eat healthier. And don’t forget, workout vigorously. If you do these things, your GPA will flawlessly skyrocket towards the coveted 4.0.

Hopefully, you’ve caught on that everything above is a joke. Please don’t email me in a few weeks telling me how you followed all of my advice, but your grades have gotten worse, not better.  I won’t be very sentimental.

The idea for this article came to me while I was eating at a restaurant the other night, eaves dropping as I normally do, and I heard a guy tell his girlfriend how he planned on improving his grades by working out more. And he was serious. You see, he had just read about a new study that showed working out makes you smarter.

As I listened to this idio…misinformed gentleman, I had to keep from laughing. I knew what studies he was referring to. In a way, he’s right: Studies have shown a correlation between exercise and good grades. But correlation is not causation (I might write an article on the differences soon but until then just Google it if your interested). There have been more recent studies (and books) claiming to find a cause-effect relationship, but I think it’s still too early to confirm this with gusto.

Potentially, yes, exercising could make you smarter. But it’s more likely that those people who are disciplined enough to study hard are also disciplined enough to exercise and take care of themselves. Also, if you sleep well at night, then you won’t fall asleep in class and while you study. It’s not too complicated.

If you really want to improve your grades, guess what you’ll have to do. Study more. Or study better, but mostly more. Do your homework, take notes in class, talk to your professors if you’re struggling. You’ve heard it all before.

What I wouldn’t do, like my friend at the restaurant, is rely on exercise alone to improve your grades. The best students have always been those that do their homework and study. Sorry, there’s no easy way around it.

I have graduated with a major in chemistry. I also knows how to write well. That makes me a rare breed, indeed.

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