If you, like me, are a college student and pressed with the task of writing a lot of papers for academia, I have news for you: journaling helps.
Remember how we talked about reasons why you should journal? This week, I’ve found a few more.
The University of North Dakota (UND) gives three main reasons why you should journal. First, it lowers stress. Second, it increases sophistication. Third, it saves you time in writing essays.
We talked about lowering stress in my last post as well, but this is less of a relaxing method and more critical thinking. If you don’t understand the material you are reading in your classes, writing about it in a journal can help you understand it better and then you can come back to it when it’s time to write your paper, according to UND.
Sophistication is also boosted because as you write summaries of what you read, you can begin to criticize it and “develop your own ideas, even if you are unaware of it,” according to UND.
According to UND, a lot of people find journaling quite time consuming, but it will save you time in writing papers because you don’t have to summarize and criticize the reading material as you are going. You already have half your work done for you.
UND is not the only school who believes in journaling either.
According to Walden University, “Both in traditional and online classrooms, journal entries are used as tools for student reflection. By consciously thinking about and comparing issues, life experiences, and course readings, students are better able to understand links between theory and practice and to generate justifiable, well-supported opinions.”
So just keep journaling in mind as you prepare to write your next college essay or paper. Maybe journaling is the way to go.