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It is much easier to study and do well in uni if you have a good social life. There's this common misconception that if people don't socialise, surely they have all this free time to study hard and get a very good degree? But it doesn't work that way. Anti-social autistic people (contrary to popular belief) usually lack motivation by the time they get to uni and stop putting effort in. Their mental health suffers greatly when they're on their own all the time with no one to talk to and share their experiences with, surrounded by people with great social lives having fun. It's a shame as many such people have very high IQs.

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I think the main issue is how you socialise. Go out drinking every night and it will make doing well virtually impossible. Spend an hour or two with friends shopping/ at the gym/ watching TV and it can help.

Everyone needs to find their own balance of work and life. What works for one person won't necessarily work for another.
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I agree OP. Last year when I had depression, uni was awful and I just wanted it to end. My grades suffered a lot too. This year is much easier because I'm more out there and I'm happier too.
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(Original post by Bassetts)
It is much easier to study and do well in uni if you have a good social life. There's this common misconception that if people don't socialise, surely they have all this free time to study hard and get a very good degree? But it doesn't work that way. Anti-social autistic nerds (contrary to popular belief) usually lack motivation by the time they get to uni and stop putting effort in. Their mental health suffers greatly when they're on their own all the time with no one to talk to and share their experiences with, surrounded by people with great social lives having fun. It's a shame as many such people have very high IQs.

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Yes, I think I agree. It is important to have some time in which to relax and socialise. If you are lonely, then you may be rather miserable which will affect how you work. Also, it tends not to be possible to work 100% of the time anyway.
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That's actually true for me, I only knew 2 people at Uni & just had some quick chats with housemates & that was it. Being a bit shy didn't help though I often found it quite boring spending a lot of time in my room online which made me feel a bit depressed. I reckon if I'd have a better social life & more people to talk to about work, share experiences & have fun with that would have a positive knock on effect on the academic side as I'd feel in a better mood overall.
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I don't think so. My grades would be way better if I wasn't out so much.
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I agree, too much work without letting off any steam will result in over working and demotivation.
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most ppl from my school are idiots who only think about drinking nad partying. How can I socialise with them lol? I prefer to be this autistic nerd
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I socialise On the internet nuff said
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(Original post by Chief Wiggum)
Yes, I think I agree. It is important to have some time in which to relax and socialise. If you are lonely, then you may be rather miserable which will affect how you work. Also, it tends not to be possible to work 100% of the time anyway.
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(Original post by Bassetts)
It is much easier to study and do well in uni if you have a good social life. There's this common misconception that if people don't socialise, surely they have all this free time to study hard and get a very good degree? But it doesn't work that way. Anti-social autistic nerds (contrary to popular belief) usually lack motivation by the time they get to uni and stop putting effort in. Their mental health suffers greatly when they're on their own all the time with no one to talk to and share their experiences with, surrounded by people with great social lives having fun. It's a shame as many such people have very high IQs.

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Definitely agree. You need to be content to be productive, and for 99.9% of us some form of social life is part of that (Newton being an obvious example of the exception).

I don't agree that people like that are neccessarily more intelligent though.
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Depends on the person, some people only need time-to-time socialising, others need more. For me, I work best when I'm with a friend/few and we're revising together or giving each other idea's for essays (not at uni yet)
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You need a good balance of work and play and the self discipline to do quite a lot of work. But yes I do think a rewarding social life, and getting your oats too, helps with study and general life satisfaction.
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If you are social with all the right people in your course then yeah defo.
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Yes it is important. I find this year, having a much more active social life (and not necessarily partying or hanging around with large groups, just making an effort to spend time with other people more) that I get work done twice as fast because I'm in a better mood and not dwelling on things as much.
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No.
It depends on the person.


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I can see truth in this. When I was at my old school I had an active social life and I really enjoyed my time there.
After I moved for sixth form, my social life went down the drain and last year I was actually pretty depressed and I was really not enjoying life so I can really appreciate the importance.


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Your just trying to make excuses for your failure .
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A healthy balance is the key.
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I found it a lot easier to study (and I did A LOT better) after my friends had all graduated and I had a year left. I didn't make any new friends in my final year - I basically didn't have any friends at all. This benefited me because previously, we had each other for company if we failed (in a large group of friends, most of which like to go out drinking, you are going to get at least a handful that fail a module or other), but when I was left on my own, I had no such safety net, and the idea of failing a module or having to resit the year was terrifying and a great motivational tool.
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