Studying is like a race. It’s not about doing our best only for a couple of days, but rather about being able to keep a nice work rhythm for a long time.
It’s more like a marathon than a test of speed.
This demands a perfect health, and breaks play a really important aspect in this.
The student needs to plan his activities in a way that it leaves him time to study, but also has time to rest and enjoy.
It’s important to be able to disconnect oneself from the work, to have some incentives.
There are many hours in a day, and you can do a lot of things, it’s just a matter of organization. You would be surprised with what you can do in a day if you know how to make the best of time, if you avoid absurd waste of time.
Considering that, in most classes (school, college, except in some careers like engineering, architecture, medicine, etc.), dedicating around 2 to 3 hours of study a day is enough, there are still many hours left to do other activities.
The afternoon or the night?
This is a personal decision, but in any case, you can:
- Choose hours that aren’t close to meals. You could end up giving up in the middle of the digestive process.
- Try to study at the same time every day. This creates a permanent work habit that lets you better organize your leisure time and your breaks.
- Study during the times you feel you are more efficient.
► Lastly, consider:
- “What’s studied during the final hours of the afternoon and night is learned slower, but is remembered better”. In contrast, what’s studied in the morning is learned faster but forgotten easier.
- We also need to alternate study breaks, and it’s better to always study at the same times of day and to have breaks at the same times as well. This creates a habit.
- You shouldn’t study immediately after class, doing sports, etc.
- You shouldn’t start with the most difficult subjects, but rather with those of medium or low difficulty (try to avoid the lack of motivation when studying the hardest subjects, or the lower concentration at the beginning). Then, go to the more difficult subjects, and finish with one that you like better.
Breaks: some students prefer not to take breaks, because then they lose all concentration and need lots of time to go back to studying. In contrast, breaks are really useful for other students, because this lets them renew their strength and continue working. For some, changing activities is enough of a rest.
What’s the case with you?
If you prefer to take breaks, remember the following:
-Don’t do it when you’re in the maximum performance phase, because this is the best time to study.
– If you only take one break, take it when you notice your performance and concentration start to decay.
– Don’t use your break for activities that make you lose concentration, such as watching TV, listening to the radio or starting long conversations, because then it will be difficult to concentrate again.
– It’s advisable to do some relaxation and concentration exercises. You’ll rest and you’ll be in good physical and mental shape to continue with the rest of the work.
– In all cases, breaks should be short during study times.