Only study when you are not tired

When you’re too tired, you are not very efficient, so continuing studying is a waste of time (the mind barely assimilates it).

The student has to respect sleeping times.

Sleeping hours (minimum 7, preferably 8) are “sacred”. You can’t sacrifice yourself thinking that you don’t need much sleep and that you can stay up and study more, because in the end, this will cost you.

The student starts getting tired, and intellectual performance is considerably reduced.

When you don’t have exams, you can use the weekends mostly to get some rest and do some leisure activities.

However, when you have exams, you need to find the strength to give up on these other more pleasurable activities, and focus on studies.

It’s only a few weekends a year, so this sacrifice is easy to make. You’ll soon get other Saturdays and Sundays to enjoy.

It’s good to do complementary activities (sports, languages, music or anything else), and not focus exclusively on studies.

This lets you disconnect and find other incentives, which helps your mind be “fresh” for when you have to work.

These activities should be complementary, so you have to do them with a certain level of relaxation, trying not to turn them into an obligation for the student.

These activities can be done both on weekends and during the week, as long as they’re not incompatible with the study plan. It’s just a matter of organization.

Lastly, we need to say that it’s good for the student to learn some relaxation exercises, something that can help him lose tension, especially during exams.

Mistakes to correct while reading

You must try to correct these mistakes:


  1. Body movement: Some readers use a finger or a pencil to signal their reading. This is an unnecessary mechanical movement that slows down their reading. This is easy to correct: hold the book with both hands while you read.


  1. Regressions and setbacks: You might make stops while reading, and you might go back and reread what you already read, whether it is to make sure what you read is right or because you didn’t understand something. These things hurt your reading speed, and even your comprehension. You shouldn’t do it unless it’s absolutely necessary.

How to correct it? By covering the text, as you read, with a card or a piece of paper.


  1. Reading aloud: It’s a waste of time to move your lips or tongue, because you read with your eyes.

How can you know if you’re making these mistakes? Put a pencil between your lips, and if it moves as you read, then you’re making that mistake. Put your tongue on the ceiling of your mouth when you read, or eat something while you read.


  1. Mental repetition: It consists of mentally pronouncing the words when reading. It’s as if we were reading the text to ourselves.

To see if you’re doing it, put a finger softly on your throat, and then you can see if it’s moving or not.

The best way to correct this effect is by reading so quickly that you can’t do mental repetition.