Studying continuously is difficult for any student. However, during exams or while making project reports, it is expected that students will spend hours at a stretch, working tirelessly. While this seems like an ideal ‘student schedule’, it is not just difficult to achieve but very harmful for your health as well.
Why not to study for hours?
Here is the deal. Your brain isn’t designed to gobble up tons of information at once. If you are reading a textbook for 3 hours straight, it is highly likely that you will start forgetting what you read. Your eyes may start to pain, your head will feel heavy and you may start procrastinating. Don’t worry if you feel this way. You are amongst hundreds of other students who blame themselves for not having the determination to study.
The problem lies elsewhere
The headaches, eye pain and procrastination are not because of your lack of resolve to study. It is simply because the way you are studying is incorrect. Instead of taking 2 to 3 hours of time to study one subject continuously, divide your time between three different subjects.
Here is one way you can do this. Dedicate the first one hour to a lighter subject i.e. a book or a topic that you prefer to read and understand. This will help you in in committing yourself to studying more easily.
Dedicate the second hour to a more complex subject- something that you have difficulty understanding. Dedicate the final hour to another lighter, easier topic. Doing so will help you in studying better. Make sure to take a 5 to 10-minute break after each session. Walk in your room, check out the weather from your window or enjoy a small snack.
This method can be employed when you are studying for exams. But what about other days? How do you ensure that you are not overwhelmed by what you study? Well, there is a solution for this situation as well.
Design your schedule in such a way that studies are mixed with music and exercise. Here is how it goes.
After an hour and a half of studying, go to the gym and exercise. If gym doesn’t look like a suitable option, workout at home or simply go for a walk, a jog, or a run. The idea is to keep yourself physically active. When done, get back to studying after a shower. You will feel refreshed and will grasp more content. Exercise will not just keep your body healthy but will also boost your brain.
After another session, indulge in some music. Though classical and instrumentals should be your first choice (known to help you concentrate and learn better), listening to some uplifting pop music will also do the trick. You will be able to relax, have a little fun and come back to the study table, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Studying shouldn’t be a complicated, mind numbing activity. If you know how to do it right, you will not just enjoy your life a lot more but will also get great results in exams. Good luck!