When it comes to academics, students know that regular study sessions are important for learning, revising, and grasping new information. Everyone wants that small advantage, which can put oneself ahead of the other people. One such area is to add more productive hours to your study schedule.
What if you can lengthen your daily study hours from eight to ten? It’s tough, no doubt, but possible. In this post, I’ll tell you about seven steps that will help you fight low enthusiasm (plus additional steps you can take to fight laziness in the evening) when studying and hence increase your daily time of studying.
1. Schedule accordingly: take up tough topics early in the day
Take up the difficult subjects in the beginning when you’re at your best, energy-wise. (For most students this is the time when they’re most concentrated. If somehow you’re not used to this, feel free to take up tough ones at a time that feels comfortable for you.)
Such planning matches your energy with the complexity of the task at hand. As a result, you face easier topics in the evening, by when you’ve drained most of your physical and mental energy and when the will to slack is highest.
As far as academics are concerned, exercise keeps nourishing your learning ability and long-term memory storage. It also controls anxiety and depression. But the benefits of exercise way beyond it also improves concentration, patience, and boosts your motivation. In this manner, exercise helps you study for longer durations.
3. Take a Power nap.
In a study performed by NASA, the pilots who took a mere 26-minute nap reduced their lapses in awareness by 34 percent compared to the ones who didn’t do it. Moreover, those who did this showed an improvement of 16 percent in their own reaction times. Their working capacity stayed consistent through the day and didn’t lose activeness at the end of a flight or at night.
The most important aspect of taking a small sleep, as observed in the case of NASA pilots, is that performance slacks much less than when you don’t take a break, which means you can study at a high intensity even late in the night if you have had a nap in the afternoon hours.
4. Eat to maintain energy levels
Although your brain constitutes just 2 percent of your total body weight, it utilizes 20 percent of your energy intake. Studies have shown that boring and mentally exhausting tasks – academic learning will fall into this category for most! – drain our energy faster.
Therefore, it’s important to eat in a way that keeps your energy levels up when performing mentally exhausting tasks.
5. Conserve your mental energy
Because your brain is the biggest energy consumer (2 % vs. 20 %), it’s important not to waste your energy by letting your mind think into debilitating, non-important thoughts. Thoughts that linger on:
“Why did he behave with me so rudely?”
“What if I fail the exam?”
And so on…
Just try to think of problems and their solutions related to the subject
6. Take regular breaks
You should take breaks. For this, there are two reasons. One, it not only relaxes you, but it also refills your lost concentration.
Your concentration starts fading after 50 minutes or so, and if you keep pushing your way through, you’ll be studying with lesser efficiency, which is equal to wasting time. Therefore, take a 5-10 minute break every 50-odd minutes to restore your mind. (Note that this period may vary from person to person. So, test what is beneficial for you.) During the break, do anything: walk around, eat a snack, get some quick activity, gaze outside the window, and so on. Idea is to take a break from what you have been doing for so much time.
7. Work mostly during the day if possible.
Well, this may be a thing which most likely you can’t do due to schools and colleges, but if you can, then read on.
Research has shown that studying/ working in day time makes you less lazy, we are more alert in the afternoon, thereby increasing our productivity or adding more time to our study schedule.