Three Step Strategy To Study Hard Without Burning Out

Three Step Strategy To Study Hard Without Burning Out

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A typical student’s approach to a looming deadline seems something like this: force themselves to spend all their time in the library, eliminate all the fun social activities and beat themselves for getting distracted or wasting time. This is a common pattern followed by many students. You tend to get distracted, which forces you to buckle yourself down and spend more time studying. As a matter of fact, this drains you more, making it easier to get distracted, which guilt trips you into spending more time in isolation. This usually continues until you’re either performing at a very low level of your peak performance, or you’re burned out and have given up. What students fail to understand is that they learn more by spending less time studying. In this article, we are going to talk about a powerful strategy which is opposite to how most people approach tough learning deadlines.

How to Study Hard Without Burning the Midnight Oil?

The key rule of the method is simple and that is to optimise the study hours making them of higher quality. The method follows the three steps listed below:

  • Setting detailed study hours that give no room for rest time
  • Switching passive learning tasks to active ones.
  • Building a healthy and distraction-free studying environment.

Step One: Setting Concrete Study Hours

It is a dangerous temptation to lead yourself into believing that you can study non-stop. The bigger the exam syllabus with intimidating concepts like magnetic susceptibility and Quantum Mechanics, the easier it is to fall into the trap. Studying five days a week 8 am – 6 pm plus an additional half day (with breaks, of course) is the best that you can do. This means that going out with friends, exercising or anything else that you do for fun need not be comprised. If you find this routine stressful then you need to move with a slower pace awhile before you return to your sustainable pace.

Step Two: Switch Passive Learning Tasks to Active Learning

While studying if you feel like you are pushing too much then your body compensates to this by wrecking your focus. You can combat this problem by switching to active learning methods from passive learning methods. The benefit of active learning methods is that they steer you towards the direction of higher efficiency. We have listed a few differences between active and passive learning methods below:

Learning Environment Examples of Learning Experience Student Outcomes
Passive
  • Reading the textbook on the topic
  • Student Q&A with teacher
  • Listens to lectures on a topic
  • Bored
  • Crams for test
  • Unmotivated
  • Superficial Understanding of the topic
Active
  • Students working in groups
  • Class discussions on the topic (peer-peer learning)
  • Finding examples in their day to day life and sharing it in their class
  • Motivated
  • Engaged
  • Deeper and conceptual understanding of topics

Step Three: Distraction-Free Study Environment

Make sure to put your phone on silent and try not to keep it with you while studying. Even though we don’t want to be distracted don’t worry about taking breaks. The ideal should be to create an environment where taking breaks should be boring. Taking a short walk and sitting quietly for 10 -15 minutes are considered to be good breaks. Surfing the internet, chatting with your friends and playing games on the phone is bad.

Sometimes it is difficult to identify a burnout schedule. This can happen when one isn’t making enough progress towards your goal (or are procrastinating so much) that you feel you should be working more, not less. In these cases, it can sometimes be hard to recognize that your inability to stay focused is a symptom of unconstrained work hours, not laziness.

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