As students, we are always accustomed to those long study or homework sessions at some point during the semester. The stress of exams, homework, and deadlines pressure us to do a lot of things in one sitting. Perhaps this may be last-minute, or just on your own accord, to get everything done in one sitting, but at some point it is essential to take breaks between these tiresome sessions.
Taking breaks is a crucial part of any study or homework routine. According to the American Psychological Association, studies show that taking breaks can improve our moods and increase our performance. For fun, the study also shows that watching videos such as dog’s playing can also make you feel less stressed.
This means in-between study or homework breaks is an effective and efficient way of studying. It’s a way to clear your mind and get back to studying again.
At some point, while studying, do you feel like you’re just looking at words and not retaining information? This is a sign of ineffective studying. Ineffective studying can make you feel very tired and unmotivated because there’s just so many things going on.
As you constantly study, your brain actively processes non-stop information. It’s a muscle and, just like physical exercise, if you cease to do a study break, it will be challenging to retain information, thus making studying ineffective.
A really popular method for taking breaks is something called the Pomodoro Technique. Essentially, it goes like this:
- Set a time for whatever time you want. Let’s say 25 minutes.
- After 25 minutes have passed, give yourself a 10-minute break.
- After that 10-minute break, go back to studying for 25 minutes.
By doing this, you set a block of time just for studying and putting 100% of your focus on your work. After you are done with that allotted time slot, you take a break for 10 minutes to clear your mind and get back to effective studying.
As someone who has been using this technique for a while, it really does a lot of wonders for effective studying and homework sessions. These sorts of things can get tiring after a while, so this is why the technique helps a lot and why I recommend it to many people.
Little things like this help improve the quality of life during these intense study or homework sessions and incorporating this technique into your routine can really improve your experience. Just remember, the best way is to study smarter, not longer.