How to take a study break: 6 tips for managing your study time

It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much experience you have; I don’t think anyone should try to focus on their work or studies for more than an hour and a half without taking a break.

Also, this is on the more lengthy side. Before taking a break, the average person should limit their time spent doing homework or studying to between forty-five and sixty minutes at a stretch.

The Pomodoro Technique involves working or studying for a predetermined amount of time, typically 25 minutes, followed by a brief rest that is prearranged (5 minutes). It is necessary to keep repeating these intervals until the assignment is finished. This is a structured time management technique that works particularly well for persons who suffer from ADHD or who are easily distracted in general.

Even if you aren’t using the Pomodoro Technique, I strongly recommend that you schedule a break from your studying and set a timer for it every 45–60 minutes.

Six study-break strategies that save time and brain power

When we stop what we’re doing to study (or do our homework or take a break at work), we inherently disrupt our “flow.” Even a brief break of five minutes can be enough time for us to forget where we were up to in our job before we stop for the break. If you ask me, this is counterproductive, and it drives me crazy at the same time.

What is the answer? Acquire the skills necessary to take study breaks in the appropriate manner. The course of least resistance. The logic behind it all.

You may ensure that you are taking productive breaks from studying by employing the following extremely basic tactics and that you are able to return to your work in a smooth manner after each break you take by following these strategies.

1. Create a schedule for your study breaks in advance. Managing the time you spend studying and/or working requires managing your breaks; therefore, you should figure out the time you will spend on breaks before you start learning. You may decide to stop working after a predetermined amount of time, such as forty-five minutes, or you could make it a point to cease working at a predetermined moment in your study or work session (like after reading Chapter 12).

When you sit down to work, you ought to be aware of how much time you have left to complete the task at hand before taking a break. Yes, this is beneficial for your level of productivity; however, it also makes better use of your brain space.

2. Take breaks at the logically occurring checkpoints. If you had intended to work for forty-five minutes, but you still had one more page to read when your timer went off (you are using a timer, right?! ), then it makes sense to just keep going for one more page rather than stopping early. Don’t just pause in the middle of your sentence because the timer just went off.

3. You should come up with a rough plan for how you’re going to spend your break. Depending on what you consider to be “work,” you will most likely require a different kind of break. If you have just spent the past half an hour staring at a screen, then I strongly advise you to refrain from staring at a screen (I’m looking at you, Instagram) when you are taking your break. If, on the other hand, you just spent the last hour reading and annotating a textbook, you could feel justified in taking a break to check your social media accounts. Regardless, you should have a broad idea of what you intend to accomplish during your break so that you don’t spend the better part of your break time arranging what it is that you intend to do during your break time…

4. Make a note of your current situation for yourself. Before you get up to take your break (which reminds me to remind you that you should most certainly get up when you take a break), write yourself a Status Note so that you can remember where you left off and what you need to do when you get back to work. I’m reminding you of this because it reminds me to remind you that you should get up when you take a break. Even if you claim that you won’t forget this knowledge, you should nevertheless write it down just in case. Don’t expect yourself to remember it. Don’t try to impress anyone; post-it notes were created specifically for situations like this one. (Maybe. It looks promising.)

5. Limit your study break time. You should set a specific end time for your break; otherwise, it might become an indefinite pause, which might lead to an extended session of binge-watching on Netflix… just saying.

How long you stay away from your work or studies relies on who you are, how you work, what you’re doing, how much time you have available in your calendar and approximately 27 other aspects of your life. Your amount of time spent working should, to some extent, influence the length of your breaks. To put it another way, the more hours you put in at work, the longer breaks you will be able to take.

6. Get ready for what will happen after the break before the break. Make sure that your workspace has everything you’ll need when you get back from your break before you leave it to go take a break. If you are going to be switching duties after your break, prepare the new materials you will need, open the appropriate papers and/or websites, and so on so that you can get back to work as quickly and efficiently as possible when you return.

Final notes

You have to take a small break

 from your work every once in a while, regardless of how conscientious or enthusiastic you are about it. It is beneficial to your productivity, as well as your motivation and mental stamina, to take a short break every so often in order to reset your bearings. But with that said, don’t wing it. Don’t just stop studying whenever you feel like it; schedule your breaks.

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