Picking up a book to study is as simple as ABC. Studying it for long hours is a little bit difficult, they are proven ways to study without getting tired.
It is no news that many students cannot study up to two hours at a go . Some lose concentration after 40 minutes of study. What if you can stretch your effective daily study hours from 40 minutes to ten hours..? It’s hard, no doubt, but achievable.
In this post, I’ll cover steps which will help you fight lethargy (plus additional steps you can take to fight sleepiness).
But before I come to the steps, I want to make three quick points:
Firstly, When it comes to mastering academics or any field for that matter, number of hours in itself doesn’t mean much. What matters is the quality of study you put in?
Secondly, If despite being well rested you feel lethargic and challenging to start, then the problem may lie elsewhere. You may be procrastinating or, worse, you may be lacking in motivation. We all procrastinate and it can be overcome with effort, but lack of motivation may require intervention at a deeper, bigger level.
Thirdly,Don’t stretch yourself at the cost of sleep and exercise. Such routine will compromise your health and hence won’t be sustainable.
Having Said that,let’s look at steps you can take to study long hours without getting overly tired or drowsy:
1. Eat to maintain energy levels
A hungry man will definitely get angry. You need a simple diet before embarking on the journey of serious study.
Studies have shown that, your brain constitutes just 2 percent of your body weight, it guzzles 20 percent of your daily energy intake.
Therefore, it’s important to eat in a way that sustain your energy level when performing mentally exhausting tasks,. Eat higher proportion of low Glycemic Index (GI) foods (examples: oats, porridge, low-sugar museli, granola bars, yogurt with seeds/ nuts, low-fat dairy, soups, salads, anything wholegrain, and most fruits), which release glucose slowly into bloodstream.
2. Create A Reading Map:
Map out the areas you wish to cover for that day. Say to yourself, “I must finish this part before I stop”. Setting goals increase your study rate by ten fold (It is a rocket loader).
3. Take regular breaks;
All work and NO play makes Jack a dull boy!…so don’t be Jack, you should take break for two reasons; It not only relaxes you, but it also restores your waning concentration.
Your concentration starts dropping after 50 minutes or so, and if you keep powering your way through, you’ll be studying with lesser concentration.
4. Conserve your mental energy
Because your brain is energy guzzler (2 percent vs. 20 percent), it’s important not to dissipate your energy by letting your mind wander into debilitating, irrelevant thoughts. Thoughts that linger on:
“Why did he / she behave with me so rudely?”
“What if I fail in the exam?” And so on!…
I know it’s not easy to control such wandering thoughts, but if you can…then you conserve some precious energy.
An effective way to squash such thoughts is to recognize them the moment they cross your mind.
5. Group Study:
This is my beloved method, I love this method personally because it works for me.
Studying in group not only make you remember 80% of everything you read, but also makes you read for a longer time. Having said that, now call a friend over to your home and begin reading together!
6. Switch Location:
Don’t just sit in one position and Read!…it makes you get bored and sleepy too!
According to my research from Google; Walking round even as you study can put distractions aside and make you study for a very long time. Try this and let me know if it works for you…
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