Today we will answer two very common questions: How many hours per day should I study? And when is it best to study?
It is often a consolidated practice among students to make great studies especially close to exams. We often study 7-8 hours a day, perhaps in the evening or at night, on Saturdays and Sundays.
The truth is, it is not absolutely necessary to study marathons to get good results.
The problems that usually force students to carry out such intensive study sessions are usually of two types:
– problems related to poor organization , for which we find ourselves having to study hours and hours a day, under great stress, to make up for previously lost time
– an ineffective study method, due to which it is necessary to devote a lot of time to the study, which could usually be halved by improving one’s methodology.
So how much to study per day?
A normal day devoted entirely to study should include about 5 hours of study distributed between morning and afternoon.
This allows us to study with continuity and commitment without getting too tired. Studying for greater number of hours puts the brain and body under stress, drastically decreasing the quality of the study produced in the long run.
If you study 7-8 hours in a single day, the next day you will easily no longer have the clarity and motivation to repeat the same effort that will have proved useless.
Much better 2 days of 4-5 hours each.
Never study 3-4 hours straight without ever taking a break, take a 10-minute break at least every hour, this will help you keep your concentration fresh.
If you study 3 hours straight, you will inevitably take a very long break to recover, and then it will be difficult to start studying again.
To distribute the workload well and above all, take short breaks (never more than 15 minutes) during the study day at specific times set by you.
When is it best to study? What is the best time of day to study?
In general, it is possible to say that the morning is the time of day when our mind is more ready and receptive to study.
Even during the afternoon (if you have a light lunch) you can achieve a good level of concentration.
In the evening we are usually more tired and less ready to face complex arguments and arguments.
Eventually, if necessary, it is possible to dedicate the evening hours to review, as the brain often proves to be receptive to this kind of activity.
However, it must be said that the above indications are general and may not apply to everyone, as there is a certain variability from person to person.
In fact, there are students who enjoy studying late in the evening and others who are happy to study early in the morning.
One piece of advice we can give you is to try to study at different times of the day and check when on average you feel more active and concentrated.
So, this is all about how many hours per day should I study? However, if you are afraid of ‘getting stuck’ or not finding the right words, maybe try to devote some time to what you have available to practice, but never lapse into being a ‘parrot’.
Additionally, if you are afraid of not remembering the words, don’t worry! The concepts will remain in place and the words to express them will come by themselves at the appropriate time.