My little sister rolls her eyes every time I tell her that she shouldn’t be studying on her bed. I recite the warnings that studying on your bed makes you more tired, but she retorts that she doesn’t feel sleepy and that it’s fine. But whether or not she admits it, studying on her bed is working against her effort of studying. When it comes to studying, there are a lot of things we’re supposed to do. Like start studying way in advance, making notes and asking questions, rewriting things in our own words, and on and on and on. But there’s one very, very important thing that a lot of us miss in our efforts to optimize studying.
Taking a break. Before you start to feel guilty at the very thought of it, hear me out (or, read me out). Taking breaks are essential to doing your best for a few reasons – a) it gives you a chance to absorb what you’ve been reading b) it gives you a chance to catch your breath & c) it gives you a chance to get moving! When you’re stuck on a problem or trying to digest a theory, what better way to jog your memory than to go for a real jog? Moving around may just kick-start those creative juices after all, going for a run to some of your favorite music could just be the adrenaline you need in between study sessions.
But before you go off running or dancing or downward dogging or any combination thereof, you’ve got to have something in your belly to keep you nourished and energized. Read More