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What to do during study breaks…

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Shivani Dave | Computer Science Contact Shivani
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We all know studying is important and can help us progress in life. It helps us comprehend theory which we can apply later on, pass exams and (most importantly) sound clever by explaining something to someone who knows 0 about the subject. But there is something else that exists within the depths of books and pens and pages soaked in highlighter ink….BREAKS! Study breaks are as (or arguably more) important than the studying itself – but we barely give any attention to these minutes, hours or (in my case lol) days off of hitting the books. These periods of time between study sessions are ultimately the decider of our level of energy, willingness to learn and current mood as we enter our next study session – or even if we get back to studying.

According to a 2012 study at USC and MIT during what we would call a ‘break’, our brain is still highly active and the activity that happens during this period is essential for consolidating memories and making links to the past and the future. This clearly shows that breaks are a part of learning and help to maintain our psychological well-being.

Therefore, I’m guessing that what we do during these breaks determines how well we perform in our next study session. In order to ensure you return to your work relaxed, refreshed and ready to learn, take a look at the tips I have collated below:

1. DO NOT scroll social media

According to a study published in the Journal of Behavioural Addictions, the passive stimulation from scrolling through your phone takes a toll on your mental abilities. The study centred around a group of undergraduates who were asked to complete a set of demanding word puzzles. The students who took a break on their phone midway took 19% longer to complete the tasks and answered 22% less problems compared to the other participants who took a paper break.

Of course, apply this in moderation-  when you know that you won’t feel like returning to studying for a while, it’s fine to scroll through Instagram and catch up with your friends.

2. DO NOT eat junk food

If you want to take a snack break, it’s best to leave out the Pringles and Haribo packs at the door. While they may taste decent (debatable with some flavours though), they won’t provide you with the nutrients you need to maintain concentration. They can end up making you feel sluggish and sleepy. Fresh fruit and vegetables such as apples, carrots and grapes will help you feel full and awake to study.

3. DO NOT study in a distracting setting

You probably all know this by now, but the temptation of the bed when you’re feeling lazy at 3 in the afternoon can be too much to handle for some. Similarly, studying in the living room 5cm away from your TV remote will not lead to the most productive session of studying or TV watching. Study in a room or section of a room (if tight on space) that’s free from distractions (including people you know you are likely to talk to). Out of sight, out of mind.

4. DO exercise

Depending on how much time you have, this can be a quick session at the gym, a home workout video or just a walk around the block. Exercise will not only re-energise you, but will help to improve your mood and prevent you from sitting in the same position for hours at a time. Other studies have shown that exercise enhances studying through the production of the protein FNDC5 which helps with the reproduction of brain cells. For more information, see

5. DO socialise

As long as you are able to show self-control and leave the room / end the call when you need to get back to work, talking to a family member or friend can be one of the best ways to spend a break – especially after spending extended periods of time not talking to anyone when studying. Being able to unwind and destress with someone you care about helps you get rid of any worries about your work. While they may not have all the answers, it can help to talk over your situation and share your thoughts with someone else – they might even be able to offer a different perspective!

Those are some of my tips for what you should and shouldn’t do during those breaks – hopefully I will take this advice too! If you have any more suggestions please drop me a message! xx

 

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Shivani Dave | Computer Science Contact Shivani
You can ask me about anything - whether it's related…
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