I, for one, probably take more time for breaks than I do for actual studying, but it’s not always easy to take a break. Sometimes they go on too long, sometimes you don’t know what to do, and sometimes you just don’t want to take a break from your work.
Each hour, you should take a 20 minute break, not the other way round! To help you, we’ve come up with a few ways that might help you use your break in a way that will get you straight back on track with studying.
Make a cuppa
You need to refuel after an hour of study. Get yourself a drink and a snack to help you. The most important part is getting up and having a change of scene, so have your drink in the kitchen or living room rather than in your study space.
Go for a walk
If you’re lucky enough to live next to a park or the waterfront, go outside for a bit. The fresh air will bring you back refreshed and ready for another hour of study. Even if you just walk to the shop or in your garden, it really wakes you up.
Watch an episode
If you’re not a “just one more episode” person, start a new series on Netflix. Find one with quick 20 minute episodes (we can all watch Friends over and over again!). Make sure that you’re quite disciplined with this, otherwise before you know it, it’ll be time for your next “official” break!
Read a chapter
Get yourself a new book (something exciting!) and have a read of a chapter each study break. If you study enough, you’ll finish the book quickly too! Take it to another room, so you’re not distracted by thoughts about what you’re studying.