The Right Tips for a Productive Study Break
Ding! The alarm goes off on your phone signaling to you that it is finally time to take a well deserved study break. So, what do you do? Obviously you want to give your mind a break from the subject you've been studying. On the other hand, you don't want to your mind to become so disengaged that you can't get back on task once your break is over. The ideal study break is one where you can relax, do something enjoyable, get a few things done, and be ready to hit the books once the break is over. We've put together a few study break tips that will help you do just that.
Take Care of Potentially Distracting Tasks
While you were studying, were there any small tasks, that you were tempting you into distraction? Maybe checking your email, or reading your messages on Facebook? Cleaning is another another distraction that lures students away from their studies. If so, take care of that right away so that it won't bother you when you begin studying again.
Go for a Walk
Pacing around your room doesn't count. Grab your phone and your jacket and go outside for a 15 minute walk. You'll clear your head, get a bit of exercise, and stave off any cramps and sore muscles from hunching over your laptop for hours at a time.
Play a Quick Game
The operative word here is quick. Avoid games with multiple levels. You'll be too tempted to keep playing until you get to the next stage. Instead, try a quick word puzzle. This is a great way to keep your mind engaged while still taking a break from your studying.
Have a Snack
You need fuel to study, so get some during your break. You don't want to waste time on a lot of food preparation, but you don't want to eat junk either. You can solve this problem by keeping cut up fruit, crudites and dip, string cheese, and whole wheat crackers in your fridge. It's like having access to a 'lunchable' that's actually good for you.
Play some Upbeat Music
It's okay to have music on while you are studying, but it is best if you keep it low and mellow. Your looking for background noise, not your jam. When it's break time, everything changes, find something upbeat and turn up the volume. You'll feel invigorated when it is time to study again.
Drink a Bottle of Water
Hydration is important, and if you are like many college students you aren't getting enough water. To keep up your hydration, for better studying and better health, commit to drinking one 8 ounce bottle of water during each study break until you reach your daily required intake.
Set an Alarm
Don't trust yourself to get back to studying in a timely manner. You're going to get distracted. Then, a 20 minute study break will turn into a 90 minute work stoppage, and you'll have a really hard time getting back into the swing of things.
There's plenty things you can do at your study break. Just remember that getting distracted is ok. By any means you can always turn to our services for help.