How to study for long hours without getting distracted?

Needless to mention, many students face distraction while studying and hence are unable to concentrate for long hours. This is one of the chronic issues that each and every student these days suffer from considering the rise of the digital revolution and increased use of smartphones and mobile devices.

One should understand that each & every one of us has different capabilities. In fact, they should realise the fact that quality of study is more relevant than the quantity of study because ultimately it is not the number of hours that is going to make us sail through the exams but the level of understanding. To be honest, increasing your study hours is a tough task at hand and requires a lot of willpower to start with but is essentially attainable.

A student studying with 100% concentration for long hours

In this blog post, we will try to highlight some of the best actionable hacks for studying longer hours with full concentration and improve your daily output.

1) Prioritize: Choose difficult topics first

It has been scientifically proven that human beings are high on concentration level at the initial phase of our study hours and this gradually decreases with the passage of time. So, it is wiser to take up difficult topics in the beginning and keep the easier ones for the latter phase. This strategy works because difficult topics need high mental focus which can only be attained during our most productive or high concentration duration. Moreover, the easy topics would be a cake walk if you get the self motivation of completing the difficult topics even if you feel tired during the later study hours.

prioritize between different subjects

Another advantage of completing the complex topics first is; if you get them out of the way, you're likely to study for long hours.

Considering the mentioned points, we would suggest you to schedule all your non-productive and low-effort activities that may include making phone calls, socializing, daily chores later in the day, if possible.

2) Exercise daily

Several studies suggest that physical exercise improves concentration, long-term memory, boosts learning ability, and controls depression and anxiety. Not just this, the benefits of exercise go way beyond that. It helps you to be more motivated and focused.

two joggers running early in the morning

As per the latest survey, 30-odd minutes of vigorous, sweat-inducing cardiovascular exercises are good to start. So, all you need to put in is 30 minutes of time well-invested in your health and mind. If you are not sure which exercise would be suitable for you, please feel free to consult a professional trainer or healthcare provider to learn about the effective exercises.

3) Take a power nap

A Power nap is a short period of sleep that helps in elevating one’s energy and revitalizing their body. Our mind gets worked up after studying for long durations. Taking short naps ranging from 20-40 minutes can increase the quality of study you do, as the body is charged up even better than the time we wake up in the morning.

a student taking power nap after a long study session

Too much stress can also hamper your studies and a quick power nap can help to bring down the stress. While setting up your timetable try to incorporate at least 1 nap a day. It can do wonders! Set up an alarm if you do not wish to sleep more than the time devised.

It enhances memory as well as sharpens it along with bestowing upon your body lots of energy to go along and reach your goals.

4) Eat healthily: Maintain energy levels

People who eat junk food or fast foods during the study breaks are more likely to suffer from health issues or chronic diseases. This happens as it makes us lethargic and low on energy to perform. This is one of the main reasons for which people find it difficult to study for longer hours.

eat healthy

Thus, it is advisable to stick to healthy foods like normal home made food with lots of protein and fibre, especially brain foods like spinach, almond etc. which improves the mental tenacity. These foods act as a fuel for the human brain to work for the long study hours.

Students are in the growing stage of their life, the food they eat is a building block for everything. Missing out on meals, eating only junk food, eating at an odd time is a big no-no.

Apart from all these, having water in each 2 hours duration would ensure that the brain is properly hydrated and ready for use.

5) Take intelligent breaks

It has been scientifically proven that taking breaks in between studying not only reduces stress but also increases productivity. Taking a short break in between every topic/chapter done helps to recollect it in a better manner. It is also said that this practice will not only enhance memory but also ensure that the mind gets more time to absorb knowledge in a better way.

a student taking intelligent breaks in between successive study session

Intelligent breaks can help you become sharper and smarter. It can range from 5-60 minutes depending upon one’s necessity. It also helps to cope up with Boredom which is a challenge faced by almost every student. It is advisable to use productivity tools like Pomodoro timer, which can be used to effectively time your breaks in between two successive study sessions.For those who are unaware of this tool, Pomodoro technique is a time-management tool that is based on spaced study/work sessions with breaks in-between. Usually, a timer of 25 mins with a 5 mins break or a timer of 50mins with a 10 mins break is used in Pomodoro. It is based on the idea of working for a measured segment of time with small breaks of a few minutes in between.

It has been scientifically proven that an average human mind can not focus on more than 50mins in one stretch. So, instead of doing the work in-efficiently we should take breaks to rewire our minds and reset our energy levels. One of the things that I would recommend you is trying out digital detox, especially during these breaks.

One of the best Pomodoro Timer, which I figured out, was that of StudyGang’s which has an inbuilt study session time recording feature.

6) Cut off distractions

You're less likely to concentrate if you're fond of putting multiple objects around you. It is recommended to keep every disturbing object away while studying. Make sure your mobile phone is either switched off or on silent mode and your desk doesn't have the laptop or any other gadget on it.

a student studying in zero distraction environment or physical library

The main objective of such measures is to make sure that your only focus would be on the studies. To ensure better implementation of this, you need to first execute digital detox and secondly study at a clean & peaceful space. The location one can opt for can be a terrace or a local library. You can alternatively check out our virtual study rooms- it is absolutely free.

7) Keep everything organized

Improper management is the root cause of all the potential mishaps that might follow. Thus, making sure everything is organised on the study table is the first requisite for starting off. Apart from this, the study schedule for the day, week or month needs to be prepared beforehand to avoid any further confusions. Moreover, Micro planning of your study is one of the most crucial sectors to be focused on to ensure optimum management of time and resources.

a student keeping study plan organised to study

Make sure that the macro and micro schedule go in sync with the time in hand with ample breaks with in-between. This will make sure you can sustain for long hours without getting bored in between.

Bottomline: performing a physical activity, ensuring proper sleep, making a proper study schedule, eating healthy food, meditating and limiting the use of digital gadgets are some of the catalysts for maintaining concentration for long study hours.

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Written by

Avinash Tripathi

Founder & Chief Productivity Engineer at StudyGang. Making a dent in the universe, one user at a time.