The most effective study session is one that is part of a study routine. That includes everything from periodic study sessions to creating an online school schedule to help make sure you’re taking time for breaks like going for a walk, chatting with a friend, or having a snack.
Remember, when it comes to gaining and retaining new knowledge, it’s not always mind over matter. Your physical needs often have a direct effect on your ability to learn—and understanding how your brain works can make a big difference in your academic success.
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As helpful as general study advice can be, it’s also essential to remember that a large part of the learning experience is physical. Dr. Anees Chagpar, professor of surgery at Yale’s School of Medicine, says, “Education relies on the well-being of learners and instructors.” So, no matter how many flash cards you create, your body needs to be well to do well.
“Sleep improves productivity. Exercise improves cognition and leads to fewer days in the doctor’s office,” Dr. Chagpar goes on to explain. “A balanced diet provides essential energy to tackle challenges. There is clear data that taking care of our health is critical not only to preventing disease, but also for improving our quality of life and learning ability.”
Once your physical needs are met, you'll be better equipped to sit down for a successful study session.