7 Practical Steps to Study Long Hours Without Getting Tired

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Woman study at library
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When it comes to studying for exams, be it last minute cramming or long-term studying, it’s crucial that you’re paying attention the whole time. 

However, if you’re trying to study for long hours, getting tired and losing focus can be something of an impossibility to avoid.

Fortunately, though, there are some ways that you can avoid getting (too) tired while studying – or working – long hours. 

And today, we’ll be considering a few of the most practical and easily implementable steps to study long hours without getting tired, to hopefully boost your own studying experience and success.

7 Ways to Study Long Hours Without Getting Tired

Studying for a long time in one go can be really difficult. It’s even harder if you’ve been trying to do so for multiple days in a row – for example, during an exam week. 

However, at times, a long day of study may be necessary to make sure you completely understand all of the content you are learning – and to this end, we’ve come up with seven practical steps to study long hours without getting too tired in the meantime!

1 Don’t Put Music on to Begin With

One of the first tips we can give is to time your management strategies according to your energy levels. At the start of your study session, you’ll likely be feeling at your most energized and enthusiastic than – say – 5 hours down the line. 

So, if you can, try to put off turning on music to study to until you’re a little way into your study session.

After a while, music can become less effective at motivating you. However, if you can study for an hour or two before opting for your music, you’ll have something to aim towards to keep you motivated and something of a fresh start at hour two when the songs start playing.

2 Try Different Learning Mediums

Unless it’s something you are quite genuinely fascinated in, reading your textbook for hours at a time will likely become unengaging and dull soon into your studying. 

A good way to overcome this is to try and incorporate different study styles as the study session progresses. 

For example, you could start by reading your textbook for half an hour, then spend an hour making flashcards, the next hour making a poster, the following hour trying online quizzes, and the like.

3 Make Sure to Eat

Studies have proven that mentally exhausting tasks (like studying!) are quick drainers of energy. As such, make sure you eat and drink plenty of nourishing, energy-rich foods to keep you going strong throughout the study process.

 Low GI foods such as oats, porridge, and the like can also help provide a more continual release of energy to fuel you for longer.

4 Try Study Videos When You Get Tired

If you’re really tired and are struggling to keep focused, putting a study video on could be a great option. 

There are usually a plethora of study videos designed to be fun (or, as fun as they can be) online, and these can provide a break from the relative monotony of studying when you’re really tired. 

Watching a study video requires a lot less effort on your part than practicing flashcards, and even if it’s not as effective, it’s still a more productive option than napping on top of your textbook. (Unless you need some sleep desperately, in which case – take a break!)

Similarly to the music point that we mentioned earlier, try to leave the study videos until last if you can, to give yourself a goal.

5 Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

During exams, it can be incredibly easy to compare your knowledge and performance to others. However, this can severely limit your ability to focus and study, and just lead to you stressing about other people’s performance when you should be focusing on being the best that you can possibly be. 

What does it matter what grades other people got? There will be people getting higher results than you, and people will get lower results than you.

So, don’t worry about it; just do the best that you can possibly do, and take confidence in the fact that it doesn’t matter how your peers do so long as you do your best. 

In fact, the new psle cut off point for 2021 has even been adjusted specifically to this end – so that it’s not a direct comparison to other students. And if official grading systems are promoting this mindset, then it’s surely something worth considering for your own studying!

6 Take a Break

Studying for a solid 7 hours is almost impossible – and even if you are somehow superhuman and can pull this off, it’s quite likely that you won’t be studying overly well by the end of the study session. So, take a break. 

There’s nothing wrong with taking a short break every so often – for example, 5 minutes break for a coffee and a snack after an hour of studying or after completing a section – to rejuvenate yourself.

Plus, this will also give you some time to quietly reflect on what you’ve just learned, which can help take the pressure off and leave you feeling just a little more energized when you start again. 

So, don’t try and push through the whole 7 hours solidly; you’ll only exhaust yourself, and then the studying will likely be fruitless anyway.

7 Don’t Panic!

The worst thing you can do for your studying productivity is panicking about the exam. Even if your long study session is cramming for an exam in a few days, try not to panic. If you feel yourself starting to panic, take some time to relax, calm down, and breathe. 

We know it’s easier said than done, but a panicked study session won’t help, so you might as well try and relax if your panicking, as that’s the most productive thing you can do at that time!

Final Thoughts

So, we’ve summarized some of our key top tips for studying long hours without getting tired – but what do you think of our choices? Have you tried any of these tips and did they work for you? 

Do you have your own suggestions for studying long hours without getting tired? Let us know in the comments below, and remember – there’s more to life than exams, so make sure to take a little time off in the middle of your study session for yourself! And good luck!