That's about it right there. You reach a point where you just aren't going to learn anything effectively if you are tired, uncomfortable, frustrated, etc. Pace yourself some more and give maybe 30 min break every hour.
Also helps me to put on some headphones and listen to good music, go somewhere you are comfortable but doesn't distract you.
I've never been able to do solid work or studying. If I'm writing an essay I'll be doing maybe like 5-10 minutes of writing it then I'll break and do something else then come back to it. If I'm reading something I can go for maybe an hour or so before getting bored unless it's something interesting, but when it comes to actually doing essays or assignments I do them purely in spurts.
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your brain can only retain so much at a time..
In my last Psych class the book said something like 30 minutes is the most you can fully pay attention to something without taking a few minutes break, unless you change the subject..... like going from english to math...
There was also something about not getting a good night sleep the night after (and 3rd night after?) is a major problem for that information to ever find it's way to long-term memory...
it's probably best to study for 30min-1hr then take a 5-10 minute break, get something to eat/drink, then go back to it....
I'm not a psych major or anything, just some random things I remembered...
get yo bitch-ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!
I study for about 2-3 hours max in 1 sitting with a few 5min breaks thrown around here and there. Then I gotta take at least a 4hour break before my next study session. During that four hour break your mind will be "consolidating" the info you studied into your long term memory. That consolidating period is essential for you to remember the info for your test. This is why cramming right before an exam does not work since you wont have a consolidation period to help put the learned info into long term memory. Trust me, i'm minoring in psychology and have taken a memory class
We've heard this a gazillion times from professors/teachers, and it works -- When you're done with class that evening, go back over your notes and study em. If you can't bring yourself to do that, rewrite em. This works miracles. If you end up looking at them a week after you wrote them, you won't remember them as well.