Taking regular breaks while studying is vital for productivity, focus and wellbeing, yet many students resist taking breaks out of a misplaced fear that breaks will reduce productivity. The truth is that taking short, planned breaks helps the brain to recalibrate and restore functional levels. This leads to improved concentration levels, protection against fatigue and higher productivity that can be sustained over longer periods.

Key best practices around study breaks include experimenting to find the right work-to-break ratio for each individuals needs, planning ahead what work to do after a break and ensuring that breaks are enjoyable and take place away from the study space. Students can also supercharge their breaks by testing their memory after returning from a short break. Implementing these research-backed techniques can transform students experience of studying from an arduous process to a sustainable and even enjoyable experience.

By taking breaks, life becomes easier and the quality of work becomes better.Author – by Lee Parker, Occupational Therapist, Cambridge Academic Performance

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