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How Long Should I Study?

By April 18, 2007

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Study time: this topic is one that students ask about most frequently in emails. The answer is that there is no answer that's right for everyone! Why? Because it's not really a matter of how long you study, it's how effectively you study that really matters.

Why is it that I can read an entire chapter but then I don't remember any of it later?

This can be a big problem for students. It is so frustrating to try your best and devote the time to reading an entire chapter and then get little benefit from your effort. Not only that, it causes tension between students and parents, who may sometimes doubt that you've really tried all that hard. It isn't fair on you!

Why don't I remember things during the test? I feel so dumb!

Actually, all these questions address the same problem. You're not dumb at all! You are unique. The key to studying is in identifying the way your particular brain works best. When you figure this out, you can learn to study more effectively. Soon you will likely find that you remember things, even at test time! No more wasting your time reading a chapter only to forget it all!

Take the time to get to know your brain by reading over the information about learning styles and intelligence types. This information should be a starting point for you. Once you finish here, do more research and get to know yourself a little better!

Find out what makes you special!


September 18, 2010 at 10:17 am
(1) Michelle says:

Isn’t there a certain length of time that the brain can concentrate on something? Is there such a thing as study endurance?

October 14, 2010 at 12:07 am
(2) Steve says:

Yes, 4 hours is the length of concentration.

March 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(3) teddran says:

I’m in 6th and i study for 20-45 min depending on how much

March 4, 2011 at 5:58 am
(4) shreya says:

for how much time should i study in class 7

June 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm
(5) Erin says:

Im in college and i study for at least 6 hours a day, often more

July 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(6) Tami says:

I am in a college level vocational program (Psych nursing) I study for hours a day,I need to come up with a better system,because the relentless studying is leaving me so tired and with severe headaches,and my test scores still aren’t where I want them.

October 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm
(7) Emily says:

My brain usually stops processing around the 5th hour. 9th Grade,

November 9, 2012 at 11:38 am
(8) madison says:

well, my brain stops working around 20 min. i just so unfocused…HELP ME!! I HAVE TO CRAM FOR AN ALGEBRA TEST!!

February 27, 2013 at 1:33 am
(9) Jeffrey says:

Im three weeks late from my usual academic? How can i manage my time?

June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm
(10) Lara says:

I am quite young and i study from 3-9 hours and i have a good memory also, so i remember the things that i study. But my question is am i cramming? Should i shorten my study sessions up because my class mates say i am crazy but i feel comforatable with my studying.

June 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(11) homeworktips says:

If you are comfortable and successful with your study habits, why change? If you tend to burn out from studying too long, you should consider breaking up your time with other activities. Nine hours is a long time to study, so I do hope you don’t do that very often!

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