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How to Study for Hours without Long Breaks: Simple Tips- A Guide to Get You Through

Updated on July 26, 2013

Easy tips to studying for long hours

So, the trick to being able to study hours on end is keeping your focus and attention. Here are some methods that have helped me work for a few hours at a time, while maintaining my focus, so those hours weren't wasted.

Here are some things that I practice daily in order to study for hours at a time. (I do however, take breaks every hour or so, for about 3-5 minutes)


Coffee or Hot Chocolate or A Shot of Espresso

Get some caffeine in your system. It will may you feel more awake. However, I am still experimenting with coffee, I found I am more focused and awake when I have Hot Chocolate or a Vanilla Latte from Dunkin. It may be hard to believe that this tip actually is effective- which is why you should TRY it. Just try it for a week and see if you feel any different.

Eat Right

Sadly, a life of ramen and spagehttio's will not help you to focus your attention. You can have this junk food, just make sure before you study that you get both a serving of fruit and vegetables in you. Also, make sure you aren't overly full. Being too full or too hungry will compromise your focus and the effectiveness of your studying.

Foods & Drinks to Wake You Up

  • Bananas
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Green Tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Water (drink plenty of this throughout the day)

Keep some food by you while you're studying, so you can grab a few bites while you're hungry. Always keep water by you. Sometimes, when we're dehydrated, we think we're hungry. If you drink plenty of water this won't happen. It also helps you focus.

Don't study in your room

There are a lot of distractions in your room. From the computer, to music to the television- it really becomes super easy to become distracted. I actually found that when studying in my room NONE of these things distracted me. But you know what did? Having all my books there. So, instead when I should be dedicating hours to math... I would study other subjects that I didn't really need to study for.

Alternate Places to Study

  • empty classrooms
  • library
  • coffee shop (the aroma of coffee will wake you up as well)

My most effective studying occurs in empty classrooms.


Get Enough Sleep

I use to try going through the day on about 4-5 hours a day- it was easy for me to wake up then. But when I was sleeping that little, all I wanted to do was nap throughout the day. So I went back to about 7-9 hours of sleep, depending on my homework, and I feel so much better throughout the day. I don't want to nap and I can focus more since I'm not so sleepy. Please, do not overlook this step or think that the amount of sleep you get is not a big deal. This could make the difference between why you can only hold focus for 45 minutes and being able to focus for 4-5 hours.

Take SHORT breaks

While studying, when you feel your focus start to lag- take a 3-5 minute break. Collect yourself, get a drink or snack. Perhaps, this is all you need to be studying for hours at a time. Human concentration needs breaks for optimal studying. This will allow you to be able to continue studying, without feeling bad, unfocused, lazy and like you're wasting time.

Practice meditation

This is an awesome way to teach yourself to focus for hours. There are many benefits of meditating, and focusing and improving your cognitive capabilities. Our brains are still re-networking and re-wiring, even though they have grown- and they will do so from the ages of 12-25. So, learning how to meditate will help your brain to rewire and become use to focusing.

This is going the BEST tip I can give you, although this will take practice.

These tips may seem simple enough, but if you don't incorporate them into your life, then studying for hours may not be possible for you. Try these tops out for a week or two- you WILL see results- and if you don't, just stop.

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    mariexotoni 4 years ago

    thanks for you're always wonderful and kind comments lipnancy!

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    Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    What great suggestions for studying! I am sure many students will use it.