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I'm interested in learning about and implementing study aids, boons, leads, pointers, ..., preferably those proven through research. I'm regardful of questions such as How to set a realistic deadline for a study task when you aren't familiar with the subject?, How to study efficiently few days before the exams [considering that one hasn't throughly studied any subject by now]?; though I'm seeking more specific, categorical answers. Please feel free to emend or dilate upon this or dilate. I tender some example questions:

  1. How many subjects should be studied during a day? Per contra, is it more productive to devote a day to a subject? For example, what interval of spaced repetition befits math?

  2. What's the optimal number of hours of study per day?

  3. Does it veritably help to take days off from studying? If so, how many? How often? Moreover, should students halt/suspend study for a longer period, on the order of a "vacation"?

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Not worth an entire answer: Do all the exercises, make all the proofs, see the beauty in math. Don't bother with 'hours a day'. Just enjoy! – Syd Kerckhove Dec 31 '14 at 10:01

Speaking only about math as an amateur mathematician myself I have to tell you it is very hard to set deadlines. The reason is the fact that math is such an abstract field, one day you can be doing 10 pages an hour, and on other days you can't manage a page in a day.

My best advice when learning math and studying is following:

  1. Know the definitions. For example if there is some mathematical operation then you should know it's definition, you must know what it represents at the deepest level.

  2. Know the axioms. This is important, I can't even stress how much. A lot of times simple axioms get lost in the head and those tend to be very important.

  3. Know the proof and know the theorems. It says it self.

Got to go now, my pomodoro is ringing

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One method I am convinced is a key technique to assist study is I am told is backed by research (Sorry I can't reference). This technique is about revision as an essential way of retaining knowledge. Eg; each Learning event should be revised 1 hour, 1 Day, 3 days 1 Week 2 weeks after (or any other suitable time frames) and each revision by nature will take less and less time.

An automated system to prompt the revision events would be helpful especially when multiple learning events take place.

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The phrase you're looking for is "spaced repetition". See – Dennis S. Mar 11 '14 at 18:05

To improve general studying ability, focus on improving your health. Your energy levels and learning ability are linked to diet, exercise, and sleep.


Avoid eating foods that contain a high glycemic load like pasta, candy, and soda. This will help prevent blood sugar spikes which lead to energy crashes. Personally, I prefer the "paleo" style of eating with meats and lots of veggies, but different diet approaches work for different people.


Cardiovascular exercise is linked with increased brain cell growth and increased learning ability. Try walking during your study breaks.


Getting proper sleep is essential to learning. In addition to helping your energy levels, getting adequate sleep helps your brain consolidate and filter memories.

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  • Keep a separate list of important concepts and formulae to revise as often as possible.
  • Master the applications of the formulae.
  • If there are any doubts clear them with your teacher as soon as possible;don't leave clearing of doubts till the last day.
  • Study basic concepts from NCERT books and practice both examples and questions given in NCERT.
  • Give extra attention to topics with higher marks weight age.
  • Practice long answer questions.
  • Practice questions from previous year papers, sample papers and model papers within the time frame you will have at the final exam.
  • Create a study schedule, focusing on your weak areas but still giving time to brush up on already completed topics.
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