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How to study long hours without being burnt out or getting bored?

I can't continuously study more than 2.5 hours. After that, I become exhausted. If I continue to study after that time limit, I read something but the materials seem to be not entering my head. I just ...
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How to take notes when reading technical books

Do you know of any systems such as mind maps or flash cards for taking notes while reading technical/programming textbooks? For example, after reading two chapters of a dense textbook and taking a 1 ...
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Being an introvert, how do I move forward and not feel dejected with my progress?

I am a student who is introverted and I believe in making my own success. I set goals, plan my time well and work towards the goal. However, of late, I feel that I am moving towards my goals at a ...
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How to increase productive number of hours

I am working in software industry and my job demands me working 10-12 hours everyday. In addition to this I spend sometime in travelling everyday 1.5 hours approx. When I reach home in evening ...
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How to keep self promises unbreakable for long time?

Few days ago I promised myself that: I will be dedicated to my study for a long time. I will never watch any movie, never waste time on internet or x-box, etc. (sometimes I wish to break my x-box ...
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How to get over passive thinking

I need to get some advice on overcoming mental passivity. I have never had efficient study skills before (always managed to be average or above average by cramming), and now that I'm at a top 10 ...
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How to go from an above (slightly) average student to a 'top' student?

to be more specific, I would like to get some advice on perhaps study/lifestyle tips etc, on how I can go from being a slightly above average student to being a 'top' student. To give a bit more ...
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Knowing I want to accomplish something but feeling like I don't want to

I have found interest in a few subject matters. These subject matters have me really curious, I'm spending a lot of time thinking about these subject matters in one way or the other. When I'm engaged ...
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How to handle disturbances to “don't-break-the-chain”?

I need to study for ~1 hour daily, everyday. Since I have no teacher, I found the best form of personal motivation is "don't-break-the-chain". After a month or two of study with this system, I always ...
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Burnout in the middle of semester

I am a student studying the last semester of a 2-year Master's course. My performance in the last three semesters has been according to my expectations. In my last winter break, I had spent almost all ...
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How do I motivate myself to study sincerely?

I am an IT professional. I am working as a developer for last 5 years. Along with this I am pursuing a degree course in distance learning. Due to this job I get very few hours daily to study (maximum ...
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How to not forget thing I studied in the past?

I've got a problem; I forget many things I learned in the past. I study at university, it's my 4th year. I am almost done, but I guess I'm in big trouble. Many tasks I got I just can't solve and it ...
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Does note taking not by hand help remember things?

I've heard of various studies that found that just taking notes helps remember things, even if you throw the notes out immediately after. Is this only true for note taking done by hand with a pen and ...
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How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
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Study Skills and Strategies for an Academic Subject like Math

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 ...
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Should I study a course to maximize information retention or grade? Should I continue to study this way?

I'm at my last year of engineering undergrad. When I look at my past grades, I can't help but notice that I'm performing just above average and that's it. Almost straight 80s (A-) for two semesters in ...
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How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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What are basic techniques to cope with an extremely tough and totally unfamiliar university subject?

Let someone has completed a Bachelor degree. For some reason, he needs to take a graduate course in something hard and unrelated to his Bachelors; how should he approach studying the subject? For ...
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How to make studying interesting like movies?

Why is everything more interesting than studying? E.g: eating, drinking, watching a movie, looking around, sitting, standing, daydreaming, listening to songs... Even doing the most boring thing is ...
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Converting work (studying & coding) into constant stimulation

I have an addictive personality for activities with constant stimulation. videogames - call of duty reddit/youtube - always changing I struggle with keeping focused and interested in work ...
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Time-variation in pomodoro technique?

I have just started using the pomodoro technique. However, often after a 30 min work interval (I have changed the 25 minute interval to 30), I often don't feel exhausted and think I could go on ...
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How do I study the books that don't have answers at the back?

There are several classical books on mathematics which are a pleasure to study from. However, after reading its materials and working through the theorems and solved problems, I feel very ...
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Pomodoro for studying programming books

Currently how I use Pomodoro is using 25 minutes of study, then 5 minutes rest. And I do this for studying programming books. Is that how I should be doing it or should I first break down sections of ...
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How to concentrate and study something that is boring

I'm a high school student, I have a problem with learning geography. For me, it's the most boring subject I have to learn. I can't concentrate and remember the things I have to. If I read 10-15 pages ...
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How long should one study continuously before taking a break for optimum result? [duplicate]

What's the norm? I was thinking of having a break every 1 hour. How long should a break normally be? And in general how long do people study before taking breaks? Is a 5-10 minute break enough ...
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Get the motivation to change (i'm stuck)

Maybe I'm posting this at the wrong place but let's give it a try. Last year was pretty tough; working full-time, having classes in the evening until almost 10:30 pm, my parents divorced, and had to ...
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Using pomodoro technique for studying

I normally use the pomodoro technique when working on my own projects. Now, I have an upcoming test. So I was wondering if I should use the pomodoro technique for studying as well. Is the technique ...
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How to set goals when studying?

One of the main issues I have when it comes to studying is that I don't have a tangible goal. At school, if the teacher says "hand it in this paper tomorrow", you know that when you finish the paper, ...
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Motivating self to study subjects not related to work

I really like to study a subject like philosophy, discrete mathematics and some others because the topics fascinate me, but having a full-time job as a system analyst and programmer it is really very ...
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How to solve the dillemma of shorter-time versus deeper-understanding?

When we studied undergraduate, we were always in a dilemma of shorter-time versus deeper-understanding. For example, to complete the whole study material we always had few hours in our hand. If we ...
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Scientific studies on the effectiveness of accountability partners

Does anybody know of any scientific studies which show that using accountability partners can effectively get someone to to build a habit or do something? I'm particularly interested in studies that ...
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I don't know how to use my time productively after work hours

I work from 8:00 to 5:00 so by the time I get home it is close to 6:00 pm. There are two main things I want to do but I can't: Going to gym which is about 5 minutes drive from my home Studying ...
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Does making summaries work?

I'm taking a 4-month uni course which covers the widest variety of topics (file systems, file structures, compression, cryptography...), and the sheer amount of things to read and concepts to ...
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How to avoid being frustrated with poor study material

Often when studying a new complex subject, I become frustrated because neither the lecture notes handed out by the teacher, nor the notes I took are complete enough for me to grasp the whole picture. ...
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How to effectively study for a test of many small, random details from a dense textbook?

My college instructor has given students 3 weeks to prepare for a test covering 300 pages from the course textbook. Based on my experience with the first test, covering a previous 300 pages of the ...
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How to become a top student in high school?

I'm an average high school student and I take 5 subjects (Eng, Maths, Chem, Phy and German). It's my final year and I'm still scoring averages in all these subjects. There's a scholarship I've long to ...
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For what kind of activity is Pomodoro technique effective?

I've tried using Pomodoro Technique when I was studying, though I wouldn't dare use it when I'm programming. It is somewhat helpful when I have to watch videos of lectures and take notes. I thought I ...
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How to recover from a sad situation and concentrate on the tasks on hand? [closed]

I know this question is very situation based. But I really need help. Please provide your thoughts. It would be really useful for me. I have to appear for an exam in June which require lot of ...
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How to Improve Focus While Learning Anything?

I have a problem while focusing to Learn anything. for instance i am learning through a tutorial on the net about some topic, i have a bad habit of researching all material from many websites and ...
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problems with programming

TL;DR: I am starting a programming pre-job training based on C# in a few days. While I have tried to learn the basics and theory but I inexplicably cannot code, can you help me out with a few tips? ...
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How to solve my coursework problems efficiently

What is the most efficient way to approach problem solving? I currently use trial and error or fitting the question to similar questions I have solved before. Breaking the problem down to the base ...
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What can I do during the breaks between the stressful long study hours that would not be counterproductive?

Playing computer games during the breaks would not certainly be productive to do between the long study hours. Watching TV will also not be a good idea (it will jam the brain further, I guess). ...
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A better approach to studying?

I am a university student. Of late, I have gotten into the habit of 'studying' at the last moment. Before I proceed, let me clarify. In my university, exams have questions that require me to write ...
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How can an undergraduate find “extra” time for “extra” topics?

I'm a full time math student and consequently I spend most of my time studying for classes, exams, etc. I would really love to cut out in my weekly routine some time to explore (that is, self-study) ...
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Getting back into studies after many years

I am an IT professional and have around 9 years of experience. I had completed my post graduation 9 years back. I used be good at studies at that time, a high scorer and it wasn't difficult for me to ...
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Dislike towards sleeping late in order to study

I dislike/cringe at the thought of having to sleep late in order to study. This is for the reason that I make it a point to go to the gym everyday, and to get the most out of it I need to get the most ...
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What activities to do when I'm taking a free time from study? [duplicate]

Usually when I study for a long time, I take like 2 or 3 hours of break. In this break time I really can't think of activities that are useful but don't consume or push information into my mind. The ...
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Multi-field studies - help with schedule

Well, basically I have recently figured out one truth : if one doesn't study systematically, one will never succeed or reach advanced level in the field of studies. The problem is that I have too many ...
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How shall I study now…?

I am a class 12 student. I am going to write my board exams on march of next year, and write IIT JEE (engineering entrance exam). I haven't prepared well - I haven't studied much of the concepts ...
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Can someone really have multiple careers? [closed]

The one thing I really love about this site is that it allows subjective answers, unlike many of the other Stack sites. So here starts my rant. Please, get yourself a cup of coffee or light your ...