Is it best/more effective to revise for long periods at a time and then a break OR every 20 minutes and then have small/5 minute breaks?

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I get easily distracted revising and would like some advice on how to set my hours out.
Do I work in big chunks then a break or small hours with small breaks?

Posted Fri 6th April, 2012 @ 21:06 by Hannah Shipley

5 Answers

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I work in small chunks. 30 minutes slots or so. Then  test myself and about a 5 minute break (well they don't exist so lets say 10 minutes) and start again then I have a longer break. 

Answered Sat 7th April, 2012 @ 00:17 by world conqueror
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I agree with world conqueror. Before I used to revise for hours and hours but to be honest nothing really goes through you when you revise for a long time, so I tried revising for 30 mins with a small break and it just helps refreshen your mind, and it's more effective. 

Also @Hannah as you said you get distracted easily, well that happens to a lot of us so I suggest you revise in small chunks rather than for long periods. Maybe you could have a list or some sort where you write down everything you are planning to get done in a day. But remember to be realistic and specific with things. Then at the end of the day tick off everything you have done, this way you can see what you actually did in the day and what you haven't. Hope it helps... Good Luck, i hope all the best. 

Answered Sat 7th April, 2012 @ 11:13 by ? Secret - Team GR
Edited by ? Secret - Team GR on Sat 7th April, 2012 @ 11:15
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For me, it depends on the subject. I love revising science and History, for example, so I can spend longer on that because I don't get bored or distracted as easily. However I hate revising R.E and Graphics because they are dull for me so I tend to do 20 minutes and then break, also then I look forward to them as they're probably my two easiest subjects and broken up with breaks they're quite relaxing. Also I find that some subjects need longer; it takes me 30 minutes to get into the swing of English revision (which I think is the hardest to revise for) so I tend to spend quite long on that and then have a massive break after:)**

Answered Wed 11th April, 2012 @ 14:58 by Former Member
Edited by Former Member on Wed 11th April, 2012 @ 15:00
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It's up to you either short periods of work then take short breaks or do long periods of work and take long breaks. I prefer to do both like work for a long time and then have a break and then I'll do a short amount of work maybe to read over notes or test myself.

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 20:47 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR
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If you get distracted easily then break your revision up in to smaller chunks of 20-25 minutes with 5-10 minute breaks. But some people can concentrate for 2 hours straight before they need a break. It just depends on how long you think you can concentrate for.

Answered Wed 11th April, 2012 @ 14:54 by kira