Effective Study Breaks: How and When to Take Them

Effective Study Breaks: How and When to Take Them

So, you’re on the journey of preparing for the ASWB exam? Hats off to you! But everyone needs to rest once in a while, right?

If you’re going at it, heads down, hours on end, you might be doing yourself a disservice. Have you ever thought about how to maximize the effectiveness of your study breaks? If not, strap in, because you’re about to learn important techniques that could change your study game forever!

Learn more about the ASWB exam and create a personalized ASWB study plan with Agents of Change. We’ve helped thousands of Social Workers pass their ASWB exams and want to help you be next!

1) The Magic Behind Study Breaks

Before you raise your eyebrows, let’s debunk a myth. Study breaks aren’t an excuse for slacking off. They’re the brain’s pit stops! Here’s why:

  • Memory Consolidation: By giving your brain a break, you’re allowing it to process and store new information. On the contrary, if you don’t take any breaks, you may actually not retain any of the information you’re reading because your brain is so exhausted.
  • Maintaining Focus: Just like your legs after a long run, your brain gets tired too. Breaks can help reset and regain focus.
  • Stress Reduction: Constant studying can raise cortisol levels. Little breaks help keep that in check, ensuring you’re relaxed and ready.

2) How Should You Take Effective Study Breaks?

You might think, “Hey, I take breaks! I scroll through social media or watch an episode or two of my favorite show.” Well, there’s more to effective breaks than just stopping. Let’s break it down!

  • Physical Activity: Get that body moving! A quick stretch, a brisk walk, or even some jumping jacks can rejuvenate the mind. Studies have definitively shown that these types of breaks are especially effective.
  • Mindful Breathing: Deep breathing exercises can help bring clarity and calmness. Learn more here: How To Use Habit Stacking And Mindfulness To Support Your ASWB Studying
  • Nap Time: Yup, you read that right. A 10 to 20-minute power nap can do wonders. But don’t overdo it! You don’t want to enter a deep sleep cycle.
  • Hobbies: Love doodling? Or maybe strumming a guitar? Engaging in a non-academic activity can be refreshing!

3) When to Take These Power-packed Breaks?

This is where the magic really comes into play. Not every break is created equal. Timing is key!

  • Pomodoro Technique: Study for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break. After 4 sessions, take a longer break of 15 minutes.
  • 50/10 Rule: For those who prefer longer study sprints, go for 50 minutes straight and break for 10.
  • 90-minute Intervals: Some researchers suggest that our brain naturally works in cycles of 90 minutes with peaks and troughs. So, study for 90, break for 20!

It’s important that you find what works the best for you, not all bodies or brains are created the same!

4) What to Avoid During Breaks?

Let’s not get too carried away. While breaks are cool, there are some things you should steer clear of:

  • Overloading on Tech: Ditch the smartphone! Mindless scrolling isn’t refreshing; it’s draining.
  • Caffeine Overload: While coffee can be a student’s best friend, too much during breaks can actually mess with your focus and hurt your retention of information.
  • Lengthy Breaks: Remember, it’s a break, not a vacation! Stick to the times and make the most of them.

5) FAQs – Study Breaks

Q: How many breaks can I take in a day?

A: It depends on how long you’re studying. With the Pomodoro Technique, you might end up taking many short breaks, which is completely ok. Listen to your body and mind!

Q: I feel guilty taking breaks. Is that normal?

A: Absolutely, you’re not the only one! But remember, breaks are part of the process. Think quality over quantity!

Q: Can I modify the break durations?

A: Of course! The techniques mentioned in this blog post are purely guidelines. Find the duration and frequency that works best for you and makes you most confident about the materials.

5) Conclusion

Mastering the ASWB prep doesn’t just lie in the number of hours you grind away. Taking effective ASWB study breaks can be a game-changer. Remember, it’s not about working hard, it’s about working smart!

So, the next time you feel fatigued, don’t feel bad. Embrace that break, and come back stronger! Happy studying! 📘🌟

Learn more about the ASWB exam and create a personalized ASWB study plan with Agents of Change. We’ve helped thousands of Social Workers pass their ASWB exams and want to help you be next!


► Learn more about the Agents of Change course here: https://agentsofchangeprep.com

About the Instructor, Meagan Mitchell: Meagan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing individualized and group test prep for the ASWB for over five years. From all of this experience helping others pass their exams, she created the Agents of Change course to help you prepare for and pass the ASWB exam!

Find more from Agents of Change here:

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► Podcast: https://anchor.fm/agents-of-change-sw

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