Alejandro Lleras, Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in his acclaimed study, found that brief diversion from your task can dramatically improve your ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods.
Your experience, too, will tell you that when you study without break for long duration, say 90 minutes, you tend to lose focus, your mind starts wavering.
So, if you’ve been slogging hard for over an hour on your assignment or for exam, you may be working well below your potential. Wasting time, in other words.
Moreover, you also need to be intentional about what you should be doing during those study-breaks, otherwise they’ll be less effective.
In this post, I’ll first cover why study breaks make you more productive and, toward the end, what are some good and some bad study-break ideas.
What is deliberate practice?
For the uninitiated, deliberate practice is a focused form of practice wherein you proactively look for improvement in whichever craft you’re trying to become better. Deliberate practice was first advocated by Anders Ericsson, who suggested that the top performers in any field reach the levels they do through deliberate practice. Think Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, Magnus Carlsen. Anyone can practice deliberately though, and improve her/ his level at a rate much faster than others’.
How is deliberate practice different from the practice that most of us go through? (more…)
You know the answer – afternoon – but probably not the nuances that will help you make a better decision when scheduling a test, provided it’s an option. (more…)
If you’re a working professional, you’ll invariably have to ask for leave few times a year.
In this post, I’ll cover what to do before handing over the application to your manager, the standard format for writing leave applications, and few sample applications.
If you’re like most, then you take mock tests with following goals in mind: see where your preparation stands (or how much you score); test yourself in exam conditions; and hone your time management skills.
But top test-takers approach mock tests differently. They go beyond these: (more…)