Ouch! Ouch… Damn! Come on… I want to participate in this year’s New York City Marathon. I train 2 to 3 times a week for it. So far, I run 17km, which is good. But obviously, today was a bit too much. I don’t know. I hope, it’s not a strained muscle. This would be bad. I’ll try just a little. No, no. If you want too much, if you push yourself too hard because you want to achieve more and more, you might end up disappointed.
This is true for sports, and also for studying. It’s important to take breaks before you get too tired and to include them in your timetable. Well, it should be okay now. I’ll try again. Oh no, I can’t. Great, stairs… Hello! You have an appointment for a consultation? – Yes, that’s right. – Welcome. Please follow me. Come inside, sit down. The psychological counseling team of the student advisory service offers individual counseling. We also conduct student trainings on different topics, such as improving focus and motivation. – I study electrical engineering. I’ve already finished my bachelor’s thesis. But I still need to pass the exam in higher mathematics. I’ve already failed it twice. So, this is my last attempt. Everything depends on this. Therefore, I don’t know how to study everything before the exam. – Have you ever made a study plan? – Yes, I have. In the lecture-free period, I study on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm.
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays I go running, which is why I study until 7 pm only. I’ll participate in this year’s New York City Marathon. This is my personal reward for passing the exam in higher mathematics and getting my degree. Studying 11 hours per day can’t be productive. We recommend a maximum of 6 to 8 hours of effective study time per day. And you should take one day off every week. And don’t study before 6 am and after 10 pm.
So, I study from 9 am to 5 pm and take off Saturday. – Yes, great. And you need a buffer day. – That’s Saturday. – No, Saturday is your free day. You really don’t do anything that day. The buffer day is for catching up on what you haven’t done so far. Breaks are no buffer time. This is very important. Breaks are very important for recharging yourself. We get exhausted more quickly than we think. After approx. 45 minutes, our ability to concentrate decreases significantly. Therefore, we recommend to take a short break of 3-5 minutes after 45 minutes of studying. After a total of 1.5-2 hours, you should take a break of approx. 20 minutes.
After a total of 3-4 hours, you should take a lunch break of at least 1 hour. With all these breaks, I’ll study less per day than before. I don’t know if I will be able to study everything until the exam. – Right. This is why it is so important to start as early as possible. Now, you have to study every day in a very targeted manner and take breaks. This will help you to be successful. It’s like with sports. If you don’t push your body over the limits and take breaks, you will safely and successfully reach your goals. So, Mondays to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, I’ll study from 9 am to 1 pm, then take a break until 3 pm. During this break, I’ll go running. After the break, I’ll study another 4 hours. Thursday is my buffer day. Saturday is my free day.
I have to start next week, otherwise I won’t be able to study everything for the exam. Thank you very much. – You’re welcome. I wish you great success. – Thanks. – You’ll do great. – Thank you. – Take care! – Thank you, goodbye! If you don’t plan buffers and breaks, you might get problems. You can’t get everything done. It’s like with sports. The risk of injuries increases and you might stumble and fall right before the finishing line.