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How many hours should I study every day?

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Today, Math Lobby will be discussing about how you can gauge the number of hours you should spend studying in a single day in order to be right on track.

This is just a rough guide and does not include other activities like your co-curriculum activities (CCAs), so you are free to adjust it to fit your schedule. Let’s begin!

For an average Singapore secondary school student, they typically spend roughly eight hours a day in school, for five days a week. However, the curriculum includes additional activities like Physical Education, Music classes, so on and so forth.

Therefore, the amount of time they spend on actual subjects that are tested during major examinations adds up to an average of five to six hours a day.

The general rule of thumb when it comes to the number of hours you are studying is typically one and a half hours to two hours per one hour of class of a particular subject you have. So, let look at an example below:

Let’s say John has two hours of mathematics class, three hours of physics and chemistry class (one and a half hours per science subject) and one hour of geography class for four days a week.

The total number of hours spent in class is (2 + 3 + 1) x 4 = 24 hours. This means that John should spend roughly 36 - 48 hours in studying per week, or 5 – 7 hours a day. (This might seem really daunting but don’t worry! We will explain the reason why in the next point!)

This does not include the number of hours when he is having a class, because what we deem as ‘studying’ is doing revisions and giving yourself the time to understand concepts of a topic or chapter during your own free time.

Combining class time with your personal revisions will be counter-productive, as you will have a hard time concentrating on what the teacher/lecturer is trying to go through while being focused on the processing of the previous slides that he/she has gone through.

This will lead to a lot of confusion because while processing the previous information, you are losing track of what the teacher is going through in class!

The reason why we set a guide of spending one and a half hours to two hours on revisions and studying per hour of class is because the time spent on the different subjects may vary as you might need more/less time for concepts that you have less/more understanding on respectively.

Hence the additional time you have based on the guide can be directed towards subjects or topics which you are weaker in.

Another point to note is that of course, this is under the ideality that everything is in place, and you do not have a social life apart from studying (which all of us do!). Majority of us will have to place consideration in meeting up with friends for a coffee, or spending time with your loved ones, which will deem it as unrealistic to spend so much time studying with the addition of recreational activities.

This is why it is also important to understand what type of learner you are, so that you are able to spend less time to study more efficiently and head closer to the ideality of being a model student! Math Lobby will cover that in an article in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned to find out!

It is also extremely important to know that you should NOT be studying a whole six to eight hours without taking any breaks in between studying sessions.

This method of studying will impact you almost immediately even after the first session – extreme fatigue, dehydration, teary eyes, and you will most definitely find yourself to be yawning more often, which is a red flag your brain produces when it is trying to signal to you that you should stop!

However, the long-term effect is even more drastic as it progresses to become a burnout in the long-run, which is what studying is all about, just like a marathon!

Math Lobby has an article which includes on how you can learn to concentrate better when doing revisions by taking breaks in between, ruling out certain forms of distractions and the ‘do’s and ‘don’ts’s when having a break interval between your studying sessions. Make sure to check it out!

And that’s all for today, students! Math Lobby hopes that after this article, you have a planned-out guide to begin your journey of having more productive studying sessions, be right back on track to be a model student and excelling in your education!

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