Top 3 Study Break Ideas

Study Break Ideas

Studying for any college course requires time and effort. But it’s no fun cramming too much information in at all hours of the night. You have to take care of yourself, too, both mentally and physically.

If too much studying is getting you down, take a break. Here are three easy ways to break up the monotony, recharge, and keep moving toward your goal.


You probably heard that too much sitting is bad for you. Stand up and start moving! Even ten minutes of physical activity will increase blood flow to your brain. You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership. You can do yoga stretches or low-impact cardio exercise at home. If nothing else, at least take a walk. Some of the most successful people find that taking frequent, brisk walks around the block does wonders for their ability to concentrate.


When you get tired of typing or writing notes by hand, switch to drawing pictures. Drawing takes your brain away from abstract words and concepts, forcing you to focus on the tangible and concrete. Once you’ve collected a lot of doodles, draw connecting lines and circles to cluster your ideas together. Congratulations, you’ve now drawn a mind map.

Reward Yourself

Sometimes we tell ourselves we’ll get around to studying as soon as we finish something else, like eating dinner or watching our favorite TV show. What if you reversed the order? Set yourself a timer, and promise yourself a reward, like a snack or some fun activity you enjoy. But only let yourself indulge after you’ve studied first. Setting up a reward system is a great way to create your own motivation.

What other creative ways can you take a study break?

Written by: Michael Mussman
Michael Mussman is Editor of Forward Thinking, the Ashford University blog.

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