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Like so many of my blog posts, the question I’ve posted in the title doesn’t really have an answer… But, it is an extremely good question to ask nonetheless.

There’s no one answer for every student.

Everyone studies differently

So there can be no set rules that will tell you how much study your teen should be doing at one time, or throughout the year.

However, there is one thing I will say for sure.

I would STRONGLY recommend – actually no, I insist – that your teen makes the effort to do some study during semester time and not only during designated study periods for exams.

Our brains are amazing organs. It’s amazing how much information we can retain in our long-term memory.

But most of us forget what we learn almost instantly unless we go over it a second time.

Your teen would easily find themselves in a higher grade bracket if they spent just one hour a week going over what they’ve learned in class that week.

Over time, an hour a week really adds up.

Most students don’t look at what they’ve done in class (apart from homework) until exams are just around the corner. This means they haven’t given their amazing brain even a fighting chance of lodging any information in its long-term memory. These students are going to find studying a much more arduous task with much less satisfying results.

YOUR teen, on the other hand, can start stuffing their long-term memory NOW by doing just one hour of extra study a week.

By the time exams roll around, they’ll have already gone over their concepts/topics at least twice already.

Just to clarify, this extra hour of study is extra, it does not include homework. Your teen should complete all of their homework, always. That goes without saying. It’s this little bit of extra effort that’s going to push your teen’s grades towards an A-grade, and away from a D-grade.

If your teen wants to split this hour up over the week, that’s totally fine.

They could do 15 minutes Monday to Thursday, going over a different subject each day.

Or they could spend an hour over the weekend going over everything in one go.

It should be completely up to them.

As with most aspects of effective study, I’m not prepared to say “YOUR TEEN MUST DO THIS!”, because everyone studies most effectively in their own unique way.

Have a chat with your teen about how they think they might want to structure this, and then schedule it into their weekly timetable.

This will be very a small time investment on your teen’s behalf, but a HUGE investment overall.

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  1. I am Rayan , Studying only 4 hours a day and thinking of playing of 3 hours and not utilizing my time , the way it has to be , even I am in Class X. It is causing lot of pain to my parents , when I failed this year and had to seat for retest . My mother has got an ill health due to this. Can you pls suggest how long I need to study and how to break those hours.

    • Hi Rayan, how long you need to study for depends on how much study you need to do, which probably depends on how close you are to exams and how well prepared (or not) you are for them. It sounds like you’re finding it hard to concentrate. Maybe you could try setting smaller goals for yourself – break down your study time into more manageable and less daunting chucks. For example, tell yourself to do an hour of productive study – not giving in to distractions – and then have a 10-15 minute break at the end. This isn’t what you have to do, just an idea. I find that setting mini-goals for myself throughout the day makes the day go a lot faster and makes my study way more productive.

    • Listen , Everyone’s IQ isn’t same . There is someone who can complete the same homeworks within 1 hour instead what u do in 4 hours

      • We hear you Jack! Everyone is different, and some people will take longer to complete tasks, whether study-related or not, than others. Putting the difference in time it takes for students to complete homework down to IQ alone I think is too simple – there can be lots of reasons why students work at different paces. The key for any high school student is ultimately to figure out how much study THEY need to do, and what study techniques are effective for THEM. 🙂

    • Hard life dude. I only spend an hour everyday on school related work(including homework) and I still have a 4.0 unweighted GPA. I’m a freshman btw.

  2. Boungiorno, my name is rupert and i have numerous students who struggle to study. they do the breaking it up method and still get bad marks. Do you know what to do?

    • Buongiorno Rupert and grazie for your comment. That’s great your students have breaking up their study sessions. I’m afraid it’s hard for us to give advice without knowing more, but I would start by simply encouraging your students to figure out their ‘Study Formula’. In other words, what study methods and study processes work for them when they sit down to study. A lot of the time, students continue to get bad marks, even when they do try to study, because their study has no direction and lacks efficacy. I also think it will be important for your students to think about where their problem points are – what topics and types of questions are they going wrong with? It’s only once we know what our weaknesses are that we can try to do something about them.

  3. Hi. I read my lesson eight hours in a day.but l can not finish it .how can l do? Do you have any suggestions?

    • Hi there! I’m sorry you’re having a bit of trouble. It sounds like you’re doing a great job of being disciplined though. Without knowing more, our initial suggestions would be making sure you are utilizing study techniques that you have figured out work for you. If you haven’t figured out what your predominant Learning Style is we would start there by taking our Quiz to find out what it might be, and then use the study techniques associated with that Learning Style and see if they work for you. I would also think about how long you are being productive for. Most students need to take semi-regular breaks during study to make sure they are feeling ‘fresh’. Otherwise information can go in one eye and out the other. We also found that making little mini study ‘goals’ helped us to focus and study efficiently. For example you might say to yourself, in the next hour I am going to study X topic, and then the next hour Y topic. Let us know if you have any other questions, and best of luck!!

  4. Thanks.l have another question.my math and my biology are great but my literature is tooo bad.what can l do!!!

    • No problem 🙂 To help with Literature, you probably need to focus on developing your essay writing skills. A good essay will have a solid structure – one that makes one main point paragraph, reads in a logical manner, uses proper spelling and grammar, demonstrates that your have thought about the ideas you’re writing about (not just regurgitating text), and is easy for the reader to read. If you want to run a more specific problem past us just let us know 🙂

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