For almost a year now, I have been able to study for long hours, sometimes 8 and even a bit more at times. It has not always been the case. As I have an ADHD disorder, I had difficulty working for as little as 30 minutes before.
When I entered university, I realized that I would have to work harder to get my work done on time. With all my implications for women in technology, I had to better manage my time if I wanted to be involved in causes that are close to my heart. Keep reading this article to understand why I’m studying for so long, how I’m doing it, and all the related details!
Why study for long hours?
It may not be relevant for everyone to study for 8+ hours in a row. It depends on the workload you have. By studying software engineering, I have a lot of team projects, readings, and exams. In addition to my university studies, I am president of a student club for women in engineering, and I have a YouTube channel, an Instagram account with more than 30,000 subscribers and this blog… Let’s say I have a lot of things to do!
I have already written an article on this subject that a task usually takes me a longer time to complete than my friends who can do a similar task in 3 times less time than me. That’s how I am, and I accept it. It takes me 3 hours to do math exercises, and it’s ok if my friend completes them in just an hour. The important thing is that after investing all this time, we both finished the exercises! It’s the only thing that matters. It even allowed me to develop many other qualities.
When I started university, I realized that with all my implications that I would have to work harder in order to keep up. Being able to study for a long time was necessary for me. It’s my way to have more than 24 hours in my days.
Studying for 8+ hours is unhealthy
I’ll talk about it later in this article, but I’m not just doing homework or studying for 8 hours. Most of the time, I spend 1 hour or 2 hours on other tasks in life, such as paying for my driver’s license, making insurance claims, and so on. I also reply to e-mails. I sometimes write future articles for my blog to please me after a few hours of mathematics, etc.
I am pleased and fulfilled even if I do homework for 8 hours. I consider it a typical day’s work.
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Studying for 8+ hours without stopping?
No, not without stopping. When I say working for 8 hours, I count the breaks necessary to maintain good productivity. We must also eat! Here is a typical day for me:
7 to 9 am: Alarm clock, shower, preparation
9 to 10 am: Breakfast while watching a TV show
10 to 1 pm: Study
1 to 2 pm: Lunch with a TV show
2 to 6 pm: Study
6 to 8 pm: Dinner + Break
8 to 10 pm: Study
As you can see, I work a lot, but I still take the time to have breaks with 1 TV show to watch during dinner, which I really enjoy! I think a good reason why I successfully follow this study routine is that it becomes an habit over time and you totally get used to it.
Studying for 8+ hours does not happen overnight
Not at all! It’s a habit that we can develop. I also did not work so many hours in a snap. At first, I was doing 1 hour, 2 hours, and I was already so proud of myself! I gradually increased my study time to 8 hours during a period of final exams.
Once we have managed to study for so long, reaching our goal is like a barrier collapsing. It’s much easier to achieve afterward.
Studying for 8 hours … every day?
No! Over time, I realized that I was not able to keep up with this pace for two days in a row, unless it was in the revision period for the final exams, due to the pressure that comes with it. As I now know myself and know how I work, I now plan my days accordingly.
For example, in this session, I do not have a class on Friday. I try to study for 8+ hours on Fridays during periods with a lot of work assignments due. On Saturdays, I take the opportunity to do activities with my friends, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. I still try to study for about 4 hours. And on Sunday, if necessary, I can redo a day of 8+ hours of study!
How to study for 8 hours?
My first tip is for sure to avoid distractions. I have already written an article that contains my tips for studying and avoiding distractions, so this article is a good start to start. Then, for specific advice in order to succeed in studying so long, I would say that it’s Study Live Streams videos that have helped me the most. I made a video explaining how the Study With Me videos help me.
Study Live Streams are videos where YouTubers study live with a Pomodoro timer. In this way, one can join them and study at the same time! Studying with friends who have their studies and success at heart as much as I do makes a difference! Especially when you study together, in real time, on YouTube.
These videos gave me the structure I needed and the motivation I was lacking. They helped me establish a study routine that works for me! It becomes a habit and you get used to studying for long hours.
I would also insist on having diversified tasks. I’m sure your first reaction when you see someone studying for 8 hours is that you think it’s impossible. It is not, it’s work, like those who work from 9 to 5 in offices. The trick is to have diversified tasks to do. Such as challenging tasks, easy, long and short. That way, you do the difficult tasks at the beginning, and if you’re like me, in the afternoon around 3-4pm, you start doing easier tasks, or even tasks that you want to do!
Also try to do some exercise during your breaks as sitting for so long is not comfortable!
Studying for 8+ hours is not productive
As I just said, I make sure to have a great variety of tasks that I need to get done for the 8 hours. I have tasks to do that I don’t enjoy doing, but I also have a couple that I enjoy and want to do. That’s how I stay productive for the whole time. If I feel like it’s not working, then I stop and do some tasks around the house so I can still be productive even though it’s not school work! I’ll try again the next day! 🙂
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Remember that you do not need to compare yourself to me. It is not because you study for 1 or 2 hours a day that it is considered a failure.
I study so much because I need to study so much, to get the grades I want and to succeed in my classes and to do all my extracurricular and social activities. We all have our goals, they are different, and that’s perfectly fine!