The 20 Minute Study Habit | March 21st, 2011

Do you need to study for a certification test for career advancement?  Maybe you simply want to familiarize yourself with the latest information available in your field of expertise? A good friend of mine shared this helpful tip a few months ago. (Thanks David!) Not wanting to post untried information, I waited until I had opportunity to test it out myself. I wanted learn a new web design technique and had previously found the task daunting. It was a lot of extra coding that I needed to learn, but this study habit made it manageable.

Here’s how it works: Simply set aside 20 minutes to study.  Shut off your phone and email, and tell your associates or family members that you are not to be disturbed for 20 minutes. Set a timer for yourself. Then concentrate on reading or studying the materials. You’ll find that the 20 minutes will go by quick. At the end of the allotted time do not be tempted to continue. Quit studying until your next scheduled session.

Depending on how much information you have to cover, you may need to set aside more than one 20 minute session per day, but be sure to allow plenty of time between sessions. By giving yourself these breaks, you’ll find the information much easier to absorb and retain.

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