Learning Like Me: A Look at Intense Study Bursts

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In summary, the conversation discusses different ways of learning and studying, with some individuals preferring short intense bursts of studying while others prefer a continuous process. There is also a debate about the effectiveness of each method and the possibility of learning continuously. Some mention the importance of understanding the material and the role of time in the learning process. Overall, the conversation highlights the different approaches to learning and studying and the importance of finding what works best for each individual.
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I think I'm an underachiever. I can cover the material in a university course in a week and get 100% on the test, but I can only study in short intense bursts on the order of one week. After having an intense week, I have to unwind for like a month. Does anyone else learn like this? I wonder how much I could learn if I could learn continuously.
 
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I do my studying a week before finals and get high grades. I don't see a point of sitting in class with other drones, regurgitating information on an arbitrary time scale.
 
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Yea same lol. I think I could finish a uni degree in about 9 months.
 
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Noxide said:
I wonder how much I could learn if I could learn continuously.

If you mean how much you can learn something useful in that fashion that can be utilized in your career, I would say none...
 
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It may depend on the individual and you may not be able to keep up that super intense focus for long periods of time.

In a way, it's like saying 'Wow, if I can stay up for 48 hours straight and get THIS much done, imagine how much I could get done if I never slept at all!'. Ahh, if only :)

That being said, I sort of do the same thing in some subjects. Not trying to cram everything in the week before finals, but sometimes I find that I understand the information more clearly once it's had a while to 'sit' in my head, so to speak. You can try out a few other types of studying styles and see which one suits you, but as long as you get everything done and you're not working yourself into a coma, there's nothing wrong with what you're doing now.
 
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rootX said:
If you mean how much you can learn something useful in that fashion that can be utilized in your career, I would say none...

Maybe you can't do that. But generalizing like that is a bit unfair. If you learn something, you learn it. It doesn't really matter if it takes you 4 years or 4 seconds.
 
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Noxide said:
Maybe you can't do that. But generalizing like that is a bit unfair. If you learn something, you learn it. It doesn't really matter if it takes you 4 years or 4 seconds.

Learning is a continuous process .. you can't do that in short brusts IMO. I am not sure if working intense for few months and doing nothing for the following months can work. Or, I haven't yet seen anyone doing that yet.

Personally, as time passes I learn more and more things, it is more of a continuous process at least in my case. I cannot solve all different kind of problems in small amount of time. More time I spend with a subject, more interesting problems I see .. It has never been the case when I had solved all kind of problems (or at least found myself capable of solving any kind of new problem related to the subject). However, I am an average student.
 

Related to Learning Like Me: A Look at Intense Study Bursts

1. What is meant by "intense study bursts"?

Intense study bursts refer to short periods of focused and concentrated studying, usually ranging from 20-50 minutes. During these bursts, the individual is fully engaged in the material and avoids distractions.

2. How effective are intense study bursts compared to longer study sessions?

Research has shown that intense study bursts can be more effective than longer study sessions. This is because during intense study bursts, the individual is able to maintain a higher level of focus and retention of information.

3. How long should each intense study burst be?

The recommended length for an intense study burst is between 20-50 minutes. This time frame allows for maximum focus and retention of information, without causing mental fatigue.

4. Is it necessary to take breaks during intense study bursts?

Yes, it is important to take short breaks between intense study bursts. These breaks give the brain time to rest and recharge, making the next study burst more effective.

5. Can intense study bursts be used for all types of material?

Intense study bursts can be effective for most types of material, as long as the individual is able to maintain focus and avoid distractions. However, for more complex or difficult material, longer study sessions may be necessary.

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