Better Studying with the Secret to Effective Study Breaks
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Better Studying with the Secret to Effective Study Breaks

The motivational psychology behind the effective study break, and how you can make it work for you.
4.8 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
769 students enrolled
Created by Nadine Bekkouche
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Harness the power of the study breaks - a key study skill
  • Learn more, faster from using more effective study breaks
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Requirements
  • Computer with Internet connection
Description

Learn to take an effective study break in this course.

Learning is a special thing. It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do as a human being. But it can be tough too. Who hasn’t felt the discouragement that comes from facing time-pressures, deadlines, or from that internal voice that says ‘I just can’t do it!’

But here’s the key: Successful learning is not all about smarts. In fact, the more you learn, the smarter you get!

“Yeah right!” you say. “And anyway, I don’t need a course to tell me how to slack off. I can do that by myself!”

You've been taking breaks since before you knew how to. But this is course is about empowering you with a better understanding of how you learn, so that you can adopt strategies that help you. And an effective study break is a key strategy. We go through some insights from scientific psychology to help you take control of your breaks!

“Ok, so I need to take breaks,” you sigh. “I get it. But what I need to know is how to stay engaged, not the other way around!”

Staying engaged for the long haul is the whole trick to being an effective learner. There are lots of factors that go into this: passion, curiosity, discipline…. And knowing when to stop.

Our brains are not designed to engage in endless hours of sustained concentration. We are designed to be good at bursts of concentration, peppered with lots of breaks. And if you don't plan your study strategy accordingly, you will burn out. You need to be proactive in order to win this game. 

This course is about the psychology of learning that can help you harness your learning abilities. I have worked one-on-one with dozens of students to help them get through the painful parts of the learning curve, including students with learning difficulties like dyslexia and ADHD. I know a lot about the challenges you are facing when you have big learning goals. 

If you have trouble sticking to a study program because you get tired or turned off, check out the material in this course.

This course is about getting to the point where you can learn more, faster. This course does that by focusing on helping you improve one vital piece of study hygiene: study breaks. 

Students who will benefit the most are those who:

1)      Find that despite their passion for lessons, they lose the motivation to continue;

2)      Have trouble managing their study breaks (i.e., they run too long)


This course is NOT a panacea. There is no substitute for hard work. But it is here to help you smooth out the rough edges to your learning curve. Check out the free previews and course descriptions to see if it’s right for you.

You have access to the materials and to me, for any questions. You get access to my expertise if you have any questions or are dealing with an issue that isn't addressed in the course.

As always, you have a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee, so if you are not 100% satisfied, Udemy will refund you the full cost of the course.

I love this course and this topic. The course runs about 1 hour long, and I’ve jam-packed it with usable nuggets of psychological wisdom, and kept up a brisk pace. I know your time is valuable.   

If you’ve been looking for a course that can help you get through to your learning goals, you’ve found it. Enroll to learn the secret to effective study breaks today!

 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody with a serious learning goal
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Curriculum For This Course
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An Effective Study Break Is...
0 Lectures 00:00
An Effective Study Break Is...
3 questions
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Preamble
2 Lectures 01:50

This lecture explains a little bit who I am and why you should listen to me. I know what it is like to be under pressure to learn new things. And I know that at some point, as a learner, you will struggle with feelings of overwhelm, and of wanting to quit. Luckily, I also know what to do about that. You guessed it: learn the secret to effective study breaks.

Preview 01:50

This brief lecture shows you where to go to make your thoughts and feelings known. One of the most important things for you as a student is to feel engaged, and to feel like you have options for expressing your own process surrounding the course. So go ahead! Get engaged! I am always happy to read and consider your thoughts and comments.

Housekeeping...
8 pages
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The Art of the Study Break: An Essential Study Skill
2 Lectures 07:32

In this lecture, I show you our 'course roadmap'. That is, what topics specifically are we going to hit in this course. Check it out and see if you feel like they can help you!

Preview 02:23

There are 2 reasons you need to master the secret to effective study breaks. The first reason is that you want to learn faster, without putting in so much effort. The second, is that you want to avoid burnout. In this lecture, we discuss the relationship between effort, success, talent, and burnout. You absolutely must understand this to be successful as a student. A must see lecture, no exceptions.

Preview 05:09
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What Does an Effective Study Break Look Like
1 Lecture 02:51

Ok - now let's get to the good stuff. Yes, you absolutely need to know what a good study break looks like, in order to know whether or not you are taking one. Learn the 3 R's of effective study breaks here.

Preview 02:51

An Effective Study Break Is...
2 questions
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Play The Game: Master Stress Levels that Keep You for Performing Your Best
2 Lectures 07:21

There are a few different feeling states associated with studying. Remember,your goal is to learn more, faster, without putting in too much effort. We want this to go well for you and to be easy. So here is where you get to understand what the most common feeling states associated with studying are. Why do you care? Because you are going to tailor your study breaks to them. Stay tuned.

Win the Stress Game
04:15

The core question you are asking at this point in the course is: What is the relationship between stress and success? The answer lies within... this lecture!

Win the Stress Game (cont)
03:06

An Effective Study Break Is...
1 question
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Putting It All Together
2 Lectures 07:05

So at this point, you have all the information you need to be successful, but that doesn't mean we're quite done yet. We still need to put it all together. I am really excited about the stuff in this lecture, and hope you are too once you go through it. And the secret to effective study breaks is......!

The Big Secret
03:05

What!? A meditation!? In the middle of a course? Of course! This is what effective study breaks are all about. I have specifically designed this meditation for you in order to give you the ability to get the information you need to take the right study break at the right time. This is based on sound research on motivation and success. Check it out.

Meditation
04:00
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Midpoint Check-in
1 Lecture 03:19

Before we go any further, let's take a couple minutes to see how far we've come. This lecture is a quick recap and extension of the material presented so far in the course. I like to initially present information, and then discuss it with you once we've gone through one big chunk. That is what this is about. Let's extend the information we have gained and put it into it's right perspective.

Check-in
03:19
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Practical Tips and Tricks
2 Lectures 08:44
An Effective Study Break Is...
3 questions

So study breaks are not one size fits all. Fine. But there are some general rules of thumb it would behoove you to know, so that you are not out there testing different study break approaches from scratch. I have collected some of the most important and relevant tips and tricks that you can use IMMEDIATELY to improve your study breaks today, and I share them with you in this lecture.

Some Rules of Thumb
05:51

Before we conclude, I know that a big concern for many people is the length of the study break. How long can it be? What are the best practices? Well, again, there are a couple of rules of thumb that can help you out. Here they are.

Oh If I Had The Time...
02:53
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Final Thoughts and Notes: Keep On Rockin'!
1 Lecture 03:03

No course that aims to ultimately help you learn faster with less effort is complete without some general comments about how humans learn. Believe it or not, we research psychologists know quite a lot about this. So though it is last, this lecture is far from least. You need to know this. Check it out.

General Comments
03:03
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BONUSES
2 Lectures 05:05

BONUS 1: There is such a thing as a micro-study break, isn't there. It's where you take a few seconds to check your phone, or your email, or FB, or well any other app or interest that you don't feel counts as an ACTUAL full-fledged break. Yeah well, we've got some things to say about micro-study breaks. Don't worry, it's not as bad as you think.

How About When I Check My Phone, or FB, or Twitter, or...
02:58

BONUS 2: This course is about the secret to effective study breaks, but it could also have been called 'the secret to success in life', except that I thought that might be a little intense, and really, I want to focus on helping you learn more, faster, and better. But just so that you don't feel like you missed out. Here it is: the real secret to success. In general.

The Secret to Success: There Is So Much More To Say...
02:07
About the Instructor
Nadine Bekkouche
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894 Students
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Instructor & Psychological Researcher

Nadine Bekkouche holds a MSc in Medical Psychology. She has published a number of papers and reference texts in the fields of psychology, behavioral research and health. Nadine's passion is providing a psychological framework for understanding the world around us. She uses this expertise in particular to teach effective academic writing and research statistics, as well as to provide courses on lifestyle, learning and health, in person and online.

Nadine is the founder of NBE Education, an education thought center, with the mission of re-infusing education with the inpirational, human touch that is central to growth in both young and old. NBE Education publishes several works that are in line with this mission, such as Poetry Saves Lives, a collection of poetic works inspired by ancient wisdom traditions of teaching through lyrics, and the Shmootown (TM) series, which promote social and emotional learning for children through books.