"On The Art of Study" By David J. Derdiger
By David J. Derdiger
There lies a fine line between overstudying and being well prepared:
Just because one studies more than is presented on a test, this alone does not imply overstudy, but rather that the student is well prepared.
I would define overstudy as "studying up to or passed the point of fatigue." and so, as I see it, overstudying has very little to do with the amount of material one chooses to study, but rather it dominantly pertains to the environment in, and the circumstances under which one chooses to study.
one can study in excess of 12 hours for a single test without overstudying: this assumes that the student takes hourly breaks that involve stretching and/or some meditative physical activity, and that during these breaks the student puts their mind into a gently focused state of perspective, allowing a brief moment of time for the recently studied material to be integrated with the self.
One can study for 5 minutes before a test and induce study fatigue. anyone who has ever "crammed" for a test can surely attest to this: upon receipt of the test the mind is in a fragmented and chaotic state; the mind of the student is the fist that attempts to hold as much sand as possible through shear power of grip, finding only that the tighter it is clenched, the more grains of sand will slip from between its fingers.
Instead, the optimum state is the empty hand with feet firmly planted upon the shore. from here, the student can see the horizon, can smell the scents of marine life, and should it be necessary, before them is an entire beach from which a desired amount of sand can always be lifted, observed, contemplated, and then returned without an iota of strain.