Resources › For Students and Parents How Long Should You Study a Subject? How You Study Is More Important Share Flipboard Email Print Study Tips for Better Grades Introduction What Kind of Learner Are You? Quiz: What's Your Learning Style? Study Strategies for Every Learning Style Tips for Kinesthetic Learners Tips for Visual Learners Tips for Auditory Learners Why Math Is Hard for Some Learners Creating Your Study Space How to Create an Ideal Study Space How to Make a Small Space Productive for Studying Best Pandora Stations for Studying Best Spotify Stations for Studying Essential Study Skills How to Find the Main Idea of a Passage How to Use Sticky Notes to Remember What You Read Why Taking Notes in Class Is So Important How to Outline a Chapter How to Make Vocabulary Flashcards Breaking Bad Study Habits 5 Bad Study Habits and How to Fix Them How to Avoid Distraction and Stay Focused Quick Fixes to Improve Your Grades When to Study How Long Should I Be Studying? How to Study for an Exam in Two Days How to Study the Night Before a Test How to Cram for a Test How to Prepare for Different Kinds of Tests How to Study for Objective Test Questions How to Study for Fill in the Blank Tests How to Study for Multiple Choice Exams How to Study for Open Book Exams Eva-Katalin / Getty Images By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated June 23, 2019 How long should you study for a test? The answer to this question is different for everyone because it's not just a matter of how long you study — it's also how effectively you study. If you study ineffectively, you might find yourself studying for hours without making real progress, which leads to frustration and burnout. Effective studying, on the other hand, can just as easily come in the form of short, focused bursts or in lengthy group study sessions. Study Session Timing Most good study sessions are at least one hour long. A one-hour block gives you enough time to dive deep into the material, but it isn't so long that your mind wanders. However, one 60-minute session often is not enough time to cover an entire chapter or semester's worth of material, so you'll need to schedule more than one session. Take time off between one-hour or two-hour sessions. This is how your brain works best — short but frequent bursts of attention, separated by frequent breaks. If you find yourself reading long chapters without stopping and then remembering absolutely nothing when you put the book away, consider adopting this one-hour strategy. Ultimately, the key to determining how long you need to study is rooted in your unique brain type. When you figure out why your brain works the way it does, you can schedule your study sessions more effectively. Students Who Are Global Thinkers Some students are global thinkers, which means their brains work hard behind the scenes as they read. As they read, learners may initially feel overwhelmed by the amount of information they're taking in, but then — almost like magic — discover that things start to make sense afterward. If you are a global thinker, you should try to read in segments, taking occasional breaks to relax. Your brain needs time for information to sink in and sort itself out. If you are a global thinker, try not to panic if you don't understand something right away. Don't stress yourself out! You'll remember much more if you read calmly, then let your brain work its magic after you've put the book away. Students Who Are Analytic Thinkers Some students are analytic thinkers, which means that they love to get to the bottom of things. These thinkers often can't proceed if they stumble upon information that doesn't make sense right away. If you're an analytic thinker, you might find yourself getting hung up on details, which keeps you from getting through your reading in a reasonable amount of time. Instead of re-reading sections over and over again, put a sticky-note or a pencil mark on every page or section where you get stuck. Then, move on to the next section — you can go back and look up words or concepts the second time around.