Don’t Study Hard, Study Smart, and Effective- 7 Amazing Tips

You want to study hard or your willingness to study hard sounds great. Isn’t it? And that shows how dedicated you’re to your study and getting good grades.

But what if I say you don’t need to study hard, you just need to study smart and effective.

I know some of you may find it hard to believe, but after reading this article, you can make it. Because in this article, we have brought you 7 Amazing tips that will teach you don’t study hard, study smart. And if you’re already looking for how to study smart not hard then you’ll love this guide.

But, before we get going let me first tell you

Why you should not study hard?

Here I’m listing some practical reasons that you face while studying hard…

  • You study all day and don’t go out your room
  • You pull all night, in result you don’t take enough sleep
  • Study hard and for long hours continuously can affect your physical and mental health
  • You may get tired and bored
  • You don’t have time for other works
  • You don’t enjoy your day

So if you want to get rid of these reasons and want to study smart not hard while enjoying your whole day then let’s dive into the tips…

7 Amazing tips to study smart not hard:

1: Set up your stage for study

Setting up your stage makes your study very effective and productive. Once you set your stage then you won’t get distracted while studying and you won’t need to put in your all effort.

study room

It’s your first step to studying smart. But how to set up the stage for the study?

Here is the deal:

Do you already study at this stage? (I don’t think so, either way, let me know in the comment)

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2: Understand the learning pyramid

The learning pyramid is a great theory that every student or learner should know about it.

Wait, Do you know what the learning pyramid is?

The Learning Pyramid, researched and created by the National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine, illustrates the percentage of learner recall that is associated with various approaches.
The learning pyramid describes varying learning/teaching methodologies and the retention rates of information from these methodologies. For instance, if a teacher uses only a lecture method of instruction, their students will only retain 5% of the information while the teacher retains 90%.

Look at this image to understand this theory better.

Have you understood how can you retain more information?

Of course what you learn or what your read, must teach others too. You can also teach yourself by recalling the information that you learn. So instead of studying hard and taking time to remember, apply this Learning pyramid theory and study smarter.

3: SQ3R Study Technique

I am sure this study technique will tell you exactly how to not study hard, not read complete the chapter and grab the most of it by studying smartly.

SQ3R is 5 steps reading comprehension technique. That involves Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

Img src: Studelp
  • Survey: Instead of just start reading, first focus on Title of the chapter, Headings and Subheadings, Images (like charts, maps, diagrams, and others), bold and highlighted sentences.
  • Question: After completing the survey, now ask and think yourself what is this chapter all about and what will I learn after reading this chapter, and how it can be helpful in daily life? What do I know already about this chapter?
  • Read: Read one section at a time with your questions in mind and look for the answers that you have made.
  • Recite: Now, after reading a section, recall and summarize (in your mind or write on a paper) what you read and what you learned.
  • Review: After reading all sections or reading a chapter, now review the chapter to understand it deeply. Quiz yourself on the questions you created and re-read any portions you need to.

Read also: How to study after a long gap?

4: Study in small chunks

Study in small chunks is one of the great ways that won’t make you feel you’re studying hard.

But, why it is so?

When you study in small chunks like the Pomodoro technique and take breaks while studying, your mind gets a refresh and also you don’t feel tired or bored that you often feel after studying 10-12 hours continuously.


You can also change the variation of study intervals, find the best duration that suits you. Studying for 45 minutes then taking 15 minutes break can also work great for you.

But, If you want to study for long hours continuously then you can use our 120/20 Study Technique that tells you to study continuously for 120 minutes and then take 20-minute breaks, again study for 120 minutes, and then takes 20 minutes break and keep going like this.

Study continuously for 2 hours is enough and the healthiest way of studying and after taking 20 minutes break is enough to refresh your mind by taking a small nap, browsing your social media or anything.

5: Don’t stick with one subject

Your study can be tough and boring if you stick with one subject only. And if you’re doing this then you need to stop it from now on.

Don’t you feel bored while sticking with one subject and sparing your whole day with that subject?

Sorry to say but for me it’s monotonous. I know there must be some reasons like an exam, to sitting with only one subject. But if you don’t want to study hard then take also some break from that subject.

So what should you do?

The better solution is when you don’t feel like studying then move on to that subject that you like most for 1-2 hrs if that subject is also important.

But in any case, if you really have to study only one subject then instead of studying textbooks or notes try to study by visual learning (next tip), or watch video lectures on YouTube. Or, you can make that subject interesting by a quiz to yourself, that will tell you what you learned successfully.

Read also: 9 Reasons why do you get bad grades after studying hard

6: Study with Flashcards & Graphics- Visual learning

Visual learning is a great and very smart way to learning information easily and retain it for a long time and it’s proven. It is because that videos and images are directly processed by long-term memory.

And the best visual learning sources for students are Images, Flashcards, Graphics, Colors, Diagrams, and maps.

Did you ever study with these visuals?

If not then must study with these. And if you’re worried about how to find visual materials for studying then either Google about it or else create by yourself.

Even when you’ll create flashcards and infographics by yourself it will also improve your creativity and you’ll enjoy your study too.

So don’t study hard, study smart and effective with visual learning, and if possible then try to wake up early and study.

7: Group Study

Group study has been always one of the great ways to studying smartly and learn many things without studying all day.

In an effective group study, on the one hand, you share your knowledge and on another hand, you grab others’ knowledge too that you don’t know.

But do you ever involve in group study or combined studies?

If not then try to arrange a group study with your friends who are good at study and support you. Also, engage yourself and be an active speaker, listener, and learner there.


So in this article, I have told you exactly why shouldn’t you study hard and how you can study smart and save your time for other’s work while getting good grades.

And I hope you enjoyed this article.

Now I’d like to hear from you:

Did you find those tips effective and are you going to follow them from now on?

Either way, let me know in the comment. I’m waiting for your reply.

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