The Perfect Studying Routine | Scott H Young
To perfect your studying routine, look at your current routine, and see what's missing. For example:
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It is often unhelpful to hear that the perfect routine is the one you can stick to to help you reach your goals. As everyone is different in personality, constraints, and preferences, the ideal method will differ.
Instead of outlining an exact routine, look at the essential parts of a routine, and season them as you desire.
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Next, analyze the loop for different parts to see whether you can make improvements. It will result in faster learning.
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