If you need to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking and you are studying for more than 3 hours per day on a consistent basis, then you are probably studying too much for the TOEFL exam.

You may have noticed this, if you have studied for a long period of time before, maybe 3 – 4, maybe 5 hours that usually by the third or the fourth hour it´s harder for you to concentrate, it´s harder for you to actually to take things in, synthesize them, and apply them to what you are doing. Your brain seems to be tired, fatigued, it less likely to get along with you, it’s less likely to be really engaged and focused on the material that you are studying.

When students study too much, then they start to dislike it, the learning does not become as effective, they learn less and less and less, and all of the sudden they are in a position, where they are not making any progress at all.

My recommendation for students is only studying for an hour and a half per day.

But when you study, make sure you are completely focused, that you are completely engaged, and you are completely immersed into the material so that you can make as much progress as fast as possible.

It´s much better to study for an hour and a half every day for a month than to study 3 hours every day for a week and then don´t study at all anymore.

Limit yourself to just an hour and a half of studying every day, and make sure you enjoy the process because when you enjoy studying, you´ll just learn much faster and quicker.

If you are taking TOEFL, for example, in a week or two weeks, it might help to study a lot every day just to cram and get that information in.

But if you are on a long hold, you need to just consistently study over a few months of time, an hour and a half every day.

And then, with the rest of your time, spend some time immersing yourself in enjoyable resources like movies, TV shows, podcasts, the radio, so you can continue to pick up and learn English just when you are going about your day to day life.

If you are looking for professional help or guidance, especially for 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, please get in touch with us, we´ve helped over a hundred students at this point get their goal score, through private lessons and group lessons, and we will also love to help you.

Studying Too Much

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Hi TOEFL students, welcome back to the TOEFL Speaking Teacher YouTube channel. We have another great video for you today, the one I will address to something I see a lot of English students doing and which I don’t think it´s for the best for them for getting a high score on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking.

And that is that,  I think,  students are studying too much for TOEFL. This isn´t an every student, I hear of many students, who I would encourage to study a bit more, but I do see this in a lot of students who need, for example, get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, that in pursuit of their goal, they are actually studying too much for TOEFL and the TOEFL Speaking.

If you are studying for more than 3 hours per day on a consistent basis, I mean longer than a month, then you are probably studying too much for the TOEFL exam.

There is nothing wrong with immersing yourself in English for that amount of time, you know, watching a movie or TV show, listening to a podcast, and having that more kind of active involvement in the English language for a few hours a day.

But if you are sitting down and doing active studying for the TOEFL and the TOEFL Speaking section for, you know, 3- 4- 5 hours a day, you are probably studying too much. That´s because of something called The Law of Diminishing Returns. The Law of Diminishing Returns.

The Law of Diminishing Returns says that for every, for example, 30 minutes that I invest in TOEFL studying, I expect to get an X amount back in terms of the learning or the progress that I am making for TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking. The Law of Diminishing Returns says that, you know, at 1 hour I can expect to get X amount back, for two hours I can expect to get X amount back, for three hours I can expect to get X amount back.

But the amount you getting back as time goes along, it gets less and less and less. You may have noticed this, if you have studied for yourself for a long period of time before, maybe 3-4, maybe 5 hours, that usually by like the third hour like or the fourth hour it´s harder for you to concentrate, it´s harder for you to actually to take things in, synthesize them, and apply them to what you are doing. Your brain seems tired, fatigued, like it less likely to get along with you, it’s less likely to be really engaged and focused on the material that you are studying.

That´s because of the way that we are learning, the way we are engaged with materials.

So my first recommendation for students who, for example, need to get a high score on TOEFL and TOEFL Speaking, is only studying for an hour and a half per day. 1.5 hours, that´s it. But when you study, make sure you are completely focused, that you are completely engaged, and you are completely immersed into the material so that you can make as much progress as fast as possible.

So, 1.5 hours per day. Now, a couple more reasons, you know,  outside of this Law of Diminishing Returns which basically says that for every extra minute or extra hour you are studying you are getting less and less and less impact.

 Another couple things to know, that if you are studying too much, that can lead to burnout. So, burnout is when we study so much, that we get so sick and tired of TOEFL that we just quit for like a month or two months.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever, you know, studied for like 3 or 4 -5 hours for like a month and you got so sick and tired of TOEFL that you´ve just quit for a month.

It´s much better to study for an hour and a half, every day for a month, than it is to study 3 hours for a week, sorry, 3 hours every day for a week and then don´t study at all anymore. You want to make sure that you avoid burn out when you are studying.

And the other thing that relates to that is that the most effective way to learn is by enjoying the material that you are learning with. Most students, if they are studying for more than 3 hours a day or more on TOEFL, they start to hate their life. They start to really dislike what´s they are doing and how it´s affecting them.

Then as they start to dislike it, the learning does not become as effective, you know,  they learn less and less and less, and all of the sudden they are in a position, where they are not making any progress at all.

So by coding yourself, limiting yourself to just an hour and a half of studying every day, focus on a process of enjoyment, focus on really enjoying what you are learning, really enjoying what you are studying because when you enjoy it more, you´ll just learn much faster. And you´ll learn much quicker.

There are a couple of situations, where that might not necessarily apply. If you are taking TOEFL, for example, in a week or two weeks, it might help to study a lot every day just to cram and get that information in.

But if you are on a long hold, if for example, you are working to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, and your English just is not good enough for right now to get that score, you need to just consistently study over a few months of time, you know, for an hour and a half every day.

So, let´s review. If you´re studying for 3 to 4 to 5 hours every day for TOEFL, you are probably studying too much; this is because of the Law of Diminishing Returns. Instead, it´s best to limit yourself to an hour and a half of studying each day, to be really focused and engaged and immersed in the studying while you are doing it.

And then with the rest of your time, you know, spend some time immersing yourself in enjoyable resources like movies, TV shows, podcasts, the radio, so you can continue to pick up and learn English just when you are going about your day to day life.

So again, thank you so much for your time, for listening, and watching this video about why you might be spending too much time studying for TOEFL.

If you are looking for professional help or guidance, especially for 26+ on TOEFL Speaking, please get in touch with us, we´ve helped over a hundred students at this point get their goal score, through private lessons and group lessons, and we will also love to help you.