Being a student can be incredibly tiring. Unlike a regular job, you don't really get days off during school terms because no matter what you'll always have the thought of their exams getting closer as the days go by. It's difficult to get a break when you know there's more studying to be done!
It's great if you work 5 hours in a day, but that doesn't really matter if you don't actively retain any of the information you've done. Instead of focus on how long you spend studying, set yourself a daily goal of a certain number of pages/chapters that need to be covered. It's the best way of making real progress, but you have to be realistic with your goal and again, stick to it! Once you've completed your daily goal then you can choose on whether you want to continue studying or call it a day guilt free.
Stick to a schedule
Time management is crucial for students to find balance in their days. Of course, the schedule will have to change depending on whether or not you have mocks/final exams coming up, but throughout the year you can stick to the same routine. Try working at different times of the day, or setting a particular goal on a day and find what works best for you. Maybe you're the type of person that likes to wake up early in the morning and get all your work done, or maybe you like to take it easy in the mornings and really zone in after lunch. Explore the various possibilities, find what works best with you but more importantly make sure you're disciplined and stick to it!
There are plenty of ways for you to set a schedule. You can use the calendar on any device, a physical notebook or planner or even use sticky notes with your own colour coded system. Whichever works best for you, there's no right or wrong way to do it.
In times of stress, where you have a deadline or exams coming up, then by all means do what you need to do to get your work done. But during the year, it's important to spend time away and giving yourself the break that you deserve. Hang out with friends or partake in any hobbies. The last thing you want is to burn out just before your final exams or deadline and underperform when it really matters! Learn to manage your time properly, the right balance is key. If you learn to schedule in both at a decent amount then you're on track to progressing as much as possible.