As the CBSE Class 12 board exams draw near, the intensity of preparation can seem overwhelming for both students and parents. However, integrating effective study breaks can significantly enhance your child’s focus and productivity without leading to burnout. At ConnectEd, we emphasize the importance of balanced study routines that include strategic breaks to optimize learning outcomes.

Why are Study Breaks Crucial?

Continuous studying may appear productive, but it’s often counterproductive, leading to exhaustion and decreased retention. Here’s why breaks are essential:

  • Enhanced Productivity: Regular breaks help maintain high levels of productivity by giving the brain time to rest and process information.
  • Stress Reduction: Breaks serve as a relief valve from the intense pressure of exams, helping to keep anxiety at bay.
  • Improved Focus: Returning to studies after a break can help your child tackle materials with renewed energy and sharper concentration.

Optimal Ways to Implement Study Breaks

Effective breaks are planned and purposeful, not random intervals spent on distracting activities like social media or TV. Here are some strategies to help your child make the most of their breaks:

  • The Pomodoro Technique: Encourage your child to study in focused 25-minute intervals followed by 5-minute breaks. After four of these cycles, a longer 15-30 minute break can be more rejuvenating.
  • Physical Activity: A brisk walk, some simple stretching, or a series of yoga poses can re-energize both mind and body.
  • Mindfulness and Deep Breathing: Even a few minutes spent in meditation or deep breathing can significantly reduce stress levels and boost mental clarity.
  • Nutritious Snacking: Opt for healthy snacks that replenish energy without causing sluggishness. Avoid heavy, fatty foods.
  • Change of Scenery: Occasionally shifting the study location can refresh your child’s mind and improve focus.

Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Study Breaks

To ensure breaks enhance study effectiveness, here’s what to encourage and what to avoid:


  • Use a Timer: Keep breaks concise and effective with a timer to prevent overextension.
  • Disconnect: Encourage your child to put away digital devices during breaks to truly disconnect and relax.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keeping hydrated is essential for maintaining concentration and overall health.
  • Plan Break Activities: Help your child plan their break activities in advance to ensure they are relaxing and rejuvenating.


  • Overextend Breaks: Keep breaks short to maintain a rhythm and prevent loss of focus.
  • Fall into Procrastination: Guide your child in choosing activities that won’t lead to unintended time-wasting.
  • Worry Over Minutes: If a break extends a couple of minutes longer, it’s okay. The goal is effective rejuvenation, not strict adherence to timing.


Study breaks are a powerful tool in your child’s exam preparation arsenal. They are not merely pauses but pivotal moments that can significantly influence the quality of studying. By helping your child adopt these structured break strategies, you’re not just aiding their exam preparation but also teaching them valuable time management and self-care skills that go beyond academics.

With ConnectEd’s CBSE online course, your child learns not only academic excellence but also how to study smarter and maintain well-being under pressure. Equip them with these strategies, and watch them approach their exams with confidence and calm.

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