Revolutionize Your Study Habits: Mastering Chunking, Time Blocking, and Habit Stacking

As we embrace the new year, it’s the perfect time to rethink and revitalize how we approach studying. For students juggling a multitude of subjects and activities, having effective study habits is not just helpful; it’s essential. Let’s explore three powerful techniques: Chunking, Time Blocking, and Habit Stacking, to help your student study smarter, not harder.


Chunking: The Art of Breaking Down Big Tasks

What is Chunking?
Chunking involves breaking down large, complex topics into smaller, more manageable parts. It’s like solving a jigsaw puzzle – you focus on small sections to eventually complete the big picture.

How to Implement:

  • Identify Major Topics: Start by outlining the major projects or topics in the subject you’re studying.
  • Break It Down: Divide these topics into subtopics or individual assignments.
  • Focus on One Chunk at a Time: Encourage your child to study one chunk thoroughly before moving to the next.

For example: Imagine you’re getting ready for a science test about ecosystems—how different parts of nature interact and what happens when things go awry. To tackle it, start by really understanding what an ecosystem is and the different roles within it. Once you’ve got that down, you can move on to the other details in the unit.


  • Reduces overwhelm by making large amounts of information more digestible.
  • Enhances understanding and retention.


Time Blocking: Structured Study Sessions

What is Time Blocking?
Time blocking is dedicating specific time slots to specific tasks or subjects. It’s about prioritizing what to study and when.

How to Implement:

  • Create a Schedule: Use a planner or digital calendar to block out time for each subject or simply set apart study time.
  • Be Consistent: Aim for the same time blocks each day or week to build a routine.
  • Include Breaks: Ensure there are short breaks within these time blocks to maintain focus.

Check out the sample schedule below:


  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Review Week’s Material
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Break (Outdoor Activity)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Focus on Challenging Concepts
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Break (Lunch)
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Weekend Reading Assignment
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Break (Free Time)
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Plan for the Coming Week
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Break (Free Time)
  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner


  • Ensures balanced coverage of all subjects.
  • Helps build a consistent study routine.


Habit Stacking: Integrating Study into Daily Life

What is Habit Stacking?
Habit stacking involves adding a new habit (like studying) to an already-established daily routine.

How to Implement:

  • Identify Existing Habits: Find routines your child already does daily, like having breakfast or brushing your teeth.
  • Add a Study Element: Attach a new study habit to these routines, like reviewing flashcards after breakfast.
  • Keep it Simple: Start with small, manageable study tasks to ensure consistency.


  • Makes it easier to remember to study by attaching it to an existing habit.
  • Helps integrate studying into daily life without feeling burdensome.

Empowering your child with effective study strategies like Chunking, Time Blocking, and Habit Stacking can transform their academic journey. It’s not just about getting through the syllabus; it’s about creating a sustainable and enjoyable learning experience. Remember, successful study habits are a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to adjust, but the long-term benefits are worth the effort.

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By Robert Brundage
Robert is a tutor and Creative Content Manager at Revolution Prep. Off-duty, he enjoys being silly with his daughter, trying out new recipes, and playing board games with his wife and friends.