Time Dilation Study Hack

Ever noticed how long a minute takes when you're watching the timer on your microwave. But if you glance at the TV for "a second", poof, the minutes up.

Well in this study hack you can harness the power of time dilation to get more done in less time. The key is keeping track of the clock. There are two ways to do this. You can look at the clock like in our microwave experiment, or you can listen to the clock.

For study, you need your eyes glued to your books, so that leaves auditory pacing with a metronome. if you could see your brain electrical activity as you listened to a metronome you would note a small spiked waveform with each tick. This group of cells firing in synchrony forms a pacemaker in your brain increasing cerebral organization. In fact, some recent studies have shown that people able to tap out a steady beat are smarter in intelligence tests than those who can't.

The key to making this system work is to gear down the metronome to 40-50 beats a minute. Try a range of beats for 10min each to find your own sweet spot. And turn the volume down low so it's just barely hearable and not loud enough to distract you - those pacemaker cells will still catch on.

When you have your beat sweet tuned you'll notice that when you break between study sessions you'll be doing a double take when you look at your clock and saying to yourself, "Wow! it's only X:XX time!"


We recommend trying an electronic metronome as they are easy to set, inexpensive, and volume adjustable, but some audiophiles still prefer the more natural sound of mechanical metronomes and that's fine too.

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Article Last Updated: August 31 2014
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