This is a discussion on Study to play ratio within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; As the title says, how to split time? I would like to learn poker on a deeper level. I can spare 3-4 hours daily and
I listened to the Red Chip Poker podcast and they had this question, I think the general agreement was a beginner should play:study on a 1:1 ratio, an intermediate on more of a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio, and semi pros and pros back to a 1:1 ratio. If you have about 4 hours daily I'd suggest play a day, then study the next day and repeat so you can really get stuck in to whichever you do.
As a beginner I too would suggest more play... and for studying I'd honestly try reading a couple of books (& 'guides') to gain a decent foundation in which to work from. Something I see a lot of these days online is newer players attempting to adopt concepts & play style that is way over their heads.... while still hardly able to villain on ranges etc.
Reason I am suggesting this is just from some hands I've seen you playing.
ie. Limping AJs in UTG while stacks are ~100bb deep.
Limp/Calling with any two suited cards while OOP ie. Limp/Calling a 4x raise vs. 40bb effective stacks
Limping too often
Playing too many hands (VPIP of 56% is not recommended for a full ring table)
I've always found extreme study requirements such as 1:1 to be unrealistic. Possibly there are some players who study this often, but I can tell you from working with a large number of players over the years that if your ratio is 6:1 (in favor of playing), then you're studying significantly more than the average reg.
Don't get me wrong -- if it motivates you, then more study is great! But just make sure that you're putting in at least some study for every session you play even if it's a 3-hour session and then 20 mins spent reviewing a few key hands from it.