Staying focused on your studies can be tough. With Netflix only one click away, it’s all too easy to procrastinate. We asked students what helps them stay focused and avoid distractions. Here is what they said.
“Make a schedule and stick to it.” – Katie, Nursing Student
Making a schedule is a great way to see what you need to complete for the day and what is left to be done. Ticking off each item of the schedule as you complete it is also a great way to feel accomplished and help you stay on track.
“Setting a timer for when I can take a quick break and try not to get distracted in that time.” – Emma, Accounting and Taxation Student
Setting timers can be a great way to effectively split your time. Knowing you only have certain period to complete a task can help you minimise procrastination time. Timing your study breaks can also keep you accountable and help you get back to study.
“Turn off my mobile!” – Honey, Curtin Student
Turning off your phone is a great way to minimise distraction. Although this is not possible for everyone (especially if you are expecting a call or important message) it can be a great idea to turn off all your social media/non-essential notifications, take your phone off silent and place it in a nearby shelf or cupboard. This way you cannot see the phone to distract you, but if it rings or you receive a text you will be able to easily hear and retrieve it!
“Put on some beats that help you focus!” – Ashleigh, Business Law Student
Music can help minimise other noises and distractions while studying. Make sure the music you’re listening too is nothing you know all the words to or something you’re likely to get caught up in. Instrumental music can also be great as you alleviate the chances of getting caught up in the song and singing along!
“A designated study spot. Have it clean at all times so you can focus!” – Jonathan, Tourism & Hospitality Management and Geography Student
Having a space or spot you use to study that is different to your couch or your bed can help separate work from relaxation. Try and make this spot a non-communal space that you can easily access. This minimises the chances of the space not being available when you need it.
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Written by public relations student Taysha Sullivan