How do you stay focused?
I am struggling with my boring classes. I find myself getting distracted often by information I want to learn versus the information I have to learn. I am studying health sciences and the History of Japan in the 1800s is boring me to tears. premed
But what can bail you out is few youtube videos below that will tell you the medical history pre-1800 and post 1800 era .
once you watch these quick videos, you will learn and remember the entire story as Visualization and will be able to relate/connect with the current boring lectures with facts and figures much better:
1. Watch some youtube videos on Kampo medicine, RANGAKU,
2. Browse the Timeline of healthcare in Japan in wikipedia
3. Later in the era of 1800, the Meiji Restoration happens. Japan opens to Western influence. Several Western hospitals were founded. Traditional medicine enters a period of rapid decline then and hence is the reform of modern medicine.
These steps will certainly help you stay focused. Good luck with your premeds.
Suddhasattwa recommends the following next steps:
You are not alone! Distraction struggles do not stop once you begin working, but there are some great ways to cope. Here are a few ways I do:
- Time block - set a timer for 20 minutes and commit to doing nothing else but that task for 20 minutes. When that time is up, you can check your phone, send the email that came to mind, etc. Sometimes you'll find yourself in a groove at that point. And if you don't, you'd be amazed where 20 un-distracted minutes can get you!
- Keep a piece of paper to the side of you work to quickly jot things you feel like you have to remember down so your brain can release it without feeling you have to remember the task. You probably only need to write down one word for you to remember each task/distraction.
- Keep the space surrounding you clean and visually appealing. In high school when everything else was a mess, I would put a blanket on the floor and make that little space perfect. Sounds funny, but it truly helped me focus.
- If you feel yourself getting stuck on a concept, step away from it for a minute and come back to it. Frustration can be a big distraction too.
Keep at it!
To actually check in when you hear the trigger word, here is what I usually do:
1. Take a few deep breaths
2. Quickly acknowledge any sensations I'm feeling in the body (i.e. heat, tingling, soreness, tightness, etc.)
3. Acknowledge emotions I'm feeling (i.e. I am feeling bored, sad, happy, content, etc.)
4. Check my surroundings and notice what is going on outside, notice things that I like.
5. Take a few more deep breaths and go back to focusing on the lecture.
I hope this helps!
Masha recommends the following next steps:
As others here have said, it is true, that this class won't last forever. Look forward to the day when it is over and then be proud that you endured it and learned something.
Some tips on how to stay focused:
Take breaks every hour
Remove any distractions
Do the most difficult studying first
Remind yourself constantly of your ultimate goal (achieving your degree!)
Take classes that apply for credit, but that also interest you
Unfortunately not all classes are going to be interesting to every student, but is always helpful to keep your goals in mind and strive for success!
Good luck to you!
Also, remember that nothing lasts forever. You only need to sit through these courses for one, maybe two, semesters and that's it. So do your best and take it one week at a time. It will be over before you know it and you'll move on to courses that you'll actually be interested in.
Great question. It is definitely important to stay focused. Here are my tips,
1. Set study goals. First things first; start with the basics and set your study goals.
2. Make a study timetable. Once you know what you want, the next step is to prepare a weekly study timetable.
3. Stay focused on your priorities.
4. Find a suitable environment.
5. Block distracting websites plus apps on your phone, tablet, and computer.
6. Focus on skills, not grades.
Finally, use the Pomodoro Technique, this is a very effective technique to stay focused and make you work smarter and your brain will thank you.
Hope this helps.