Christina recommends the following next steps:
With that in mind, I can recommend a number of techniques that might be helpful in tricking your subconscious:
* The pomodoro technique: https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique
* Creating detailed todo lists: https://ed.ted.com/on/7iFzKKiq
* Being intentional about how time is allocated: https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_vanderkam_how_to_gain_control_of_your_free_time?language=en
There are many more, but that should get you started.
Tian Hao’s Answer
It is also important to make sure that you are actually studying what you want to study! You should also identify why you are interested in a particular major or class, and ask yourself whether if you really want to be there. I at one point signed up for a class that I thought would be interested in, but two weeks into the semester, I realized that I'm not taking any information in and I am learning just for the sake of learning. I ended up dropping the class.
- Do I feel like studying right now?
- What have I been doing? Do I need a break?
I think what works best for me is being honest with myself and realizing when I may need to take a break and not do work. Often times, when I try to do work when I'm just not there mentally, I end up spending a lot of time "working" but with very low productivity levels. However, if I had taken a short committed break where I did not think about the work/studying I had to do at all, it would have allowed me to be more productive in the time I spent doing work.
Ultimately, if you don't feel like doing work at the moment/are not focused, sometimes it can be beneficial to just take a brief break without thinking about the work/studying you have to do. Do something you enjoy, which can refresh your mind and allow you to focus more when it is time to start studying.
Once you do that, I think many of the methods explained in previous answers are extremely helpful in staying focused while studying.
When deciding how to go about studying, it is important to remember that different tactics work for everyone! Some are more visual learners and so watching instructional videos can be helpful, others learn by writing down what they are trying to learn, or by explaining/teaching the concept to others, etc. There is not one perfect way to study and it is all about finding what works for you! I have found it helpful to use Quizlet when trying to memorize something and teaching someone else a concept when I am trying to gain a better understanding. Often using a combination of study methods is most helpful. I hope this helps! Just remember that it often takes time to learn what works best for you. I'm sure you will do great!
My best advice for studying, especially during finals week, is to delete any distractions from your phone. Typically, I would delete the social media apps that I would find myself on when I avoided studying, so as a solution, I deleted them and re-downloaded them after my exams! Also, if you have a lot of assignments or homework for classes, creating a physical to-do list was always helpful, because you feel productive when you check them off, and you have all your obligations in front of you.
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My biggest piece of advice to STAY focused is to use an app called FocusKeeper. This app allows you to set timers that have you work for 25 minutes, and then take a 5 minute break. When you complete a certain number of rounds, you get a long break for 20 minutes. I love this app because it separates break time from study time. This means you don't feel guilty for being on your phone or social media when it's break time, but you also stay super focused when its study time because you know you have a break coming up! I have found this helps me avoid burnout as well.
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So, once you have that sorted you can work on the schedule.
Then you just have to find the best method. Sometimes, I worked better with friends depending and sometimes I really needed to be alone to focus on my assignments.
Also, before a midterm/final, I would typically rent out a room in the library for an afternoon and go over *every* example and do it on my own to really ensure that I understood concepts I didn't have to fully complete the problem but I was demonstrating knowledge as instead sometimes I would write the methodology for how to solve the problem like the steps I would take.