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Do you have your phone in your room while studying?

I struggle with my phone in my room.

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Raisa Anan’s Answer

Hi Victory! Yes, I keep my phone in the room when I study. I understand how it can be a massive distraction, so I use the following tips:
1) Turn off all the notifications.
2) If you use social media on the web, sign out from all of them.
3) Turn the wifi off on your phone.
4) Keep it away from your study desk.
5) Make a rule for yourself, such as checking the phone only after you've finished studying for a specific amount of time.

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Madi’s Answer

Hi, Victor.

This is a struggle that many people have, including myself. When I used to study in college, I'd often find myself picking up my phone and mindlessly scrolling on social media. Obviously, that took away from precious study hours. To combat this, you can use the reward method. Put your phone down and for every 25 minutes you spend studying, you can use your phone for 5 minutes. You also can use whatever intervals of time suit you.

Additionally, you may also just turn your phone off. This way, you will be reminded to study. Everytime you pick up your phone and realize it is off, you will remember that you turned it off because you need to study.
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Angelica’s Answer

Hi Victor,

I always had trouble studying with my phone near me. I would put my phone on "Do Not Disturb" and that way if there was an emergency I could still receive texts/calls from my family. I would also take breaks where I was allowed to check my phone, but only gave myself 5-10 minutes so I didn't get too far off track. I found that if I studied too long without a break (whether it be a phone break or to do something else like dishes), I would zone out and stop retaining information.

I'm not sure if you use Tiktok at all or if this is something you would be interested, but I've seen some people even go "Live" while they study so they can't use their phone. I've never personally done it, but it's an interesting method to not using your phone.
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Jolene’s Answer

Hi Victory!

Unfortunately, yes. I do struggle with this a lot.

My advice? Turn on do not disturb, silence notifications, or shut your phone off completely. Make sure it's out of sight, and out of mind. If you can't see it, you won't be constantly thinking about it. But also... you're allowed to take breaks. In fact, studies show that your concentration begins to decline naturally after about 15-20 minutes of constant work. So what I think you should do is ALLOW yourself that time to unwind a little bit, but LIMIT that time. Study for this 15-20 minutes, and spend a few minutes on your phone. If you tend to get way sidetracked (like me), you can even set a timer for yourself so those few minutes doesn't accidentally turn into... more than a few minutes.

Jolene recommends the following next steps:

Make a schedule for your time
Take small breaks
Silence your notifications or shut your phone doen
Timers!
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Angelica’s Answer

Hi Victor,

I always had trouble studying with my phone near me. I would put my phone on "Do Not Disturb" and that way if there was an emergency I could still receive texts/calls from my family. I would also take breaks where I was allowed to check my phone, but only gave myself 5-10 minutes so I didn't get too far off track. I found that if I studied too long without a break (whether it be a phone break or to do something else like dishes), I would zone out and stop retaining information.

I'm not sure if you use Tiktok at all or if this is something you would be interested, but I've seen some people even go "Live" while they study so they can't use their phone. I've never personally done it, but it's an interesting method to not using your phone.
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