For me, one of the hardest things about college is studying at home without wanting to get in bed and sleep. I would study at the library, but I tend to get distracted by the books (ironic, right?).
Get noise cancelling headphonesSeriously a life saver for me. I close my door, but I have bat-like hearing and can hear a pin drop while my parents are watching TV in another room. They can be pricey, but sooooo worth it.
DON'T STUDY IN BED!If you have awesome will power and know you won’t fall asleep while studying on your bed-go for it! I don’t and I will close my eyes for a minute and will end up sleeping for 3 hours. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done that then inwardly cursed myself for wasting valuable study time.
Put away your phoneI have some push notifications so putting my phone away is not enough sometimes. I silence it or turn it off then put it under my pillow or something. Out of sight, out of mind. 🙂
Change it upSitting at my desk (which faces a wall) can be suffocating- I move my books to the floor and continue studying. Also if I’m reading a lot, I switch up the chairs I sit in.
Take yoga breaksStretch out that back! Un-cramp that hand! Rest your eyes! and YAWN! Yawning allows air to flow to your brain (thanks Cash Cab). Here are the yoga poses that I do when taking a study break. *~BoNuS~* here’s another article about doing yoga while studying for finals.
Set the timerFor me, a lot of my studying happens on my computer so I set the timer on my phone for 10-20 minutes and I study my little heart out. When it goes off, I set it again, but this time I check my email, blog or whatever.
Some other tips:
- Drink water (not just coffee or tea)
- Take breaks and do something fun (like cuddling with your dog)
- Write down important things
- Don’t forget to eat!
- Get some rest
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