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?).

I sometimes find that studying at home can be difficult, here are some tips to make it easier.

Get noise cancelling headphones

Seriously 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. 


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.

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Put away your phone

I 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. šŸ™‚

Change it up

Sitting 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.


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Take yoga breaks

Stretch 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.

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Set the timer

For 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:

  1. Drink water (not just coffee or tea)
  2. Take breaks and do something fun (like cuddling with your dog)
  3. Write down important things
  4. Don’t forget to eat!
  5. Get some rest

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  • These are great tips! I get so distracted whenever I’m trying to study.

    • Haha I do too if I don’t take breaks!

  • Yoga breaks and setting a timer were the two ways I was ever able to get anything done while in college. Short, concentrated bursts of productivity were way better for me than trying to sit in front of a laptop for 3+ hours writing a paper.

    • Me too! Although I get carried away and sometimes spend hours writing.

  • Larissa Joassaint

    These tips are awesome. I have so much trouble studying at home because 1) my bed 2) my dog and 3) my family [bc I want to talk to them]. So I usually found being forced to go the library to have a productive session. The noise cancelling headphones is one that I can try to use, as well as not trying to study in bed, and making sure to change positions and take breaks. Haha…so what I’m trying to say is, I’m going to try all these tips and see if they help me out!

  • Nichole

    Great tips! As an online student these are critical for taking classes online. Iā€™m more productive in bed actually šŸ™ƒ Lol. But I definitely have to schedule breaks or my mind gets fuzzy.

    Nichole //

    • Really?! Lucky! I always get too comfy and fall asleep haha.

  • I could have used these a few months ago! I am nurse, but decided to also get real estate license and studying was hard for me for some reason. Glad I’m done with it though.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are awesome tips, especially the not studying in bed one! It totally reduces productivity!

  • i love studying and working from bed though lol! its so cozy and i do some of my best work there sometimes!

    • It is so cozy! That’s why I always fall asleep haha.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    These are really great tips! I always found it hard to study at home. And never in bed. I can only read for 5 minutes before I fall asleep. haha!

    • Haha if a book is intriguing I stay up, but textbooks rarely are haha.

  • My biggest study at home tip tis to have your own place for studying. I do not want to have to take everything out each time I sit down to study so having my own space solves that.

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    So many great tips! Having a great study spot is so important for success!

  • So glad I don’t have to worry about studying anymore haha. Noise cancelling headphones are def a must!

  • Sarah Lunetta Aoun

    These are great tips for studying at home! I like the idea of taking breaks and setting a timer! I will have to use those thx!

  • Mal

    I really love the idea of taking breaks! But that’s because I wouldn’t be studying lol

  • Putting away my phone was always a struggle for me but a must!

  • These are great tips! I always had to take breaks every so often or I’d get too distracted.

  • Paige Rankin

    These are great tips! I use to set my phone for 50 mins on alarm and then do a 10 min break so I would put my phone away while I studied!

    xoxo, Paige

  • McKennableu

    Great tips! Putting away the phone is definitely key.

  • Adriana

    These are great tips! I commuted in college, so I studied mostly from home too – the timer suggestion is my favorite, it always worked best for me!

  • I was so guilty of “studying” in bed and then just falling asleep! These tips are great for working from home too. It’s so easy to get off task!

    • Omg I ALWAYS want to study in bed, but I ALWAYS fall asleep haha.

  • Oh it is so important to not study in bed! The flip side to falling asleep is that you train your brain to be alert in bed which is possibly worse!

    • My bed=relaxation station so being alert is not an option haha.

  • I’m not in school anymore, but these tips could definitely apply to blogging. If my phone is nearby, I always get so distracted!

    • They could be used for blogging also!

  • To be my most productive self always required me to put away my phone. Although I almost always studied in bed, I made a point to always sit up and not lie-down.

    • I would still fall asleep haha- I’m hopeless!