6 Top Tips For Staying Focused Whilst Studying

A key focus of my blog is General Education. A key to academic success is the ability to study. Some people have problems studying and focusing, particularly in ascending levels of education. The following contributed post is entitled, 6 Top Tips For Staying Focused Whilst Studying.

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One of the hardest things about university is knowing how to stay focused while you’re studying. Whether you’re studying for your undergraduate degree or your Master’s you need to be sure you’re staying as focused as you possibly can at all times. Whilst it may be overwhelming at first, there are lots of tips and tricks you can pick up to ensure you’re doing exactly that. From setting yourself mini-deadlines to working in a quiet area, you may be surprised at what you can do to improve your focus. With that in mind, here are 6 top tips for staying focused whilst studying:

– Set Yourself Mini-Deadlines

One of the best ways to ensure you’re staying focused is to set yourself mini-deadlines, as this will give you something to work towards. Whether that means writing a certain amount of words a day or having a certain section of your textbook memorised before a specific date, you need to ensure you’re setting yourself timeframes. If you don’t have these time frames in mind, chances are you’re going to end up doing everything last minute. For a guide to setting yourself personal deadlines, you can visit this site here.

– Work In A Quiet Area

If you struggle to work in crowded areas that are noisy, you may want to think about finding somewhere quiet to go instead. Whether that means sitting in your dorm room or going to the quiet area in the library, it’s important you’re finding an environment you’re comfortable working in.

– Avoid All Distractions

Another great way to ensure you’re staying focused is to avoid as many distractions as you can. Although it can be difficult to avoid everything, you need to try your hardest to say no. From saying no to going out on an evening where you have to study to switching the TV off when you can’t concentrate, distractions are something that should never be welcome For tips and tricks when it comes to avoiding distractions, you can visit this site here.

– Find Out How You Work Best

No matter what subject you’re studying, you need to be sure you’re finding the way in which you work best. Whether you’re studying for a Masters Degree in health administration or an Undergraduate Degree in marketing, finding the way in which you prefer to work will be incredibly beneficial.

– Try Not To Study Too Much

Although this may seem counterproductive, you need to ensure you’re not studying too much. Taking breaks is essential to your health.

– Use Common Productivity Methods

Finally, you may want to consider using productivity methods. From taking a break every 20 minutes to working for an hour at a time, you can try as many as you want until you find the one for you.

Are you looking for some tips and tricks to help you stay focussed whilst you’re studying? What can you do to ensure you’re staying on top of your studies? Did we miss anything? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Are You Trying To Balance Being A Parent And Studying? Here’s 3 Tips To Make It Easier

Two key focuses of my blog are Creating Ecosystems of Success and General Education. Many parents balance going back to school and parenting which can be a lot of work. The following contributed post gives tips to parents for simultaneously balancing both tasks and is entitled, Are You Trying To Balance Being A Parent And Studying? Here’s 3 Tips To Make It Easier.

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There are many reasons why parents decide to continue or even start, studying at the same time as raising a young family. They may have become parents at a young age and missed out on the chance to finish their education, or perhaps they took time out to go on a gap year or went straight into the workplace instead. Whatever the reason, it is possible to make a return to education and raise a family at the same time. It will be more difficult – after all, you have little people depending on you, but bare in mind that you are doing your best to be a good role model and improving your future job prospects. Here, we look at a few ways to make studying and parenting a lot more simple.

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1) Think about online or distance learning

Sometimes, actually getting out to a college or university campus can be the most difficult thing about studying for a parent. If your children are not of school age, you need to look for reliable daycare, which can be extremely expensive. You also have to think about getting everyone ready and out of the door on time in the mornings, and let’s face it, with young kids, that is never the easiest thing to do. Lessons and deadlines are usually set in stone and have no leeway for flexibility. Online and distance courses, are not as rigid, and can often be done at your own speed, from the comfort of your own home – in your pyjamas if you like and sitting at your affordable reclaimed wood table. It also allows you to attend events at your children’s school and be at home for them when they need you without the worry of it affecting your grades or attendance.

2) Be prepared to study anywhere

When you’re studying and raising a family, the one thing you are most likely to struggle with is time. As parents, we seem to waste a lot of time, sitting around in our car while they are in ballet recitals or soccer coaching. When you are studying, those little pockets of time can be precious. Have a bag ready to take anywhere and everywhere with course books, printouts, flashcards and anything else that you need to do some spontaneous studying. You will be surprised at just how much you can get done!

3) Lose the guilt

Guilt is one thing that parents feel a lot of the time, and when you are trying to divide your precious time between your children and your education, it is easy to feel guilty. To do both effectively, you need to let that guilt go. Sometimes, you might have to put the TV on and leave the kids to amuse themselves. Sometimes, you might need to miss that show or that baseball game to meet a deadline. There will be times when you feel exhausted and have little patience left, but remember, you are doing this not only to benefit you but to benefit your children as well.