By: Erica Statly
Autumn is such a wonderful time, especially as a student. There is always so much going on, and it’s all so fun! Unfortunately, this makes it harder for us kids to focus. So here are five tips on how to ignore the inevitable distractions.
Tip #1: List and prioritize.
If there is one thing students absolutely suck at, it’s prioritizing their lives. Far too often, partying comes before homework and health. So start by just writing out a long list of everything you have to do, in no particular order. Then go back through your list and order it in number of importance. Write a “1” next to the most important task, “2” by the next most important task, “3” by the third most important task, and so on. Then get to it!
Tip #2: Create a syllabus planner.
My syllabus planner is digital. I use the app called “myHomework” (it’s free). Go through all of your syllabi and write down every single due date, presentation date, projects, etc. Highlight days you absolutely cannot miss class. Then transfer this all into a paper agenda or a digital calendar. If you use the app, you can set reminders so you never forget to do your homework again!
Tip #3: Time it.
Block off time in your day specifically to do homework. Have common sense when planning this, though. If you scheduled to do homework from 7pm – 11pm on Thursday night…c’mon. We all know something is going to come up and you won’t do it. Study at night on Monday instead, and wake up early on Thursday to get stuff done so you can have fun at night.
Tip #4: Test out a new environment.
Studying in your dorm or apartment may seem appealing because you can just lounge around in sweats, hair tied up, no makeup. But the chances of being distracted greatly increase. Try out your campus library, university center…dorms often have study lounges or study rooms you can try out.
Tip #5: Reward yourself.
School is not meant for all work and no play! If you are getting your stuff done, you shouldn’t feel the least bit guilty about going out and having fun. Make life sweet. Always.