When you are a student, you have many tasks, assignments and responsibilities. You need to go to this important seminar, make that case study anaysis, prepare for tomorrow’s test and finish that clever book. However, the distractions wait for us on every corner. Gadgets are today’s biggest distraction for every student. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-books, i-pods and many other things to procrastinate with. If you feel like this problem concerns you, too, here are some tips that can help you.
1. Keep only one gadget
We all have more devices than we actually need. While studying, keep only one of them that can help you with learning. If you are preparing for a foreign language test, keep only a laptop with dictionaries. If it is something else, keep only the phone and try not to use it as a distraction (don’t play games or make selfie every five minutes).
Social networks are the easiest way to waste time and keep the studying away. If you have an important test tomorrow or you need to write a clever essay, delete all the apps of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. If you still find the way to visit those sites, download the app that blocks them for a certain period of time.
3. Buy a regular alarm clock
Don’t use a mobile phone as an alarm clock. Better buy a table clock. Thus, your sleep may be better and you won’t wake up in the middle of the night to read new messages.
E-books are great to carry with you and to read in public transportation and elsewhere. But sometimes reading a real book is great. Although, e-books do not harm our eyes, it is still easier to focus on paper pages. Researches show that the e-books users memorize less information that the readers of actual books.
5. Don’t use gadgets while eating
According to researches, 33% of people use smartphones while eating. Even more people watch TV or sit in front of computers. If you cannot eat and do nothing, take a college book with you and read it. However, you should better eat in quiet and concentrate on food, people around or yourself.
6. Practice 20-20-20
If you want to see less gadgets on weekends but you have to use your laptop, for example, make a 20-seconds break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 meters away from you. In addition to that, you can walk for 20 meters and more to relax and not to stare are the monitor for a while.
6. Don’t use a smartphone in bathroom
The majority of students take a phone with them while they are doing their business in the bathroom. By playing games and watching fun videos in there, you risk missing some clever thought. It is not a secret that many great ideas come to people when they sit on a toilet. Don’t miss those ideas!
Alyce is an inspired blogger, private tutor and educational consultant who is passionate about everything related to writing. Now she has found herself as a private consultant/educator, providing seminars and workshops to teachers of English. The focus of her presentations is how to motivate students to enjoy writing and to help them in becoming creative and proficient writers both for their pleasure and coursework assignments. She loves to share her experience in these fields. Stay tuned to get more actionable tips about writing!