Thursday, January 8, 2009

Don't bang your head here.

Why is it that when you need to study most suddenly you are interested in everything else? I loathe reality TV shows, with a capital P in passion and yet I find myself enthralled with the Bachelor when it should be ahem, study time. Or suddenly, and this truly is a sign of brain damage for me, I want to CLEAN. Perhaps it’s bound to happen no matter what you do and some much needed breaks should be scheduled in but often it seems I get into this pattern of trying to find anything to do but what I should be doing. I think of myself as a good studier but as this test coming up is so fantastically enormous it got me thinking maybe I could use some tricks or little helps to get me over the hump when I’m just dying to delve into another Twilight book or a Patrick Dempsey marathon. So I was wondering what tricks people use to help them focus and study when the need to. One that I’ve found helpful is from my dear twin. When he was in college he wanted to go to this specific school for graduate school. Since it was his goal and he sometimes needed help focusing on finishing up his current school work he put a picture of the university right above his computer. That way when he started to day dream about anything that would not get him closer to his actual dream his eyes would rest on the picture and jolt him back to reality. I think the key is to figure out where your eyes usually wander off to (up and to the left, down and to the right…) and place your reminder there. How do you focus or study?

10 comments:

  1. I always had a hard time focusing when I was in college. I never really did want to study and my mind would wonder.. LOL!!

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  2. That's a tough one...procrastination is an art form. One that that I honed in college. For me, it took having zero time to procrastinate (which = a two-year-old, a full-time job and a second pregnancy) in order to focus.

    Looking back I'm pretty positive there MUST be an easier way!

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  3. Have you ever read _Dancing With Your Books_? Sounds kind of woo woo but it really helped me in grad school. Basically, it's all about allowing yourself to immerse 100% (for example, as you were studying, you try to let go of everything else, like worry about how you are going to do on a test or when you should walk the dog or anything. You try to be in the NOW, enjoying the experience of simply learning stuff).

    Highly recommended.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Your-Books-J-Gibbs/dp/0452264960

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  4. Thanks I'll check it out after March is over!

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  5. oops that was me (court) hubby was still logged in...

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  6. I have TONS of tricks as I had to learn to learn and am a complete daydreamer. But the best one. Study for fifteen minutes, take a five minute break, study for fifteen minutes, take a five minute break and so on. Our minds naturally wonder; this way you're more focused. But swear I do have tons of tricks :-)

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  7. Study? PFFFFFTTT. I mean, that's exactly what I SHOULD be doing right now. Instead I'll tell you what would help you study more...um...get rid of cable? Bad TV is evil.
    I remember someone saying you should move around when you study, too. Get up and move around, not just memorize your notes but repeat them aloud to yourself. Funny voices are worth more points.

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  8. Oh thank you so much! You made my day!!!

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  9. Haha. Oh man...I totally understand.

    When it comes time for me to study, I clean too! And also often end up getting enthralled in some stupid TV shows.

    Honestly I have no idea what I do to focus! Eventually, I get there.

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