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Eliminating Distractions While Studying

Distractions are part of life. Most of the time, they're easy to ignore or deal with on some level, but not always. It seems that when you really need to buckle down and study, that's when distractions are at their worst. If you're fully committed to furthering your education by getting past the distractions, here are some tips that can help. 

Find a Quiet Space 

Having a space to dedicate to studying can help leave distractions behind. It's tempting to study in a bedroom where the door can be closed, but a bedroom also tends to have a TV, radio, game system, or any number of other things that can lead you astray from your goal. If the available entertainment is too much to handle, find someplace neutral---the den or office, a spare bedroom, or even the garage. In colleges, many dorms or other buildings have rooms devoted to studying. The library is one of the best places to go for quiet. If you live in the dorm and have to study in your room, close the door, as an open door invites socializing. 

Finish Tasks 

If you have some partially done things, finish them before settling down to study. When things aren't done, you think about it, and contemplate what you'll need to complete them. It's better to just get whatever it is done, so that when you start studying, you'll only concentrate on studying. 


Create a schedule or timeline for yourself. You know what you need to study. You also know when your classes/tests/assignments are due. By making a schedule of when you need to study and a timeline of what you need to study, it will keep you on track. 

Comfort Level 

Think about what distracts you from studying. Some people can't study if they are uncomfortable. They like to curl up on a comfy chair or couch and sink into their studying. For others, being too relaxed leads them away from their studies. These people are better off sitting in a rigid chair, like at the kitchen table or a library cubicle. Decide ahead of time that your education is worth some discomfort, so that you will be prepared. 

Hunger Pains 

When you're hungry, it will become the easiest excuse to stop studying. To avoid this, it's imperative to keep hunger at bay. There are two options. One is to always have snacks and a drink with you, so that whenever hunger strikes, you have something on hand. The other option is to eat before you start studying, so that you're fully focused when you begin. The fact is that food can be an issue whether you've just eaten or need to take a break in the middle of studying. The important thing is to remember your goal and get right back to the task at hand.


If you have roommates and plan to study in your room, make them aware of your plans so they know to keep it down or be away during your study time. Also, let friends know so that they won't be calling or texting during that time. Some people find it easier to study with a friend who is working on the same subject, or one who is a better studier. Sometimes, having a good example to emulate is all you need. 

Be Realistic 

If you're tired, it's going to be impossible to keep you mind on your studies. There are times when it's smarter to put everything away and get a good night's sleep. Keep this in mind when you're making a study schedule---when is the best time of day for you to concentrate. 

Studying is important for your education, but it's not always easy to do. With a few simple tweaks, your normal distractions can be eliminated to put you on the road to success. 

Author Bio 

Ryan Ayers is a writer who creates informative articles in relation to education. In this article, he offers study tips to students and aims to encourage further study through online education degrees.


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