Want to know how to study without distractions? Then read on to find out our hints and tips for concentrating on your study.
- A quiet place
One key way to study without distractions is to find a quiet place in which to study. It might be you have a suitable place at home or in your student accommodation. If not, look for a suitable library in which you can put your head down and concentrate. If the library of your college or university doesn’t work for you, with opportunities to socialise with your fellow students proving a distraction, then consider giving the reference section of your local civic library a visit instead. A change of scenery can be conducive to studying in a focused way without distraction.
- Turn off technology
Turn off all of the technology that you’re not using directly. Don’t even keep your smartphone on silent mode or the buzzing and vibrations could be enough to distract you. Out of sight is out of mind, so not only switch your phone off but put it away and out of your sight too.
- Do things the old fashioned way
In fact, as much as you can, do things the old fashioned way, step away from your screens and revise for your exam using a pen and paper. Don’t just read text off of a screen or highlight text in a book – information isn’t best absorbed this way.
Revision is a very personal thing, and a key element of success is to give yourself time, so you can find out what works for you, space out your revision and return to subjects repeatedly over time. Think of a ballet dancer rehearsing for a performance or a sportsperson training for a competition; they don’t cram in all of their training at the last minute, they build it up gradually over time and return to key skills (or subjects) again and again.
Try making summaries of your notes and essays, and then condense them down again. Aim to have a single word representing each key paragraph of an essay or revision topic. Create a card with perhaps ten words or short phrases representing each key concept you’re revising. Test yourself repeatedly on these concepts; testing is the key to engaging with content and remembering it.
- Get a good night’s sleep
Being tired will affect your ability to concentrate, so be sure to get eight hours sleep a night. Keep your bedroom as clutter-free as possible, creating as calm and relaxing an atmosphere as possible. Ban or at the very least switch-off, all screens in your bedroom when you go to bed as even a standby light can prove a distraction from a good night’s sleep. Keep noise, light and distractions to an absolute minimum to give you the best chance of resting well and hence studying well the next day.
- Eat well
Eating a healthy diet is crucial to studying well, and a good breakfast is especially important. The Guardian has reported that almost a third of all children go to school without eating and research has found that skipping meals reduces your ability to concentrate. So to study well without distractions, eat well, including a good breakfast and in addition to your main meals, do have regular snacks throughout the days.
There you have our key hints and tips for studying without distraction; we hope you’ve found them helpful and that your revision gets off to a good start. If your experience of studying has inspired you to follow a teaching career, then contact a local teaching recruitment agency to help get your career in a school off to a flying start.