Tips for Staying Focused

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Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Jesalynne 2F » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:02 pm

Hey guys, I've been finding it really hard to focus with everything that has been going on. Does anyone have tips on how to stay focused? I've been trying to study and it has been hard with all the updates for next quarter and the stress from that. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks in advance. :)

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Kishan Shah 2G » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:09 pm

Yeah same with me. I am usually really focused before finals week but there is a lot going on in terms of panic and new news. I try and get through some work but it seems like there are constant distractions every few minutes.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby JosephineF » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:32 pm

I've been putting my phone on do not disturb and setting a timer for an hour at a time and so for that I hour I sit and study and then when the timer goes off I give myself a 10 minute break and then I restart the timer for another hour. You just have to get into a groove. The hardest part is starting but then once your "in it" I find it's easier to keep going

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Omar Selim 1D » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:37 pm

People can stay focused in different ways. I like to drink coffee or tea while i study because it keeps me awake and alert

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Amanda Mei 1B » Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:42 pm

I've also been finding it hard to sit down and study, but I know it's important to get into a good habit since next quarter will be like this. I think finding a quiet spot would be super helpful in being able to just sit down and grind for a bit. Definitely setting a routine time to get up and study a certain subject each day would be ideal, just to get some sense of structure into the day.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Patricia Cardenas » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:45 pm

I would say to set aside a time limit, turn off your phone or any other distractions around you, and study for a set period of time. Then reward yourself with a short break, and continue! Wishing everyone the best of luck.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby AGaeta_2C » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:43 am

I always try to not study on an empty stomach since that lack of energy won’t do me any good. I’m just trying to establish a study routine for these next few months, but I find that completely shutting off social media and other distractions helps!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Philip » Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:26 am

To stay focus I usually take a couple of breaths and try my best to only think about the task at hand and ignore my surroundings

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Anuradha S 1F » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:13 pm

I've found that when I'm in a space where other people are also working, like the library or a coffee shop, I can stay focused for longer periods. Sometimes...peer pressure is good..

Also, NEVER STUDY ON YOUR BED OR IN YOUR BEDROOM IN GENERAL!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Kiara Phillips 1L » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:53 am

I suggest studying in intervals of 25 minutes and taking a 5 minute break before returning. This prevents burnout and gives you time to recenter yourself!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Sukhkiran_Kaur_3F » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:11 pm

Hey, I struggle with the same thing but something that helped me while studying for the midterm was creating a playlist of songs that I love and putting in my headphones. I didn't need to touch my phone to shuffle through the playlist either because I only chose songs I would listen to. Also, I took breaks after ~45 minutes.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby America Alvarado » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:14 pm

This may sound weird, but it really helps me. To stay focused I talk to myself about whatever I'm studying. If I write something down I also say it out loud like if I were explaining it to someone.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Anna Martin 2l » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:22 pm

I also struggle with staying focused on homework and assignments or even in class having online instruction. I have found what helps is to remove any distractions, such as my phone, and place them out of reach so I will not be inclined to stop what I am doing. Also, I find that setting a schedule for myself to complete assignments or homework and spacing out time for breaks has helped a lot to keep me on track. Hope this helps :)

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Daria 3A » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:23 pm

I always try to find a new environment to study in even if it's just moving from my desk to the dining table because after a while I start to feel unproductive at a certain place. Also sometimes you just have to stick ear plugs in to minimize sound distraction. I find that that helps me.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Will Skinner » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:24 pm

I always try to set aside time to go on walks whenever I am busy. Exercise in general helps me keep my mind clear.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Osiris De LeonR 1g » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:59 pm

One great tip is to set aside all distractions you may encounter. For example your phone or turn of the tv. Some people find it helpful to play music as it helps them focus easier. Try to take notes or write down some stuff you learned from the lecture.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Tatyana Bonnet 3H » Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:07 pm

A good tip is to reward yourself with something after doing any amount of work you feel you can accomplish and are actually motivated to do in a certain time period. After you are done you can watch an episode of your favorite show, or what I like to do is play among us to de-stress :)

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby 805377003 » Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:52 pm

I put headphones on that are noise canceling and this helps a lot.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby jasonfarrales2G » Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:56 pm

Honestly, staying focused is really easier said than done, especially during these times of uncertainty. What helps me stay focused is to first put my phone in a place where I cannot easily access it, so I do not get distracted by notifications or any other news. Furthermore, I like to play some instrumental music in the background, I would play regular music, but the lyrics to those songs sometimes interfere with my train of thought while I read or write something. Lastly, if any of these do not work, I usually chug down a big glass of water. I do not know why, but 9/10 times it always helps me stay focus and on alert while I do my assignments/study. I hope these help!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Molly_Peterson_2A » Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:18 pm

I have been putting my phone in a different room so that it's not easily accessible for me and turning off the notifications on my laptop. I also really like listening to instrumental music in the background while studying. It really motivates me for some reason.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby 105405231 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:21 pm

Personally I am still adjusting to online school, but like a previous post stated muting my notifications on my laptop has helped me focus more. Also, I put my earphones in while listening to lectures instead of playing them out loud to help me feel like I am actually in class.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Nick P 3D » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:31 pm

Personally, my biggest obstacle regarding focus with all online school in general is the lack of structure compared to in person classes and lectures. I had a lot of trouble with this at first especially with the asynchronous lectures such as in this class. I have since solved this by giving myself certain times of day to do each thing I need to do and I don't let myself do other non-school stuff unless I have finished my school stuff. This has also made me less stressed in general since I have a schedule to stick to.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Zainab Jamali 3I » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:47 pm

I have been struggling with the same thing so this thread is really helpful! Thank you :)

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Sukhkiran_Kaur_3F » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:36 pm

I like to create a set schedule and follow it closely. Surprisingly, what keeps me most focused is taking breaks more often!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby jia207 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:07 pm

One thing I do that may sound strange is I take a time laps of myself while I am studying. That way I can't go on my phone and I have something cool to watch when I am done studying and it motivates me to go longer.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Jade_Tai_2L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:09 pm

I’m so bad with distractions, so I started turning off all my notifications/turning my phone on DND. Also, studying for an hour then taking a ten minute break also helps really well instead of completely cramming.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Lily Anne Garcia 1H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:14 pm

i set aside my phone and anything that would potentially distract me. Then i let myself work for a certain amount of time and give myself a little break afterwards. that way it is more manageable.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Brandon Pham 1K » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:21 pm

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby jasmineculilap_2J » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:22 pm

Don't forget to take breaks, so you don't get tired. Also, try not to be in a distracting environment (I avoid the living room bc the TV is on). I tend to study at night since that is when I feel the most focused personally. Taking notes and having a set goal for what I want to have studied also helps. Depending on what helps, play music or stay in a quiet area.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Kiana Javier 3L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:38 pm

Hi!
I definitely understand. It's seriously so hard for me to stay focused, but I think what helps me most is keeping a very detailed bullet journal, which I use as my planner. I have a calendar where I list important dates and a day to day spread that allows me to block out certain hours of my day for certain tasks and to write a checklist of the things I need to get done. At the very least, this keeps me on track and focused on my deadlines, but I know it's still hard with everything happening. Best of luck, remember to take care of yourself!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby vanessanguyen3l » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:53 pm

I definitely feel this way too. It's really easy for me to fall behind on lectures because they're asynchronous. I found that the best thing for is to PLAN a lot ahead with ample time to get everything done. That way, if I fall behind one day because I am not motivated, I know that I still have time to catch up. Knowing that I haven't waited until the last minute also helps me so much with stress.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Mackenzie Van Valkenburgh 3G » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:01 pm

One of the few focusing tips that I have is to drink lots of water as you're studying. A lot of times when we are feeling sleepy or cloudy-headed, it is because we are dehydrated, so drinking water can help you wake up/stay alert! Plus, getting up to go to the bathroom after you drink a ton of water is a built-in study break.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Callan Howard » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:14 pm

If you have an iPhone there is a do not disturb function that silences all your notifications/incoming calls/texts and whatnot. It can be really helpful for creating a distraction free environment while studying, even if you still use your phone to do the studying.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Karen Elrayes 1L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:18 pm

I honestly feel like it's best to write down everything you need to do for the week for all your classes and things you need to do outside of school. Writing them down makes you feel less overwhelmed and more motivated to finished one thing at a time. It helps focus your mind

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Mariah Disc 1D » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:19 pm

I feel as though my phone tends to be my biggest distraction so putting that away would be beneficial.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby vuongnaomi1L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:21 pm

I honestly struggle with this so much so I don't even know if I'm qualified to answer, but my best tips would be to listen to instrumental music (dont listen to music with voices and lyrics, very distracting), have snacks and water on hand, take breaks, and be in a not too cold or not too hot environment.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Ariana Flores 3F » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:26 pm

Aw this is such a nice thread!

Honestly, I'm a tutor so I have spent a lot of time looking in how to learn. There are so many resources on Youtube and many blogs you can find with a Google search. MedSchoolInsiders on YouTube has great study tips. I'm not a pre-med but I was considering it and I always try to look at medical school study tips bc it is generally the most rigorous undergraduate path in terms of gpa and extra-curricular average admission statistics for medial school compared to law school or business school or no post-graduate school obviously.

Biggest thing, getting started is always the hardest part and in reality, there are many times where you "don't feel like it" but there are two types of people in the world, the one's who wait to do what they need to until they feel like it versus the people who do what they don't feel like in order to feel better and build towards something greater at the end of the day.

Audiobooks also are life changing. Michelle and Barrack Obama's books, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fu*** by Mark Manson, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho are all amazing reads and with audio books, you can choose the speed you listen to each book at when your driving, cleaning, doing laundry, etc. Always making learning fun helps I think and having role models from all different walks of life.

Best wishes

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Algernon Jackson 2l » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:30 pm

I lock my phone up while doing chemisty, it helps me remain focused.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Ryan Agcaoili 2E » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:46 pm

In order to stay focused, I like to take things one step at a time so that I do not get overwhelmed with classes. It is also important to do your favorite hobbies so that you can destress.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Karen Elrayes 1L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:48 pm

Try to plan one day where you don't do anything school-related so you feel refreshed and ready to work throughout the week

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Izamary Marquez 2L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:48 pm

It really helps to study/work in a space where I will not get distracted. Going outside and away from distractions at home truly helps! Also, there are several study playlists on Spotify :) I find instrumental music really helps me stay focused!

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby AdilaAhmed2L » Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:52 pm

Before COVID, I would usually go to a coffee shop or something similar to study but with COVID, I've had to adjust that. I usually do my work at night because no one's awake so it's quiet and no one comes into my room. I will study for a certain amount of time or do a certain amount of homework and then take a break and watch like an episode of a show or something on youtube so I'm not overwhelming myself. If you know you are going to fall down a YouTube hole, maybe don't do this but having some sort of reward system is nice for me. I always listen to music unless I'm watching the lectures.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby RaniyaFeroz_2H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:04 pm

I put my phone completely out of sight, and sometimes out of my room so I won't have the tendency to look at it. Sometimes, I listen to music on my laptop which helps me stay focused.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Mina Tadros 1C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:09 pm

I usually make a plan for the day that I follow. For example, I have to study for chem from time X to time Y, and only after I completed this schedule, will I take a break. I also like to put my phone away, so I don't get distracted if I get a call or a text.

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Victoria_Sauceda_1B » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:21 pm

I’ve been using Quizlet to help me study. Also watching videos and reading the textbook aloud has really helped me grasp the more complicated topics

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Re: Tips for Staying Focused

Postby Day Preciado 1H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:22 pm

I put time in my schedule for being lazy. I make sure to take as many distractions away from my study space.


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