Study Habit Tip: Work uninterrupted for 30 minutes, then take a break. Turn off all sensory devices. Why dangle temptation in front of you when trying to get work done? No Facebook; no texting; no TV. Time yourself using an egg timer (because you’ve purposely left your phone in the other room; don’t worry, nothing so important is going to happen in 30 minutes, and you don’t want FOMO to ruin your scholastic success). If you monitor yourself accordingly, parents will respect your work habits rather than threaten to take away privileges. And after you’ve worked for 30 minutes, give yourself a reward. You are in control of how you work. Remember, actions speak louder than words. Word.
What if you spent that 30 minutes just staring at sheets of paper attempting to piece the information together in your head so you can write notes but by the end of the allocated time you’ve written 3 lines? Would longer sessions help?
Hi there, if you find yourself “just staring” during your 30 minutes of work time, stop the timer. Rather than attempting to put piece information in your head, spend 30 minutes writing down ideas. Sometimes you have to write through “garbage” in order to get to the good stuff. If you remember that writing is a process, you will realize that everything leads to somewhere. You might have to force yourself, which is the purpose of this exercise — but the fact that you only have to force yourself for 30 minutes at a time might help get you through it. Take a break, and then re-group.
Thanks for the advice! I’ll try that. I guess something is is better than nothing.