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Any tips for concentrating on homework?

Asked by 15barcam (721 points ) December 31st, 2011

I am a complete and absolute failure at getting things done. I get side tracked, wether it’s just the T. V. or pretending to be hungry so I can take a study “break”. I used to have the modivation to at least start my homework, but lately, I won’t even write the first sentence or do the first math problem. I try to begin but then I see how much there is to do and I freak out and start to get stressed and just do something else instead, (for example, I decided to go on fluther rather than doing my Science homework). Does anyone have any tips on how to concentrate?

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ben's avatar

I find two things usually help me: working in a clean environment (organized, clean desk) and also playing classical music (like Glenn Gould).

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have two tips: 1) it is always easier to start than do the homework – we try to avoid the thing but when we’re doing the thing, our brain gets into it and it’s all good….2) don’t take breaks every 15 minutes…take breaks every hour and a half.

Charles's avatar

I was in the same boat you are. There really isn’t any simple solution. Kind of like dieting and food control. You can take some helpful steps but there isn’t a magic bullet.

Pick the right time of the day. If you’re burned out at the end of the day, then study in the morning.

They other thing is, it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t get an A. (My philosophy was just pass; A “B” or an “A” was inefficient – I could have been goofing off more on Fluther for example.)

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Michael_Huntington's avatar

I don’t normally study with music, but if you have to/want to, listen to something that is mellow, instrumental (lyrics can be distracting) and unfamiliar. I always keep a glass of water on my desk whenever I study. I don’t go online unless it’s essential (e.g. going to a database for an article, powerpoints are online). Try studying outside your house, like a library.

Sunny2's avatar

Control your time with a timer. Set it for ten minutes. See if you can stick to task for that amount of time. If you’re still working when the beeper goes off, add 5 minutes. When you find out how long you can keep on task, set the timer for that amount of time. Then give yourself a five minute break; and start again. I found music distracting because I have ADD. In college, I went to a quiet carrel at the library because I was distracted by talking.

Bellatrix's avatar

Remove distractions. I actually use a program to block distracting sites. On occasions, I have gone to a colleagues office to work because I know there are too many distractions in my normal workspace. Go to the library. Turn off your phone. Turn off the TV.

marinelife's avatar

Tell yourself that you will work on homework for 20 minutes, and then take a break. Then after you succeed with that period, set up another period with a clock limit and a reward at the end of it. Keep doing that until your homework is done.

Aethelflaed's avatar

I usually have some kind of snack next to me, something that doesn’t get my hands dirty, maybe like M&Ms or popcorn au naturale or blueberries or something. That way, I don’t really get hungry.
I sometimes turn off the wireless on my computer, or disconnect the router, so that I can’t surf the internet.
It also helps to not think about how much there is to do, but just say “I’m going to type up one sentence”. And then do another sentence. And then another, and bam!, you’ve got yourself a paragraph. And then, repeat, several more times.

Leanne1986's avatar

I removed my answer because I misread the question!

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AnonymousWoman's avatar

Go to a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. Make sure there is no TV in the background to distract you. Stay away from websites like Fluther. Eating food while you’re working isn’t a bad idea. It might even help you have more energy. Eating healthy snacks and drinking something like orange juice might help you keep your spirits up.

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