Hello to my ADHD peeps and ADHD loved ones,
Number three: Ditch the technology
If you are studying, make sure that any distracting technology such as cell phones or tv are not in close proximity (as much as possible). It is very easy to get distracted and check your phone because you thought it was vibrating or you saw a notification pop up, and next thing you know its been three hours and you’re watching funny cat videos. Eliminate this urge by removing the temptation. Put your cell phone in your backpack or if you are at home put it into another room. By all means use your cell phone while you are taking breaks, but study time is study time.
Number four: Take frequent breaks
We like to think more is better, but that is not always the case, especially when it comes to studying. Your brain can only handle so much information at a time, it needs short breaks while you are studying for that next big exam. Set a timer for thirty minutes and if you were able to successfully study during those thirty minutes stand up and stretch it out. Take a five-minute breather. If you are hungry, eat a healthy snack. If you are tired continue stretching and move those feet to ensure you wake yourself back up before you jump into another thirty-minute study session. Make sure you are timing your breaks. It is easy to get carried away with a five-minute break and that five minutes turns into thirty minutes. Giving your brain periodic breaks will help it to organize the content you’re studying better and get it filed away before you begin again, allowing you to actually have better retention and learning than if you go at it for eight hours straight.
Number five: Noise cancelling headphones
This is a big one that has personally helped me out a lot. I can’t tell you how many times I hear a noise and I have to go investigate. Right now I am writing this blog post without noise cancelling and I can hear my wife’s cat purring and cars driving by. That may not seem like a huge distraction, but anything pulling you out of focus is going to make studying more difficult. Get some nice headphones that allow you to escape the outside world. Some people have mixed results with sound coming from the headphones. Personally, I like to play music on a very low setting just to eliminate complete silence.