Biggest Studying Distractions for Students and How to Avoid Them

By Uloop Guest Writer on September 18, 2015

The new school year has started and it’s time to crack open the books.

Like us, you may have promised to yourself that this year was going to be different. We told ourselves that we were going to study more and party less and will definitely not be surprised when that midterm comes around in a month.

Of course, sometimes that’s easier said than done. Half the battle is figuring out what the biggest distractions are when it comes to keeping you from studying and nipping any of those problems in the proverbial bud.

These are a few of the biggest culprits when it comes to keeping students from staying on task.

Studying in the Same Place

This one is as simple as it can be insidious and applies not just to studying, but other life habits, too! When environments become too familiar, your surroundings can be just as big a distraction as anything else around you.

In the same way some sources recommend using your bed only for sleep, it can be just as important to have a space that you use only for studying or getting work done. This article on how to escape studying distractions recommends spicing up your study settings and finding a new place to get your important thinking done.

By changing things up, your brain will associate its environment with being productive as opposed to being distracted by cleaning the house or taking a nap.

Video Games

Video games themselves are an essential part of any college student’s experience. However, this is also one of those cases where you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Video games are a great way to take a short break and can be excellent ways to relieve stress when you’re becoming overwhelmed in the middle of a marathon study session.

But it’s also important not to get too absorbed and spend all night gaming when you could be writing your paper. If you need a quick break, we recommend a classic game that you can pick up and play for a few rounds and get back to the books in less than half an hour.

This gaming platform has a ton of classic games that are easy to jump in for a quick half-hour break without falling victim to the dreaded “one more game” syndrome. Breaks are just as important as studying itself, but the key is finding the right balance to stay happy, focused and productive.

School Clubs and Student Groups

Now don’t get us wrong here. Clubs, groups and sports are lots of fun and can also be great ways to meet people in your community and stay active. However, it’s important not to fall victim to the “Rushmore” effect of allowing your after-school projects to interfere with your classes.

Don’t be a Max Fischer and miss your big test because you’re busy with the beekeepers club. Pick your top few clubs and really devote yourself to those activities first before overloading your schedule. If you’re having trouble fitting in your intramural water polo team and your organic chem lab, this might be a sign you’re having trouble with our next suggestion.

Poor Time Management

We know, you’ve heard this one a million times, but that doesn’t make it any less true. The truth is, there’s plenty of time to do pretty much everything you want, provided you sit down, plan a schedule and manage your time wisely.

Good time management was one of the top study habits for college students listed in this article. Developing smart time management skills now will help you even more when you get out of school and into the real world. Get yourself a scheduling app or even invest in a paper daily planner to set a schedule and stick to it. Your future self will thank you.

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