How To Minimize Distractions While Studying

The most important part of studying is maintaining focus on the material. If you find a way to do work with minimal distractions, then you will get a lot more done. Here are my best tips for staying on task.


Isolate yourself

In order to really focus on studying, it’s best to be by yourself. If you really want to study with someone else, pick a friend who is very productive and usually tends to stay on task. Definitely don’t pick your most talkative friend.


Turn off your phone

I know it’s hard, but if you really want to refrain from checking Instagram, the best thing is to turn off your phone. If you leave it on, you’ll tell yourself you won’t check it. But you always will anyway.


Set rewards

Set rewards for yourself if you complete a task in a certain amount of time. That way, you will stay focused because you’ll be motivated to get the reward. For example, every time you complete a page of reading, eat a chip.


Pick a good study environment

Figure out which type of environment you like to study in, whether it’s a silent library or a busy café. If a certain study spot isn’t a good fit for you, then you won’t get any work done there. So personalize your studying to your preferences.


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  • Nadira Berman

    As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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