Distractions ! They are literally everywhere waiting to trap us from our daily responsibilities. Then there is me- Instead of avoiding them I welcome them with open arms because I have no self control. This is mostly the reason why I procrastinate as I do and get anxiety. I feel useless at this point to where I lose all motivation to finish whatever I may have started in beginning of each day. If you are like me, fear not for I have the tips on how to improve this situation. If you’re not like me then continue to read as well because no one is perfect and it would be nice to share this with someone who may be struggling to stay focus.
I’ll share two out of the five steps I learned, if your interest is peaked while reading this feel free to click on the link down below.
Step 1- Use Applications, which are basically time management apps to help you focus and keep your schedule through out the day. It can be helpful if you want to track your time and also keep breaks and personal time for yourself. More like setting time aside for distractions later, and finishing your goals on time.
Step 2- Background Music , the you-tuber recommends a Spotify playlist called Deep Focus that plays calming sounds and music. However I recommend an app called “Calm” it has several mediation sounds, music and more to help with not only staying focus but anxiety, depression, or if you just want to relax or sleep. There is also several youtube videos that I watch to help me focus on my homework and it is really helpful. One of my favorites will be linked below as well, I encourage you to check out both videos below. Let me know if they have helped you! How to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused While StudyingStudy Music Alpha waves
Ever have trouble looking for journal articles that pertain to what you’re researching? Google scholar is a free and simple way to look for articles. It has easy access to thousands of scholarly literature, that can be found while using it like a regular search engine such as google, yahoo, or bing. You can even set up alerts to get access to the latest academic literatures such as developing medical stories, or any other current events happening. This feature is one of the tasks on the site where it gives you updated and recent information to a specific search term.
I came across a video discussing how to use Google Scholar more efficiently, for the best and quickest results. In the video he suggested when searching for your information try to use phrases or terms to bring up more accurate results. Using “AND” / “OR” between the searched terms to have a better variety of results for an upcoming essay or research. For example, you are searching for articles that pertain to global cites . A useful search using similar terminology would be “Global OR Metropolitan OR Cosmopolitan AND cities OR City” . This is just one useful tip on using google scholar to find journal articles. Watch the video below to learn more. How to use Google Scholar to find Journals articles | Essay Tips
When it comes to note taking for high-school and for college, I had moments where I struggled to retain everything from the lecture. During highschool my way of note-taking was to highlight every sentence in a text book and hopefully be able to understand the concepts explained by the teacher. That didn’t get me far in high school and I didn’t even attempt to try that in college. During the beginning of college, the fall semester of 2018 I tried to write down almost everything the professor spoke. My notes were very unorganized and I always walked out the class feeling confused. The notes I took were useless to the point where I struggled for an open note quiz. I was doing poorly on easy A quizzes and exams, the process of taking notes also affects your studying as well.
To explain what helped me and what potentially can help others I deceiced to show a note-taking strategy that was introduced in the video below. This method is called the cornell method. In this method you can take a piece of paper this can also work on a tablet and divide it into three parts. A left column going vertical down the side of the paper and a Lower column going horizontal towards the end of the page. After doing this there should be a nice space in the center of the page. For the left column you list questions, subheadings, topics, key ideas whatever you feel necessary. I like the 5w’s (who, what, when , where , why) and in the center of the page I write the notes from lecture answering those questions and at the lower end column I summarize what I learned during that class . This way I can actually retain the information taught in class that day and feel somewhat accomplished. This will also help when looking back into your notes to study, since this strategy is more organized than bullet points. The video also introduces another add on to improving the cornell method,learn more about it below. Improving Cornell Notes with Sketchnoting Techniques
Time management? It is the trait I lack the most. The process of planning and having a control over time to accomplish specific goals or assignments. Procrastination? it is the main competitor against my time management skills. It lures behind me like a shadow waiting to devour me whole. It is hard to overcome and makes me become overwhelmed while rising my anxiety levels at the same time. I’m sure every college student can recall a time where procrastination became a dire issue. Not knowing what to do our grades suffered just as much as our confidence in being a student declined.
Thanks to the weekly module, I have found a five step process to help alleviate one of the many problems us students go through. Step 1: Recognizing that you’re procrastinating. Acknowledging your issue will always be the first step to improvement. Step 2:Understanding the reason behind your procrastination. What is happening behind the scenes that is pushing you to procrastinate. Doubts ? Fear of failing ? poor organization? Come face to face with the issue, stop avoiding it ! Step 3: STRATGIES ! Instead of waiting to do assignment try completing it as soon as it pops up in your notifications. Learn to reward yourself! Don’t feel it’s expected of you to receive good grades all the time and don’t punish yourself if you do bad on one assignment. It’s not the end of the world. If you do well, treat yourself. If you receive a bad grade try a differnt approach next time. No one is perfect! Step 4 : Aim for the Peak! Try completing your homework/tasks during your most effective hours of the day. Whether that is during the morning or night time , find the most comfortable time (the peak) to finsih the difficult assignments/tasks. Step 5: Goals! Goals! Goals! Try setting time-bound goals as a motivation to complete the tasks, with an reward at the end if you accomplish them. Creating mini-deadlines will keep you focus awaiting the award you set for yourself. Make it interesting to keep your attention, like a game or competition. Don’t defeat yourself, defeat the problem! If you want more information on tackling procrastination watch the video linked.
The video on dealing with group members interested me the most. During my time in high school and college, having group members always lead to problems. First, are the group members who are lazy and never can meet up to work on the projects. Next, are the group members who creates arguments and deny all the ideas you come up with, but still will not attempt to do any work for the project. Then, there are the group members who just do not attempt to do work at all and expect to receive 100 percent on the projects. These “group members” make college much more stressful than necessary, but after watching the video I learned tips to dealing with them.
The tips that I’m willing to try out is first in the “communication area” with my group members. As soon as a project is assigned it will be best to designate a part for each member to work on. I feel starting out in the beginning instead of waiting until the last minute can improve any potential issues. The video also mentioned an app to help keep assignments and projects organized called Asana. From the overview given I am willing to try it out on the next project I have. Another strategy that seems useful is creating mini-deadlines throughout a couple of weeks to complete the project. This will help with procrastination and regulate the group the work on the project instead of waiting until the last minute or the night before to complete it.