1. Set aside 3 minutes to work on a reading assignment for your class.
2. As you read, any time you are distracted, make a checkmark on a piece of scrap paper and think to yourself, “I will not be distracted by that again.” At the end of the 3 minutes, look at how many times you were distracted while you were reading by counting the number of checkmarks on your paper.
3. When you can read for 3 minutes without being distracted, try testing yourself for 5 minutes.
4. At the end of the reading assignment, make note of the greatest length of time you were able to read without being distracted.
5. Write a short paragraph about the experience and what steps you might take to help you focus better as you read.
Academic reading can require more focus and energy than reading you may do in your free time. To help you focus during your next reading or homework session, be sure to prepare your workspace.
Select a space with good lighting and ventilation.
Select an appropriate space with minimal external distractions.
Be well-rested so that you don’t fall asleep.
Be sure to process, or temporarily put aside, any internal distractions (e.g., worries or concerns about other aspects of your life or other classes, etc.).
Warn others, physically and/or digitally, that you are studying, and ask them to not distract you.
1. Take or draw a picture of your prepared workspace. Use any computer drawing program (e.g., Paintshop, MS Paint, Google Draw, etc.) to draw your workspace, or use a pencil and paper to draw it. Then take a picture of the drawign with a camera.