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Convince me to stop wasting time and study please

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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So it is the week before finals, I am camping in the library (literally. There is a competition at school and my friends and I are going all out with a cardboard campfire nad everything) so I can be right where I need to study. Problem is, I can't stop getting distracted by the interwebs. It wouldn't be a problem if I didn't need the internet do do some of my homework (stupid blackboard) and I am borderline failing my classes and really need to do well on finals. How can I motivate myself in a healthy way (i.e. no food rewards)? Any input is appreciated.
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xToriBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
le Internet. big distraction. you aint le only one.

I get distracted all the time. What I do is I have this extension on Chrome called "StayFocused". It allows you to enter in the sites you want to be allowed and the sites you don't want to be allowed. Then theres a time limit for the not allowed sites and yeah. See for yourself.

If you don't use Chrome, then the best I can say is to just have some self-discipline. Yep that's all I have to say :)
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Ceibita Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Study with a more serious friend. Agree to let them slap you with a ruler if you drift off into space. Also, give yourself time for breaks. Say, watch a youtube video after every so many pages of reading or after so many math problems. Time yourself so you don't spend too much time online.

Don't spend all day one topic. Do a little of one subject and then switch to a different class.
I can study mechanics for 3 hours without a break, but my mind drifts if I read physics for more than 15 minutes. So I mix them up. :)

Tell yourself, today I will do x, y, and z. If I get done, I'm not touching anything else! Tomorrow, I'll look at a, b, and c. Set short term goals if your attention span is low. :P

I study for finals in my quiet room, alone, with video game music, but some people get restless without enough noise around them. So make sure you're studying in an environment that's good for you. Find out what keeps you motivated.
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SolarLunix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
When you find the answer, let me know, because I need to finish some papers and stuff for the end of my classes lol
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:icondannihutch:
DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontwillyane: suggested coldturkey, and that is working really well for me, but if you have anything bookmarked it can go around the system.
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SolarLunix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
coldturkey?
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah its a program which blocks the sites for a period of time and you can't access them.
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SolarLunix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Fun times... though I'd be too tempted to turn the program off. =.=
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the thing. You can't and if you try it cuts off the sites for like a week.
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SolarLunix Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
whaaaaat?! That's crazy!
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. But it works. Except for DA, because the url changes every page, so it blocks the homepage, but you can see everything else.
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Hulabell Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Maybe make a bet with a friend or family member that they'll take you out to lunch or a concert if you get all A's, or something to that effect. Or have them change your passwords to various websites that you visit (i.e. dA) and not change them back until winter break.
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Twillyane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Put the webpages you usually go to on a coldturkey ([link]) for as long time as you think you need (:
That way you won't be able to go on deviantart, tumblr, youtube or whatever you've blocked for a set amount of time.
A few people in my class use this for the same reason as you're talking about. c:
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iKiska Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Motivate yourself, you lazy fuck. :pat:
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:icondannihutch:
DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I found a method that seems to be working so fingers crossed :)
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Avenvia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
I can vaguely see your logic in making this thread, but honestly it's just going to be another reason for you to look at websites that aren't related to your work.

Motivate yourself to study. Nobody here will be able to do it for you. Force yourself not to look at things that aren't related. Aren't you paying for your degree? The waste of money should really be enough to convince you.

If it's not, maybe further education isn't the best option for you and you should look at going straight into work. No point shelling out a load of money for a shit degree that won't get you very far; better just to start making money now.
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a point. I just know I am better than a straight into the workforce job (not in a 'I think I'm better than you' way, but in a 'I want to do my best' way) and I don't think I could forgive myself if I gave up.
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Avenvia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
Use that to motivate yourself then. If you come out of this course with a shitty grade, you will:

1. Have wasted time on education that could have been spent starting up the career ladder.

2. Have wasted money on education when you could have been earning it.

3. Have a degree that won't make you stand out from the crowd in the slightest so you'll probably end up having to get a 'straight into the workforce' job anyway.

I'm speaking as a fellow unmotivated person here. The only person who suffers from our laziness is ourselves. Just suck it up and get working and then you have the rest of your life to muck about on the internet.
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:icondannihutch:
DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I am using this method and it is working. Just the thought of being able to say that I did it seems to get me off the internet (I am waiting for a class to start now and that's why I am on here, but I will be off soon). I appreciate your advice.
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Avenvia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Writer
I did my own exam today so hopefully following my own advice worked.

In the end, the only person that can really motivate you is yourself =) be harsh, be your own worse critic, and you can ease off as much as you like once your exams are over.
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FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You want to be a teacher and you can't even study? :rofl: No wonder the education system in our country is considered poor.
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just easily distracted XD. I know all the material so the word 'study' is more 'complete required 10 page study guide professor handed out'
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Cailst Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
That doesn't sound so bad. You should be able to do that in an hour or so. So far, I have a 15 page paper on means of communicating the threat of Drosophila suzukii to those in Central Michigan due tomorrow. And do a presentation on it which takes place in 7 minutes or less. And another presentation on it later on that day about the problem more generally.
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I have 2 history papers that are late. They are supposed to be about the Cuban Revolution, its just I hate that time period and the parameters for the research are ridiculous so I kept falling asleep while researching. But I just found out I'm not failing a course I thought I was so I feel a whole lot better about the situation :)And good luck on your paper, sounds like an interesting topic.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Then you're a lazy fucker, why the HELL would we have sympathy from someone who can't prioritize? I hope you don't become a teacher.
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse my inner teacher, but I think you meant 'sympathy for someone who can't prioritize', not 'sympathy from someone who can't prioritize'.

Also, a better choice would be 'should', not 'would'.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Right, patronising too. Definitely should NOT be a teacher.

You have fun with that.
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh, your art is great, that makes it harder for me to hate you. You know, maybe telling people that they shouldn't do what they are doing is a bad thing, especially since this is supposed to be an advice thread, which is what I was looking for.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are asking for advice to why you are lazy, you are aspiring to be a teacher, learn to be mature, learn to appreciate your education.
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:iconfirstxaidxkit:
FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Just remember to not get pissed at your students when they're too lazy to do your homework. :bucktooth:
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:icondannihutch:
DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, I'm usually better, I just had a bad semester.
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Mew-Sumomo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
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Mew-Sumomo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoops, broken link forever. :c
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CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do I care if you end up with a shitty job for the rest of your life?
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290Pika Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm going to assume you're at a university.

What is your incentive of going to college? What is your ideal career path? How important is it that go attend school and pass your classes to your career path? Is someone else paying for your schooling, or are you? Will you have to retake these same classes again next semester if you don't pass?

Disable your Wi-Fi while you study or something.
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DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to teach middle school LA and SS. And the classes I am failing are not essential, but can count towards my major if I talk to the dean. Said classes have assignments that have to be completed online, which is what is giving me issues :/ but your advice does help. When I start to get distracted I will remind myself of my goal instead of the obstacle.
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:iconself-epidemic:
Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fail life. Who gives a fuck, I don't.
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Your failing your classes should be motivation enough I would think, to get serious about studying.
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:icondannihutch:
DanniHutch Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You would think, but all I end up thinking is "Oh I am gonna fail anyway, why try" :C
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OrangeKrissy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Well self defeatism never got anyone anywhere. You can be anything you want to in life, you just need faith in yourself and some hard work unless you are a savant. Any successful millionaire never said to himself that he would fail so why try. Think about that.
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