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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.