4 Ways Students Can Avoid Distraction While Studying on a Mobile Device

3771909922_b3654a6a0f_mWe all love being mobile. Especially anyone involved in online education. The fact that we can finish assignments and tune in to lectures from anywhere with an internet connection is pretty incredible, and it marks a turning point in the way students will pursue education in the future. But, the one drawback to having a mobile device is the fact that it can pose a huge amount of distraction when you truly need to buckle down and get some work done. There are plenty of ways, though, that students can hold on to their mobiles while staying focused. It just takes a little extra effort and some helpful tips.
1. Take Browsing Breaks
Because browsing the net can be one of the easiest ways to distract yourself from getting work done, try to limit the amount of time you spend browsing to allotted periods. Most students do everything on their personal computers and mobile devices, so it’s hard to avoid getting online and wrapped up in browsing. Instead of the constant multitasking, try banning yourself from surfing the net for 40 minutes. After you have worked diligently for 40 minutes, allow yourself a 20 minute break to browse through your favorite sites. Then, go straight back to work again and repeat the process.
2. Turn off Notifications
Many students have notifications sent to them for social media updates, sales, new events, you name it. While these are awesome on a day-to-day basis, they can be ever so distracting when it comes time to study for a test. Try having notifications sent to a separate email, or simply turning them off or blocking them during finals week or other periods when you really need to focus.
3. Use a Timing Device
The great thing about being mobile and having anything we need at our finger tips is the fact that, as distracting as that access may be, we also have access to tools that can help structure our study habits. Before study time rolls around, try out a stopwatch application or some other sort of timing device. Use it to stop yourself from becoming distracted online. Every time you stop studying to check your email or respond to a tweet, turn on your cyber stopwatch. Give yourself one minute to do what you need to do, and then get back to your studies.
4. Turn off Social Media While Working
Social media is probably the worst culprit when it comes to distraction online. Sure, it only takes ten seconds to read someone’s Facebook post on your wall, but then it takes another minute or so to think of a response. And it doesn’t end there. You will most likely find yourself constantly going back to the page to see if your friend has responded or whether the comment has been liked by any of your other friends. Avoid this vicious cycle and simply unplug from social media while you study, at least for increments of 40 minutes or so.

This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes for online universities blog. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com.

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