Helping students focus


Simran Sandhu, Staff Reporter

Have you ever tried studying but gotten distracted? Maybe you got a notification on your phone and what was supposed to be a five minute break turned into a 30 minute one before you realize you’ve gotten off task? Maybe you’re in class but get distracted by your own daydreams?

It’s very easy for students, especially high schoolers, to procrastinate or get distracted while studying. Senior Jessica Parungao says, “My worst studying habit and biggest distraction is probably my phone, but something I always do while studying is listen to music. It helps me focus. I also drink coffee which gives me an energy boost. ” When asked where her favorite place to study was and why, she replied, “ Starbucks; I love the atmosphere there and I always get a lot of work done.”

Everyone has their own preference on where they like to study. Some people like studying from the comfort of their own home, but others might find it distracting. Most people prefer places like the library or local coffee shop. Finding the perfect place to study is only half of the job; the other half is actually starting your assignment or beginning to study. Most students unintentionally wait until the last minute to get things done, resulting in them turning in work that could have been better.

Here are some tips to help students stop procrastinating:

  • Organize yourself and know what you have to study for or know what assignments you have to complete.
  • Create a schedule for yourself in advance so you can do your work each day before a deadline instead of all at once.
  • Make sure to get rid of any distractions that may avert your attention away from the task at hand.
  • Make sure to give yourself a break. It’s a proven fact that the best and most effective way to study is by taking a 10 minute break every 30 minutes.

It’s important for students to break their bad habits now before going off to college or in the real world.