Having your study routine down means having your essentials there to help keep you focused. To start off this series, we hear from Aaron, a student at Pitzer College (who also happens to be one of our co-founders!).
I would have said headphones originally, but the truth is that I don’t need headphones to listen to music. I just need Spotify. Spotify nails my playlists almost everytime and I appreciate it a lot because I am way too lazy to make my own.
Study music varies but some specific keywords could be: Ryo Fukui, Lo-Fi, Jazz, Classical, or anything with minimal lyrics.
I am not a study-in-silence type because if I try and study in silence I get scatterbrained and lose focus easily.
I like to have my water bottle near me when I’m studying. Almost like my safety blanket. Although it means a lot of bathroom breaks, staying hydrated keeps me running like a well oiled machine.
Pro Tip: just slap a sticker on that puppy and nobody will ever know the difference
I’m usually a coffee drinker, but too much coffee before studying will have me shaking like a chihuahua the whole time. I’ve gotten really into green tea since I got to college because it just seems like that type of caffeine is a little more subtle. This is my favorite green tea – it’s available at most stores and it’s affordable.
Blue Light Glasses
I’d estimate that I spend about 6-7 hours a day looking at a screen; whether its homework, zoom classes, or the occasional netflix binge. This is not a number that I’m proud of at all, but with all those hours staring at a screen my eyes begin to hurt and then I get a headache in my forehead. This is not a nice feeling and I started using blue light glasses freshman year on recommendation from a friend.
They’ve helped immensely and have reduced the strain on my eyes over sustained hours and days looking at screens. These are the pair I have always had, I don’t know if there’s better ones out there, but these have done the job. I found this article from Forbes with a number of different options ranging in price (my pair seem to be pretty middle of the road)
I use my phone timer when I’m studying to hold myself accountable. I try to do intervals of 30 minutes of focus with a 5 minute break. It’s not really that easy for me to study for 30 minutes straight, I can barely read a paragraph of text without losing focus. But the mind is muscle so I find that as I’ve practiced implementing this technique, the 30 minutes gets easier and easier.
Far from perfect, but a work in progress. Maybe I’ll have it down by the time I graduate – apparently you work for longer than 30 minutes at a time in the real world.
Note – I googled it and this technique is called ‘the pomodoro technique’; if you’re wondering why a focus method is named after an Italian tomato, here is a Wikipedia page about it.
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