Tune Out Distractions For A Focused Session
Scheduling Your Study Session
Take the time to schedule in your study session. Remember to look at your schedule and fit in your schoolwork where you will be least likely to be interrupted.
Tuning Out Your Greatest Distractions
Your phone, laptop or tablet can be a huge distraction to a successful study session. Turning your phone to airplane mode will halt all of those distracting notifications from coming in. You can check your phone at break time.
Laptops and computers are sometimes necessary for homework, but much of your time will be spent reading, writing or reviewing. Only have your laptop out when necessary and tuck it away the rest of the time.
Having a well-stocked study space (check out our blog on creating a study space here) with a calculator, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas and clock will ensure you are not tempted to pick up your phone.
create a bullet journal to organize, plan and memorialize your year.
Haven’t heard of a Bullet Journal® (BuJo for short)? It’s a fabulous journal that YOU create! It can replace your agenda, journal, to do lists and scrapbook. It’s a totally customizable place to be creative and stay organized.
Check out this link to see how Bullet Journal started - Bullet Journal®
BuJo is an efficient system because you only need the one book for everything. A Bullet Journal® can be anything you want and is totally flexible, unlike most agendas on the market. Anyone can create one. Some people use it in a very simple and minimalist way, while others embellish and use it as a creative outlet.
Keep your system simple so that you will use it.
Bullet Journal® doesn’t have to be perfect, it is just for you!
Don’t go crazy trying to do everything at once. Start with the basics and work your way to new collections and pages.
Give it time. I’ve be using my BuJo for over a year now and have changed my layouts numerous times. Don’t compare and don’t create a practice BuJo.
Supplies to get you started -
Journal or Notebook
Favourite BuJo Supplies Journal
Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Medium Dotted, Hardcover
-249 numbered pages
-Gusseted pocket at back of book
-Table of Contents and pages numbered
-2 page markers
-Ink proof book
-Amazing colour choices
Sharpie Pens (not markers)
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
Crayola Super Tips Markers
Should you use a BuJo?
If you answered Yes to any or all of these questions, Bullet Journal® might be right for you! Give it a try as your agenda.
Create a well stocked, organized space to work
A space you use just for studying will get you in the right mindset every time you are at your workspace. Avoid your bed as a study spot as this will confuse your sleep as well as your studying.
Workspace and Seating
You should be comfortable but not so comfortable that you fall asleep. Experiment with standing, sitting on a chair or a stability ball.. There are a number of desks available that can move up and down for flexible work stations There are also options to place on your desk that make your desk a standing desk. Laptop Stand When using a computer, the top of the computer should be at eye level.
Be sure to have all supplies at the desk. If you need to go find a ruler, you’ll waste precious study time. Stock up on the following:
-Looseleaf, plain and graph paper
-Post-It Notes and flags
-Markers and pencil crayons
Also consider having a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, calculator and clock on hand. This will alleviate the need to have technology with you, which can be a distraction.
Some people love it and some people loathe it! Whichever camp you belong to, here is a guide to making the most of your money.
1. Shop at home - Some supplies are still in good shape from a previous year. Check pens and markers and clean out old binders.
2. Buy quality - Skip the dollar stores for certain items. Cheap pencils break and will need replacing and flimsy binders might not make it to the winter break. If you buy quality you might get another year or two out of them.
3. Team up with another family (or two) - Do you know another family with kids the same age? Buy your supplies together. Often the list requires an obscure number of items, forcing you to purchase additional supplies. Buying with another family means buying in bulk and saving you money!
4. Shop the sales - Sale weekends will show up beginning in August (if school starts in September). Take advantage of these sales by planning your shopping list ahead. For all you teachers out there, Staples offer savings for teachers on numerous days. Michaels offer a teacher discount every day of the year!
5. Shop without your kids or have your kids chip in for the extras - Supply shopping with your kids can be exhausting. Your budget can get out of hand with holographic dividers and battery operated erasers (yes they exist 😡). If your child really wants the $4 smelly eraser rather than the white 2 pack for $2.50, let them pay the $1.50 difference. This is a great way to teach your kids about budgets. You can use this when back to school clothing shopping as well.
Hi, my name is Laura Verbeek. I make my home in Edmonton, with my husband, kids and dog.