1. Set aside a place only for study.
- Room to spread out; good light; out of traffic
- Music? Instrumental and mood are OK; vocal music and talk are not.
- Stand up; face away - look at anything but books to break the association.
3. Strengthen your ability to concentrate by selecting a social symbol related to study.
- What you wear affects how you feel and think.
- Wear one particular item of clothing when studying so others will know when you're studying; take it off when you're not studying.
4. Set aside habitual time to begin studying; this will make it a lot easier to start without daydreaming or talking with someone.
5. Don't start unfinished business just before time to start studying.
6. Set small, short-range sub-goals.
- The closer people get to their goal, the faster they move (and the faster you read, the better your concentration.)
- Divide assignments into sub-sections and set a time limit for finishing each one; for instance, plan to complete 10 problems in 30 minutes.
7. Keep a record of goal setting. Write down what you plan to do and note what you've accomplished.
8. Keep a reminder pad by you as you study.
- Jot down what comes to mind.
- You'll have peace of mind that you won't forget it.
9. Relax completely before studying. Sit quietly for a moment or two to collect your thoughts before you start.