Making Learning From Home Even Easier
Without the cool glare of your professor to keep you from texting throughout class rather than take notes, and without the giggles of your classmates to jolt you out of yet another lecture hall slumber, sitting down and studying hard can be near impossible. This is especially true if you are the type who is easily distracted. Yet, many people with an attention span just like yours choose to learn from home every day. Whether it is because of a lack of time, an overabundance of responsibility, or nearly any other plethora of reasons that would prevent one from commuting to campus several times a week, many people are making the switch from classroom-based education to online-based education. However, while this switch may be more convenient, it can also hold setbacks, the biggest of which is the distraction factor.
To combat distractions in the home, set up a "classroom" in which to do all of your learning. The ideal room for your classroom is a place that is relatively secluded, quiet, and not heavily trafficked. A bedroom is usually a good place – that is, unless you find yourself too tempted to take a nap on the bed to really study. Set up your computer on a desk, and keep that desk neat and clear of knick knacks and other things that could draw your attention away from completing your assignments. You should also minimize distractions such as televisions, cell phones, and radios. If you find yourself reaching for the remote control too often, place the remote outside of your classroom so that you will be tempted to check what’s on the tube every time you become slightly bored. You should also keep your cell phone on silent as your study.
Inform your friends and family of your study practices. If possible, keep as regular a study schedule as possible so that they know to not contact you during those times, and more importantly, to not schedule important events around those times. If you keep a regular schedule, you will also become more accustomed to studying, making each session more productive than if you were to study sporadically. Earning your college degree from home requires hard work, but as long as you make sure that you commit to your studies and do not let the many things around the house distract you, you will be able to earn your degree in no time.