1. Keep your Achilles’ heel somewhere out of the way.

The farther you are away from distractions, the less likely you are to indulge in them. For me, it has to be the internet. Because of this I make sure my computer is either asleep or completely turned off. One of the benefits of having a laptop is that it fits in the keyboard bay under my desk. This keeps my baby out of site, and out of mind.

Alternatively, if you love reading romance novels go to the nonfiction section of the library. If you can help but turn on the television while studying in your room, go to a lounge. If you have a knack for humping strangers in public, don’t go outside.

2. Supplement your reading with short bursts of exercise.

Doing 5 push ups has done worlds of good for my focus. I don’t know if its the little bit of endorphins that are secreted by my body or just getting up and around that works the magic. It also has helped to do some intense stretching. Doing this has relieved a lot of tension built up after sitting in the same spot for an hour or two. Here’s a guide to what stretches and the areas of the body they help.

3. No matter how small, reward the work you’re doing.

Reward reading a chapter. Reward reading a section. Reward reading a paragraph. The key is to not give a unjust reward. Don’t spend an hour on Facebook because you became strained after reading the introduction to the introductory chapter of a text. If you need to stop after a short period give yourself a snack, or a stretch. Pushing yourself could lead to burn out in the long run. If you do burn out, don’t hesitate to check out this article.

4. Keep at it, it will get easier over time.

When you’re a first semester freshman, reading a chapter from introduction to concluding comments seems like a near impossibility. Work with yourself and pretty soon you’ll find that you are reading twenty or so pages at a time with out having to stop for a break.

5. The SQR3 Method

This method is really easy to adopt and is recommended by many teachers who say it’s helped students get better grades. The acronym stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. After trying it for the first time myself this summer session, I found that I was reading for longer periods of time. The survey and question sections were a warm up for the bulk and the reading and the recite and review portions were like the cool down of my mental work out. Get the full explanation and other tips here.

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