Tactics to Get You Focused Like a Mother
1. Play classical music
Generally, it’s the lyrics that distract you and keep you unfocused, so playing music that has no lyrics can be beneficial. You want something melodious and lyrical; I wouldn’t recommend playing something too prominent or dominant in the lower registers – for example, the 1812 Overture would not be a good idea. Neither would dubstep, for the same reason (too many cannons going off on the drop, lolz).
2. Music not working?
A lot of times you can find an audio narration of the book you’re studying. Look for a “Resources” section at the beginning of the book. Sometimes you’ll find audio copies of textbooks that have already been recorded by others on the web. You want to turn the narration on, and listen to the audio as you read the book. This can be very good at keeping you on track.
For added juice, combine these methods with the (10+2) *5 method
You study for 10 minutes straight, and then no matter what you get up and you move around for two minutes. Dancing is good, hopping is good, anything to get you moving and connected to your body. Do that five times and you’ve got a solid hour of studying. You’ll get more done in a solid hour this way than in four hours of unfocused time.
Rotate Your MCAT Study Schedule
Personally, I’m a very big fan of rotating your study techniques. I think the reason why some study techniques work is because they are novel, and that novelty creates enough encouragement to keep you on task. When that novelty wears off, learning diminishes. So, you’ve got to rotate and rearrange your study methods, not because you have to keep trying to find “the one,” but because your brain continually seeks novelty. So feed it.
You can study while jogging (+1 for the ol’ nano) one day, you can write flashcards the next (very good for the kinesthetic learners), you can read out loud, and then you can teach someone else what you’re learning, while you’re learning it. The point here is to mix it up and create so much engagement for your brain that you simply don’t have any more brainpower to devote to a distraction.
A Must-Do Next Step
I dare you to try this: Teach three other students a topic while singing the information at the same time that you’re dancing … Gang Nam style.
After you’ve finished the horsey dance, check out the Open Source MCAT Course. It has over 350 hours of free online MCAT prep content that I’ve gathered and organized for you. It’s an excellent free alternative to paid MCAT courses and I highly suggest you give it a look.
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