8. Try Meditation Before Studying
Meditation might seem a bit far out, but it's a great way to clear your mind and get in the zone before a study session.
I was never big on meditation myself until I tried it.
I'm not a monk who meditates 24/7, but five minutes after my morning shower clears my mind, gets me focused, and ready to start the day.
It's especially helpful before studying in the morning - after you first wake up, your mind is foggy and crowded. It's easy to succumb to a flurry of distracting thoughts when you're trying to focus.
One minute you're studying, and the next, you're daydreaming about getting your next tub of EarlyBird.
Here's an easy way to meditate:
Sit down - either on the floor, in your bed, or even a chair - and get comfortable.
You don't have to sit cross-legged as most people do in pictures.
Getting comfy is the most important thing because you'll be in that position for a while.
From there, set a timer for five minutes and close your eyes.
Breathe in and out, focusing on your breathing.
I like to think "inhale… exhale… inhale… exhale…" over and over again.
Focusing on nothing but your breath is the idea, but thoughts will pop into your mind repeatedly. You won't notice them at first, but when you do, let the thought pass and return to your breathing.
You'll probably find it hard to stay focused at first, but that's okay.
Meditation is all about being present and letting your thoughts come and go freely.
If a solo meditation is too hard for you, there are a ton of awesome (and free) guided meditation apps like Headspace that'll walk you through the process.
There are many other benefits to meditation that you can read about here, but I've found it sets me up for a productive study session.
Without a cluttered mind full of jumbled thoughts, focusing on your work is more natural.