In this article (and video above), I discuss 10 actions you can take to decrease distractions while studying for the FE Exam.
Let’s start with a scenario many of us know too well. You sit down to study, but within minutes, digital distractions pull you away. Your phone starts beeping or buzzing, and before you know it, precious study time is lost. So, how do we avoid this? Let’s delve into some effective strategies.
1. Eliminate Digital Distractions
It’s essential to switch your phone into airplane mode and turn off ALL notifications. Using website blockers or productivity apps can also block distractions on your computer. Remember, a disconnected smartphone means a connected mind.
2. Set Realistic Study Goals and Break Down Tasks
This is another vital step. Use a timer to limit your study sessions and focus intensely for shorter periods. This method helps in reducing the urge to procrastinate and keeps distractions at bay.
3. Employing Effective Study Techniques
Techniques like practice problems, flashcards, and teaching concepts to others not only aid in better retention but also keep your study sessions engaging and dynamic. Also, if you are doing practice problems or a practice exam, do them in a timed atmosphere similar to the one you will experience on exam day. You must recreate exam-like conditions as often as possible.
4. Seek Support From Peers or Study Groups
This action can be incredibly beneficial. Discussing concepts, sharing resources, and holding each other accountable makes the study process more collaborative and less isolating.
5. Incorporate Short Breaks and Physical Activity Into Your Study Time
Short breaks rejuvenate your mind and enhance memory retention. Incorporate activities like walking, stretching, or even a quick social media check during these breaks.
6. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle During Your Exam Preparation Months
Of course, this one is important to do throughout life, but eating brain-boosting foods and staying hydrated can significantly improve your focus and cognitive abilities during studying.
7. Find an Ideal Study Spot That Suits Your Learning Style
Whether it’s a quiet corner or a lively café, the right environment can make a significant difference.
8. Wear Noise-Canceling Headphones
For those who find external noises distracting, this can be a game-changer.
9. Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
Taking this step can greatly enhance your concentration and overall well-being. Techniques like mindful breathing, body scan meditation, or yoga can help center your focus and reduce stress. I like the Waking Up App by Sam Harriss for guided meditations but there are also many free apps out there.
10. Reward Yourself for Achievements
Celebrating small milestones keeps you motivated and acknowledges the hard work you’ve put in.
To wrap up, these strategies are not just about reducing distractions; they’re about optimizing your study sessions to achieve the best possible results in your FE Exam. Implement these tips, and you’ll find yourself studying more efficiently and effectively.
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I’ll see you next week.
Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success