Five revision distractions and how to overcome them

Revision distractions are everywhere. If the WhatsApp group isn't pulling you in, that uncompleted Netflix episode is. We all know how to get pulled away from our revision, but how do we pull ourselves back, or better still not get pulled away at all? We're here to help!

Five revision distractions and how to overcome them

1. The Phone

Having a buzzing phone isn't the best idea when trying to revise as it's an easy source of distraction.

So what are your options?

  • Turn it off
  • Stick it on airplane mode and hide it out of sight
  • Purposely give it to your parents.

2. The games console

Who needs a B in Geography when you can be the next Jose Mourinhio? The gaming world is a cruel mistress when it comes to revision. So the trick? Try not to turn it on. If you have half a day of revision planned, do it in the morning. Then you have the afternoon to game all you want. If you’re revising all day, prolong the period that it takes for you to simply switch the console on. 

3. The TV

Love Is Blind, done. You, done. Stranger Things, done. What’s next? Well revision. We’ve all been at the bottom of a boxset hole. The question is how do we climb out? Or even better, stop falling in?

Try these top tips:

  • Binge day – Pick a down period in your revision, then simply binge out on telly. Watch as much as you can for as long as you can. After getting through the whole third season of Breaking Bad in one sitting, you’ll need a week’s holiday and a month away from Walter White before you’ll even feel the urge to go back.
  • Disable auto play to stop the next episode starting before you can say ‘mindmap’.

4. The time waster

For some people, giving up their phone, console and Netflix for an extended period of time is no problem. But, boy can they waste time re-ordering their pencil case, sellotaping themselves to their chair, or deciding that today is a great time to do the bedroom deep clean.

If this is you, it’s probably your study area that has become as stale as the topics themselves. Try mixing up where you revise. Go to the library, a coffee shop, the park - areas where your mind is less likely to wander to let you focus on your work.

5. The family

Parents, siblings, cousins and pets are among the noisiest and most annoying distractions you’ll come across. Whether they are cleaning, arguing or banging on your door, revising at home can be a nightmare. Unlike your phone or Xbox, sadly they don’t have an off switch. 

Start by speaking to them. They may not realise what goes into revision and how hard it can be. Ask your siblings not to chat to you at certain times. Slot in breaks where you can go have a chat and catch up with them. It’s sometimes easier said than done, but communication at the outset is key to making this work and eliminating the family distractions.

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