The New York Times recently talked to Winifred Gallagher, author of Rapt—A Guide to the Science of Attention. Here are a few of her suggestions…
- Use earplugs to decrease distractors (this will sound familiar to my GRE students)
- If possible, do your important work in the morning. Most brains are fresher then.
- Avoid interruptions. The brain can’t reboot instantly.
- Sip caffeine. It does help you attend.
- “Multi-tasking is a myth.” Concentrate on one thing at a time (turn off the TV, the iPod, the cell phone, etc. whilst studying).