The New York Times recently talked to Winifred Gallagher, author of RaptA 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).


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