distracted studentSchool is difficult, simple as that. For someone with dyslexia, it can be even harder, especially at an online college. However, despite the added hurdle, it isn’t impossible to graduate. The Ultimate Guide for Conquering Distractions was originally designed for students who have motivation issues and trouble keeping focused, but most of the same lessons here can be applied to dyslexic students .If you happen to be a dyslexic student who has additional trouble motivating yourself, you can apply the lessons at the same time.

The first chapter deals with using the pleasure principle to your advantage. Pain and annoyance and getting frustrated with yourself doesn’t help you focus. Likewise, if you’re finding that your degree is something you don’t like? If you can’t focus on it enough online, you can’t focus enough on it in the real world. Don’t be afraid to let things go and don’t forget to research topics before choosing your career. You may end up somewhere other than where you planned and that’s alright.

The second chapter deals with keeping yourself motivated through goals. This could mean making a list, reminding yourself what you’re working for, setting targets in the interim and dividing your work up into smaller pieces, or figuring out ways to treat yourself in between goals. Yes, it will be easier to forget to do your assignments or do them at the very last minute. Yes, at times the urge to slack off will be too great. Just remember that one missed assignment isn’t the end of the world, and that looking back at past failures doesn’t help.

The third part talks about keeping in contact with friends, family, and colleagues. Remember to let your school and your teachers know about your issues, whether it’s prior job commitments you may have while studying online, or your dyslexia. Don’t be afraid to ask other students for help either, or friends if they’re in the same field. Likewise, don’t completely focus on your education or you’ll crack and fall apart. Be social, but not a slacker. Studious, but not a shut-in.

Next is creating a place and plan for studying. Outside distractions and interruptions can break your concentration and focus, and if you have trouble reading or comprehending certain aspects of a course, a loud room or coffee house can completely break your workflow. However, you might not find it possible to work in complete silence. Find whatever works for you, same with scheduling and planning.

The rest of the piece is generally lessons for refinement of these techniques. How to keep focus when it’s broken, how to best manage your time, how to prepare for finals and how to keep from getting too bored or overwrought from your studies. All of these are completely important and necessary. The need for concentration is even greater for a dyslexic student than it would be for the average college student, and the guide provides wonderful illustrations for how to keep aware and in control of your study time, especially with how easy it is to fall apart in online or distance education classes.

 

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School is difficult, simple as that. For someone with dyslexia, it can be even harder, especially at an online college. However, despite the added hurdle, it isn't impossible to graduate. The Ultimate Guide for Conquering Distractions was originally designed for students who have motivation issues and trouble keeping focused,...