Counseling Center

 

Holloway Hall

Study Distraction Analysis

Concentration is the number one problem for many students.  Frequently, the problem is one of finding a place to study where there are no external distractions.  External distractions are those that originate outside the body.  Telephone calls, visitors, and noises are examples.  Concentration may be difficult when there are too many such distractions present.

List three places where you usually study, in the order you most use them.

A.________________ B.___________________ C. ___________________

Check the column that best applies to each place (T=True and F=False).

 

Place A

Place B

Place C

1. Other people often interrupt me when I study here.

T     F

T     F

T     F

2. Much of what I can see here reminds me of things that don’t have anything to do with studying.

T     F

T     F

T     F

3. I can often hear the phone ringing when I study here.

T     F

T     F

T     F

4. I can often hear the radio or TV when I study here.

T     F

T     F

T     F

5. I think I take too many breaks when I study here.

T     F

T     F

T     F

6. I seem to be especially bothered by distractions here.

T     F

T     F

T     F

7. I usually don’t study here at a regular time each week.

T     F

T     F

T     F

8. My breaks tend to be too long when I study here.

T     F

T     F

T     F

9. I intend to start conversations with people when I study here

T     F

T     F

T     F

10. I spend time on the phone here that I should be using for study.

T     F

T     F

T     F

11. There are many things here that don’t have anything to do with study or schoolwork.

T     F

T     F

T     F

12. The temperature here is not good for studying.

T     F

T     F

T     F

13. Chair, table, and lighting arrangements here are not helpful for studying.

T     F

T     F

T     F

14. When I study here I am often distracted by people watching.

T     F

T     F

T     F

Now, total the checks in each column. The column with the most "true" checks is probably the poorest place for you to study. Use the back of this sheet to design improvements in your study area.

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