You sit down at your laptop with every intention of prepping for your biology exam tomorrow. Hold on. OMG. You get a text from your BFF and you just have to respond because you forgot to update your Facebook status. Better change that ASAP! AND there’s the Grey’s Anatomy episode on Hulu that you still need to watch, so you can Skype with your friend from back home about it. So…wait, where were we? Oh, right. Bio exam.
Let’s face it—while the online world can be an amazing source of information and entertainment, it can also be a titanic time-suck with no end in sight. Time that could be spent studying from “Gray’s Anatomy” gets squandered on the fun, but irrelevant, medical drama of the same name. But how do you get yourself to focus on membranes instead of Meredith? Fortunately, there are apps out there that can help you do just that by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. The options are numerous; just do an online search using key phrases such as “internet time limit” or “internet time restrictions” or visit the itunes Store or Android Marketplace.
Here are some suggested products to try, based on student recommendations:
- RescueTime and Time Doctor: Apps designed to help you track your time to see where you are wasting it.
- Anti-Social, Self-Control, and Freedom: Apps which either block all of the known online time wasters (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or block all online activity for a set period of time.
- StayFocused: A free app on Google Chrome, which restricts the amount of time you can spend on time wasting activities.
For more study strategies, take a workshop at The Study: (www.loyola.edu/department/thestudy/studyskills/workshops)