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  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,829 Mod
    Mine sure as hell does. I study in my office, in front of my nice ultra-wide monitor, several computers, bookshelves, magazines, and usually with my phone and iPad in reach. Thank goodness I moved my PS4 out of there. It also doesn't help that I have ADD.
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  • bohackbohack Member Posts: 114
    Absolutely... I use to study in my travel trailer besides my house to minimize distractions. I was just too lazy to go to a coffee shop, you really need to pull yourself out of the environment of distractions. Like my wife, my son, the phone ringing, the TV in the distance. Now that my trailer is up at the campground, I lock my office door shut the phones off in there and put on music with my headphones. It's all about minimizing distractions.
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  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    I would rather study at work, i just cant @ home.. its so hard not to B distracted by things. I dont have many games for the PS4 so im not really playing it until BO3 comes out. Jojocal19 how do u stay focused on task?
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,829 Mod
    ed_003 wrote: »
    Jojocal19 how do u stay focused on task?

    Stay focused on task? Hahahaha. Between distractions and ADD, I don't quite know what staying focused on task is like. In all seriousness though, I find leaving the phone and iPad out of the room helps. Turning my monitor and/or computers off helps. That really just leaves me with the book in front of me. I do find trying to stick to the Pomodoro technique works wonders. Study intensely for 25 minutes. Take a 5 minute break. After four 25 minute sessions, take a longer break 30 minutes. I honestly never get past four sessions as two hours is usually the max time that I have to dedicate to study at any given time.
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  • beadsbeads Senior Member Member Posts: 1,520 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Noise cancelling headphones work wonders.

    Now about that ADD problem... squirrel!

    Where was I? BRB.

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  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    Stay focused on task? Hahahaha. Between distractions and ADD, I don't quite know what staying focused on task is like. In all seriousness though, I find leaving the phone and iPad out of the room helps. Turning my monitor and/or computers off helps. That really just leaves me with the book in front of me. I do find trying to stick to the Pomodoro technique works wonders. Study intensely for 25 minutes. Take a 5 minute break. After four 25 minute sessions, take a longer break 30 minutes. I honestly never get past four sessions as two hours is usually the max time that I have to dedicate to study at any given time.

    Then i have ADD to lol cuz i do the same exact thing.. i do 20-25 min of straight studying with a timer on on my phone or on the computer.. and take a break BS a bit then get back to it. i have to make it seem or feel like its a classroom setting or similar. at home its just not working. im going to start staying an hour at work after my time to make sure i get that time in everyday "i need this CERT"!
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Mod Posts: 2,829 Mod
    beads wrote: »
    Noise cancelling headphones work wonders.

    Now about that ADD problem... squirrel!

    Where was I? BRB.

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  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,298 ■■■■■■■■■□
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    I do find trying to stick to the Pomodoro technique works wonders. Study intensely for 25 minutes. Take a 5 minute break. After four 25 minute sessions, take a longer break 30 minutes. I honestly never get past four sessions as two hours is usually the max time that I have to dedicate to study at any given time.

    I'm with you on the Pomodoro technique! Just learned about this recently. It's just seems alot easier knowing you just have to focus for 25 minutes at a time and then you know you are getting a small break after.
  • Louie1277Louie1277 Member Posts: 505 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I have trouble at work and home. work because I have people always I.M for help or walking into the office. At work it's about family, and noise. I think that's why it takes me longer to learn stuff.
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  • pjd007pjd007 Member Posts: 277 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I do that sort of technique, I study or watch a vid for no more than 30-45mins then take a break.
  • natharasnatharas Member Posts: 20 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I cant study at work, if people see me there even after 5pm I still get asked questions, the joys of being the only IT in the office I'm at. At home, I have a little office, headphones are a must though I try to no bring the tablet or mobile with me for less distractions.
    How does one study though with music playing, I think I would find it to be a distraction.
  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    I dont find it to be distracting if the music is playing on the laptop speakers or on phone.. I cant do the headphones when studying because it to personal and direct for me so it distracts me icon_study.gif
  • Louie1277Louie1277 Member Posts: 505 ■■■□□□□□□□
    You know what i have tried the headphone stuff and I think you might have a point of being distracted. I will have to try a different way of playing the music. That might be the issue trying to really think but also listen to the music.
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  • F8uadF8uad Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
    ed_003 wrote: »
    I would rather study at work, i just cant @ home.. its so hard not to B distracted by things. I dont have many games for the PS4 so im not really playing it until BO3 comes out. Jojocal19 how do u stay focused on task?

    If you can Wake up early , when everybody else is dreaming (say like 5 am to 7 am) , im pretty sure you can get at least 4 x 25 min of studying at home (pomodoro)

    No way at work xD

    Unless your an System Administrator , Perhaps they have the time for that :D , waiting for a reply from an admin icon_study.gif
  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    F8uad wrote: »
    If you can Wake up early , when everybody else is dreaming (say like 5 am to 7 am) , im pretty sure you can get at least 4 x 25 min of studying at home (pomodoro)

    No way at work xD

    Unless your an System Administrator , Perhaps they have the time for that :D , waiting for a reply from an admin icon_study.gif

    i do have time at work to, its less distractions, but i also can at home i just have to have stronger will power and learn to block all the things that distract me.. also @ work i have a desk, chair, at home i only have a desk and I sit on a computer, as far as that im more comfortable @ work
  • twodogs62twodogs62 Member Posts: 393 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I have trouble studying at home.
    i may study after work or at restaurant.
    star bucks, pandera bread and any restaurant wher you have no waiter and you can get own drinks.
    library is too loud, so quit going there.
  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    twodogs62 wrote: »
    I have trouble studying at home.
    i may study after work or at restaurant.
    star bucks, pandera bread and any restaurant wher you have no waiter and you can get own drinks.
    library is too loud, so quit going there.

    I did a Barnes and nobles in Orlando, went in as soon they opened and it was quiet and i did a lot of studying.. i also did in my car with low music and it went good tho uncomfortable after a while
  • alan2308alan2308 CISSP, MCSA 2008, MCSA 2012, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security Ann Arbor, MIMember Posts: 1,854 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Not at all, but then again, the basement is my domain and nobody ever really comes down there except when there's weather to hide from. On one side I've got my desk, workbenches and racks when I'm in hands on mode, and on the other side a couple of couches and really nothing else. Great spot to read, can't hear anything except for the faint hum of the dehumidifier.
  • Louie1277Louie1277 Member Posts: 505 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Studying at work or home is very hard because of life and people needing help at work. At the moment i'm on vacation now recovering from surgery. this whole week i plan on studying as much as possible. The only thing is taking breaks and putting some study music from youtube or something in the back ground.
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  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    i actually enjoy it when i have music in the background
  • exodia3030exodia3030 Registered Users Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I must say getting in to work 2 hours early gives you time to really get through some things. I got through all my Skillport modules that way as well as going through the 90 Days to MCSA one note.

    What kinds of music do people listen too, does anyone find that one genre helps them to concentrate ?
  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    exodia3030 wrote: »
    I must say getting in to work 2 hours early gives you time to really get through some things. I got through all my Skillport modules that way as well as going through the 90 Days to MCSA one note.

    What kinds of music do people listen too, does anyone find that one genre helps them to concentrate ?

    What is Skillport? I like R&B not very loud
  • exodia3030exodia3030 Registered Users Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Skillport is similar to CBT nubbets, offering 1 hour + training videos. They also have books. I should point out I only have access because of work, I can only guess but its probably an expensive product.


  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    o ok cool. Is it working for u ?
  • koz24koz24 Member Posts: 766 ■■■■□□□□□□
    JoJoCal19 wrote: »
    Stay focused on task? Hahahaha. Between distractions and ADD, I don't quite know what staying focused on task is like. In all seriousness though, I find leaving the phone and iPad out of the room helps. Turning my monitor and/or computers off helps. That really just leaves me with the book in front of me. I do find trying to stick to the Pomodoro technique works wonders. Study intensely for 25 minutes. Take a 5 minute break. After four 25 minute sessions, take a longer break 30 minutes. I honestly never get past four sessions as two hours is usually the max time that I have to dedicate to study at any given time.

    Never heard of this technique. I usually take a 5min break after 55min of studying. Maybe I've been doing it wrong. Definitely going to try this.
  • exodia3030exodia3030 Registered Users Posts: 4 ■□□□□□□□□□
    ed_003 wrote: »
    o ok cool. Is it working for u ?
    For me not so much - I feel books and labs are the way to go.

    Personally I feel like its a lot more exam focused than CBT nuggets.
    The instructor for the MCSA modules is Jacob Moran (there was one video in the 90Days to MCSA one note linking to his personal channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLgTkrburbo )

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  • ed_003ed_003 Member Posts: 216
    I do something similar, I use the timer on my phone or PC
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