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Eliminate Distractions

One of the hardest aspects of online learning is that the devices you rely on for all your course work (your computer, smart phone, or tablet) is also the source of limitless distraction. If you need help, check out apps like Cold Turkey(free version available) and Freedom (trial version available) which can help eliminate distractions by blocking apps and websites when you’re working. 

Other tips we recommend to limit the impact of distractions:

  1. Establish a routine (you can schedule this in an online or print calendar)
  2. Set up a dedicated space that creates a physical boundary between work and relaxation.
  3. Build in social time and breaks to your schedule.
  4. Make time to exercise or workout, even if it’s just to go for a 10 minute walk.


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