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Often you will get homework that is tedious and frankly plain boring. You don't want to do it. Nobody really does. However, often, you have to do boring drills to achieve mastery. Think of all the athletes who practice routine after routine, many of them just boring, to improve their skills. You have to do the same. Fortunately, there is some help for you. Try these six hacks if you are having difficulty maintaining focus to do your boring homework.
1) Move Around
Walking around while studying can help you get energized and maintain your focus. You can walk around and talk aloud, or even walk with a book in your hand. Try to find out what works for you. Walking around listening to music for 5 minutes might help you deal with your fidgets.
2) Speak Out Loud
If you don't want to walk around, just talk! This will support your auditory learning style and help improve your learning. Speaking out aloud also slows things down which helps you retain more material. Paraphrasing out loud what you have read is an excellent way of learning and retaining important information.
3) Change Position
If you are at home, you can easily change positions while doing homework. Instead of sitting on your desk, do it on your bed, or on the sofa. Heck, you may even climb a tree and do it there! At school, it is difficult, but you could request a change in your seating arrangement or bring a new notepad or bag with you—just to change something.
4) Work in short Bursts
Work in short bursts. Working intensively for short periods of time will be more productive for them. One successful method is the Pomodoro technique. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it. Spend 25 minutes on a task uninterrupted. Then take a 5-10 minute break. Continue doing two or three more Pomodoros and then take a longer break. Your brain will thank you.
5) Shift Subjects
“Shifting” is not multitasking. When your attention drifts, change the subject. This will help with boredom and will renew your interest in learning. Also, it gives you a mental break from one subject and helps you integrate the material better by giving you a break from the subject.
6) Find out the Bother
If you still can't stay focused, something must be bothering you. Are you tired? Sad? Ecstatic? Bored? Whatever it is, write it down. Just writing what is bothering you will help calm you down and help you focus. If you still can't focus, go do something else and come back later.