Studying anything at home on your own is never easy for the obvious reason — there is no one around to watch over. No one except you, and let’s face it, most of us just can’t serve as a rigorous warden to thine own self. Studying online from home is a lot about motivation, which for some people is not easy, and for some just plain impossible. Especially when it comes to learning how to code in Java. But actually, if you dive into the topic of studying online at home a bit deeper, you will see this model has so many perks and advantages that traditional education doesn’t. Pricing, flexibility, full control over the studying process — these are all huge benefits of online education. So what stops a lot of people from reaping these benefits? The absence of self-discipline. Which is a totally solvable problem, by the way. If you think about it and do some pretty basic research, you will find so many ways to deal with this issue, helping you to learn Java (or something else) from home very effectively and relatively effortlessly (some effort is still required, can’t learn anything without it). So thinking on how to make the process of learning Java online at home as effective as possible and easy at the same time is exactly what we at CodeGhym did, and here’s a number of tips that we would like to share with you.
Self-discipline and improving your ability to focus. The ProblemHaving a hard time forcing yourself to focus on studying, work or other important activity, and wasting hours and hours every week on meaningless Internet browsing, social media, games and other time-killers instead? Well, you’re not alone, all of us do, in one way or another. In today’s world, the ability to focus on a task till it is completed turns from a daily skill to a real superpower, as fewer and fewer people actually have it these days. Researchers from Canada conducted a curious study in 2013, aiming to measure how well and how long an average person is actually able to stay focused on one thing. The outcome of this study ended up to be a bit shocking. Turns out, over the last couple of decades human attention span (the average time a person is able to focus on a single task without any interruptions) has decreased drastically — from 12 to 8 seconds. In fact, these days an average person on Earth has a lower attention span than a goldfish, which is able to stay focused on something for 9 seconds on average. What a nerd, right? Does this sound a bit depressing? And more importantly, who’s to blame? You don’t need to look far for the answer. It’s us, our obsession with new technologies and easy pleasures they are able to provide. Social media posts, games, news, YouTube videos, dating apps, etc. They all fight for our attention on a daily basis. And, slowly but steadily, they are winning this battle, taking more and more of our time away from work, studying, and other important and truly beneficial activities.
How to increase your attention span?Thank God, it is in our power to fix that, and improve the ability to focus on learning with a few simple methods and exercises.
- Remove or limit useless and addictive activities in your daily life.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of health.
- Don’t push yourself too much.
- Turn learning into a habit.
Tools and services to help you focus and study more effectivelyAnother core benefit of studying online from home is the fact that you have all the power of modern-day Internet technologies on your side. Since you’re not the only one having difficulties forcing yourself to do useful things instead of killing time and staying focused on useless stuff, most of us do, there are plenty of tools and Internet services available out there to make this task just a bit easier for you.
- Distraction blockers.
- Pomodoro technique tools.
- Habit tracking apps and tools.
- Study apps.