Checkin’ Out the Library

Any suggestions for places to study, tips to work faster, or advice on staying focused on homework? The library doesn't work.
ADHD College Blog | posted by Rebeka Covell
The ADDitude college blogger writes about surviving college and succeeding in school with ADHD

Well, I tried to do homework at the library; turns out I hate the library and homework.

Right after work today I gathered my books and papers, which were scattered around my room, and went to the library. I found the silent reading room, thinking that would be the perfect place to focus on my homework. Looking back, I have no idea why I thought the silent reading room would help me; I hate silence! It’s so un-distracting that it ends up being distracting.

If my brain can’t find an external distraction, it just distracts itself with random thoughts and daydreams.

Ideas bounce around in my head like someone just dropped a million super bounce balls, and maybe only one is about my homework. Now, how am I supposed to find that one tiny bouncy ball in the sea of colorful thoughts threatening to trip me and knock me flat on my back?

Needless to say, as much as I hate it, the library is just about the only place I can think of that I could actually ever potentially get anything done. Coffee shops are out, because the smell of food is too tempting to resist. And, as I mentioned before, home is not an option, because I’d rather clean my room than get started on homework.

Any suggestions for places to study? Tips to work faster, or stay focused on the assignment?

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