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Can't focus

Question Posted Wednesday June 13 2012, 6:02 pm


I am about to be a sophomore in college. My whole life I have made fairly good grades up until high school. I started a bad habit of procrastinating and getting things done only at the last minute. My grades suffered a little, but ultimately I finished high school with good enough grades to get into a pretty big university. Anyway, this past year (as a freshman) my grades suffered a great deal. I couldn't focus in class, I couldn't motivate myself to do any of the work, even the night before it was due. And it's not like I party much. I hardly every went out. But when it would come down to doing my work, I TRIED to get focused and I couldn't. The week of finals, I had to write a huge paper, and sat in front of my computer for literally 6 hours and wrote a total of one paragraph. It's not that I find the work boring, and deep down I love learning.

Since my grades dropped so low, I was put on academic probation. And I know that all I need to do is focus. I just don't know how to get motivated. I know the consequences, I just can't make myself have the will to complete things. What I am wondering is.. how do I make myself focus?

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ohmylanta answered Saturday June 16 2012, 10:14 pm:
Okay typically high school students that excelled have trouble in college. Why? FREEDOM. I'm in college now and I totally understand the concept of getting excited to venture out of your everyday high school life. It's good to know that you must focus, but let me just tell you, knowing that is not enough. What needs to happen is that you need to find a way to MAKE yourself focus. That may be in study groups, a reward system, or simply logging off facebook/twitter and focusing only on the paper you need to write - whatever. Do you have a job? Sometimes having too much freetime is the problem. When you have a job, are involved with extracurricular or whatever and you have limited time to get stuff done or you start loosing sleep, then you become very focused!!
Good Luck :D

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sivarocky answered Saturday June 16 2012, 12:53 pm:
i think you bored up with your and understand the concepts and find its application. relate what you have studied with your previous knowledge.think about you and your future and goals .this may make urself to read .remove the real and imagined barriers for studying .realise knowledge is power.force yourself to read .wish you all the best

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adviceman49 answered Thursday June 14 2012, 12:31 pm:
First off stop worrying, your not the first teenager to have this problem and you won't be the last.

If you are not already at home for the summer then when you get home schedule a visit to your family doctor. You need to be screened for adult AD/HD. Attention Defficet, Hyper-Activity Disorder. Form what I know about this disorder you are about the right age for it to settle in.

Unlike childhood AD/HD it manifest very much as you have written. Before doctors put their finges on this parents would say you are just lazy. This is wrong and the problem is easily treatable if ou are diagnosed properly for it. Your doctor may want another doctor to examine you and make the diaganoses. If so, follow your doctors orders and see the other doctors. Some doctors are better trained in this disorder than others. Should your doctor refer you to another doctor for examination and treatment he/she is doing so in your best interest.

Since this medication may need to build up in your system see your doctor soon. So by the time you return to school in the fall you are receiving the full benefit of the medication and are back to your old self.

If you are still at school go to the campus medical center.

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