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for people who study/have studied from home:

how did you motivate yourself?

how did you avoid distractions?

everyone else:

what was the last book you read?     
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[User Picture]From: heure_actuelle
2012-07-16 01:01 am (UTC)

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last book i read was Franny and Zooey, now i'm almost finished with Columbine. i have a few ideas what my next book will be but i'm indecisive. i was thinking Mother Tongue, Flapper, Picture of Dorian Gray, or Murder on the Orient Express.
[User Picture]From: kmeghan
2012-07-16 01:02 am (UTC)

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I just do it. I don't really have to study though, so it's not like it takes me hours. I turn on music and turn off the phone.

I'm reading Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter right now.
[User Picture]From: oration
2012-07-16 01:04 am (UTC)

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I have an awful time studying from home.. I always went to the library. If I absolutely had to, though, I'd sit my ass down at the dining room table with my books, notes, a pencil, and paper. If I could do without my computer, I'd put it away.

I just finished Destiny of the Republic, and now I'm reading A Study in Scarlet.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-07-16 01:08 am (UTC)

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The last book I finished was Stephen King's Skeleton Crew. Now I'm reading It.
[User Picture]From: evawhimsy
2012-07-16 01:18 am (UTC)

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lol it sucks, i'm studying for the bar exam right now and i just cannot focus at home. but when i do, i use a couple of tricks. i put on a song, only one song, on repeat. it has to be one that won't drive you insane after a ton of plays. i work in 45 minute increments and take 15 minute breaks. no more, no less. and i make sure i'm not on a bed because then i will go straight to sleep.

good luck with whatever you're studying for!
[User Picture]From: ilysespieces
2012-07-16 01:22 am (UTC)

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harry potter and the goblet of fire. i'm working my way through the harry potter series again and i'm currently a little over halfway through the order of the phoenix.
once i finish the series it might be time to start the 'song of ice and fire' series that everyone i know is raving about.
[User Picture]From: so_plush
2012-07-16 01:23 am (UTC)

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Emma by Jane Austen.
[User Picture]From: futurenurselady
2012-07-16 01:43 am (UTC)

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I've taken four online-only classes and got an A grade in all 4. The main thing to do is stick to a schedule and don't procrastinate.

Get headphones, and also set a timer so you study for 45 minutes at a go.

Set a second timer for 15 minutes so you can have your break end when it's supposed to.

Give yourself lunch/dinner breaks of 45 mins.

When you are done with one topic's worth of reading/watching a taped lecture, stop and summarize so you can be sure you picked up the relevant info.

If the syllabus has a schedule of dates to finish a certain set of material by, stick to it or get things finished slightly earlier.
[User Picture]From: yamamanama
2012-07-16 02:33 am (UTC)

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Last book I finished was the Burning World by J.G. Ballard.
[User Picture]From: dreamabella
2012-07-16 02:41 am (UTC)

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After taking my first online course this past Jan.-Apr., I've discovered that I can't do courses from home. It was only one course, and it was supposed to be just for practice (copyediting), but even then I could barely get any time to myself to do it. I was distracted, and I ended up getting a really poor grade as a result. I shouldn't have to leave the house to get work done. That defeats the whole purpose of taking an online course, IMO.

I'm currently reading Dracula, but on Tuesday the new Chris Colfer book (The Land of Stories) comes out, so I'll be reading that this week. I most likely won't be done Dracula by then, but I'll be at least 3/4 of the way through.
[User Picture]From: pickleboot
2012-07-16 05:20 am (UTC)

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i am reading bonnie from the eve trilogy by iris johansen, before that it was bonnie, or vice versa. whatever the second and last books are. about 2500 pages of straight storyline. not normal for me. but so good and concluding the bonnie/joe/eve/jane weirdness. i love those books. i've read 78 books so far this year. yay kindle!
[User Picture]From: unbridledglee
2012-07-16 05:49 am (UTC)

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I motivate myself by doing things like gather resources/research and spreading my things out on a table or my bed.

I avoid distractions by doing my work in a library or a public place.

Last book I read was The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, but I'm currently reading The Alchemist. and I will also hopefully read The Land of Stories this week
[User Picture]From: noodledays
2012-07-16 03:16 pm (UTC)

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what did you think of TMWMHWFAH?
[User Picture]From: unbridledglee
2012-07-16 07:01 pm (UTC)

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I thought it was pretty interesting. I was already learning about aphasia and other stuff in one of my psych classes and I wanted to learn more, so it was very good book to do that with. The stories were very intriguing in my opinion.
[User Picture]From: siren_songs
2012-07-16 12:48 pm (UTC)

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Online classes were an epic failure for me because I am easily distracted and lack motivation.

I just finished Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver.
[User Picture]From: mondengel
2012-07-17 07:41 pm (UTC)

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I just did it; I knew it was worth it and I would struggle otherwise. I put on music and allowed myself to check my emails every so often as a small distraction.

The last book I read was The Shining, and I'm currently reading Villette by Charlotte Brontë.