Studyshare: keep your focus
StudyShare is the way to help you focus on studying, time management and personal productivity.
You study in a shared space at OBA, the Amsterdam Central Library. Mobile phones are switched off or can be handed in. There is a supervisor at the front. The 3-hour studying blocks consist of 3 x 45 minutes and two scheduled 15-minute breaks, announced by a bell. A complete block is followed by a 45-minute lunch break.
You can take part in two blocks a day: from 10.15 a.m. – 1 p.m. and from 1.45 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
- strengthens your focus
- improves your work
- increases your productivity
- helps you manage your time more effectively
- gets you into an almost addictive study mood
Tips for studying more effectively:
- Apply time management. Do not postpone work to the very last moment.
- Use the Pomodoro - technique: study during 45-minute blocks, followed by scheduled 15-minute breaks, and stick to this. Decide in advance on the number of blocks per day.
- Turn your phone off, put it away or hand it in during your work session(s).
- Do not study at home. Study in a shared space with a team, for instance at OBA.
- Do not share a table with people you know: this may distract you.
- Decide in advance on your own rewards for sticking to your study resolutions.
Install one of the following apps on your mobile phone:
the outsourcing of discipline
StudyShare, based on the Pomodoro technique (G.Cirillo) and on Marli Huijer’s ideas on discipline, was initiated by Frank Verbeek, an OBA librarian. As Marli Huijer, our Philosopher Laureate, states: ‘We need discipline, but without a sense of duty or guilt. StudyShare is a serious initiative to help us modify discipline - we outsource it.’