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Tools To Help You Focus

Sometimes it’s just easier to use tools to help you focus. Here, Lily F. Karlin has written for TheCrimson.com (Harvard University life blog) explaining some of the great (free) tools out there that can help you as a student to focus, but these tips can be applied to anyone really.  I have excerpted two out of five tools which I found most interesting.

Tools To Help You Focus


How often do you wish you could just read faster? Spreeder is an easy-to-use website that allows readers to do just that. The website posits that humans can consume text faster than does the inner reading voice—that is, the voice that aligns with how fast one can read a passage out loud. To use the website, just upload a chunk of text into the provided box. The program will flash the words onto the screen at an increased speed, forcing you to consume them before they disappear from sight. Determine through trial and error the speed that works best for you, and then set your preferences. Increase the speed setting periodically to further sharpen your skills.

Focus Booster

Focus booster is an application based on the Pomodoro Technique, a method of studying that promotes timed intervals of focus interspersed with brief breaks for the brain.

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Why not try these tools to help you focus? Spreeder sounds like a great idea and totally original.  Another one I came across which I featured on this site was called GetFocused – an add-on for Google Chrome web browser.  You can apply time limits to websites where you don’t want to waste too much time.  If you try to extend the time limit greater than what is suggested, a jokey message will say something along the lines of “dude, are you absolutely sure?”