New (faculty) 12 months, new me. I’m undecided about you, however a brand new faculty 12 months means extra stationery, lengthy strains on the bookstore and unhealthily romanticizing the learning aesthetic.

Final Fall, I got down to attempt two “study hacks” to attempt to scale back the quantity I exploit my telephone whereas learning.

1. Recording a Time-Lapse Whereas Finding out


  • Couldn’t use my telephone.
  • Ended up with a cool video.


  • Couldn’t use my telephone.
  • Will be awkward and onerous to arrange.
  • Took a bit an excessive amount of cupboard space – the recordsdata are so massive that I couldn’t airdrop one so as to add one to this publish.

2. Forest/Flora App

In my weblog publish “5 Apps That Each Pupil Wants”, I discussed these apps, which form of reveals how a lot I beloved this methodology for decreasing telephone utilization.

Final December, in bushes.


  • In Forest, there’s a mode that permits you to entry your telephone – partially counterproductive nevertheless it nonetheless helps you to entry photographs you may have to study.
  • Vegetation – that I don’t should preserve alive after planting.


  • Promotes the concept of not utilizing your telephone throughout breaks – not a con for everyone, nevertheless it undoubtedly prevents you from watching TikToks or reels throughout a 5 minute break.
  • Forest: is a paid app.
  • Flora: requires a social media sign-in to make use of it.


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