Someone pointed out the whole internet access issue which is 'spot on' in my case. Although, it's a problem when the reference work has to be done via internet, which inevitably leads to silly time-wastage. To avoid this, I'd once stuck post-it notes on my laptop screen wherein i'd personally written down msgs(beforehand) about studying and not sitting on the net, sort of a reminder to myself when nobody else is going to do that for you. Everyone's given fantastic suggestions so I only have one thing: If you're actually "studying" i.e. textbook stuff, you need to prepare the content map. What I mean is that I usually write down topics and subtopics so I can just tick off what I've managed to complete. If you're studying beforehand and consistently, create realistic goals -2 topics/5 pages today , rest tomorrow etc. If I don't do this, the whole chapter seems "insurmountable" and so breaking it down into achievable pieces seems less stressful. Frankly, it all depends on you. Some people actually prefer writing down pages of answers because it helps them, whereas others like to just read around/memorize while pacing. You've to find out your niche and go along with that. You can also check out these sites: My link My link All the best!