Please answer honestly each of the following questions about your current attitudes and study habits. Your answers should reflect what you do, not what you wish you would do. After you read each statement, check YES if you do this always or most of the time. Write NO if you do this seldom or never.
- I often daydream during lectures or tune out when a speaker is boring.
- I am easily distracted by background noise (e.g., voices, noise).
- I am easily distracted by visual stimulation (e.g., movement, colors).
- I am easily distracted by internal thoughts or feelings.
- My study area is often cluttered or disorganized.
- It is difficult to listen even when spoken to directly.
- I have trouble sleeping through the night.
- Because my mind wanders, I find it difficult to concentrate for more than 15 minutes.
- I am not able to keep my mind focused on studying.
- It is difficult for me to sit still for 50 minutes.
- I often procrastinate on projects and papers.
- I turn on the radio, television, or stereo when I study.
- I have trouble getting back to work after Iíve been interrupted.
- I find that even though I schedule time, I don't actually accomplish very much.
- When I finish reading a textbook, I often have to re-read what Iíve read and/or I often donít really remember what I've read.
- I often speak or act without thinking.
- I have difficulty paying close attention to details which often results in careless errors.
- On the average, I drink more than 2 caffeinated coffees or teas (6-8 oz. each) or more than 2 caffeinated colas (12 oz. each) each day.
- When I drink caffeine, I do NOT feel "jittery" or "hyper."
- I can drink caffeine right before bedtime and still go to sleep.
SCORING: Give yourself 1 point for each YES answer. Possible total = 20 points.
- A low score (approximately 0-6) means you have good attentional skills and are probably already using many good concentration strategies.
- A middle-range score (approximately 7-13) means you may already be using some good concentration strategies but you will likely benefit from learning more about how to improve your concentration abilities.
- A high score (approximately 14-20) means it is very likely you need help improving your concentration skills.
NOTE: If your total score is 7 points or higher AND you answered YES at least once to item 18, 19, or 20, this could mean you might benefit from seeking additional testing for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.