Hi everybody, my name is Stevie West, and I am a new student ambassador for RIT. Welcome to my first blog! Today I’ll be talking about something I struggled with my first semester, and how many of you who may experience the same thing can prevent it.
Before I moved to RIT, I was a heavy gamer. I’m talking 12-hours-a-day, never-leaving-the-house heavy gamer. I thought that I could just stop playing once I got to school and focus on schoolwork. I quickly found out that I was wrong. I kept finding myself ignoring my studies and falling into the dreaded “Just one more game!” syndrome. During midterms, I decided to crack down and help break this bad habit. Here are some of the things I did:
Tip # 1: Start small
If you have as bad of a problem with gaming as I did, start small! Do homework for a half hour, game for a half hour. Slowly start increasing study time and lowering game time. Eventually you will be able to power through all your work without even glancing at your Steam!
Tip # 2: Set a bedtime
I know it sounds like a little kid thing, but trust me, this works. Set a decent hour that you will go to bed every night, and don’t break it. If you finish your work with a couple hours before the bedtime, go ahead and play until then. It will help you not fall asleep in class and fall even further behind in your work.
Tip # 3: Have a friend help
This may seem a little extreme, but it helped me pass my midterms with flying colors. Have a (trusted) friend hold your games or change your platform passwords so that you can’t access the game at all. Set a date and time that they will be given back. I found that removing the option to game helped me focus a lot harder on my homework and studying.
Tip # 4: Join a video game club
There are a lot of video game clubs on campus (EGS, Smash Club, League of RIT, etc) that allow you to play on their equipment for a couple hours once or twice a week. This is a good opportunity to budget your gaming time and use it productively to make friends and other connections. If you only game during club time, you’ll find it a lot easier to break the heavy gaming habit, and you’ll have something to look forward to every week. If you just want to watch some talented RIT students playing the games you love, check out twitch.tv/ritesports which has streams almost every day, showcasing a lot of different games.
Hopefully these tips help! Happy (responsible) gaming!