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I'm a graduate student in computer science, but I have only read 3 academic papers so far this year. The Internet is too fun for me, and I actually have learned a lot from it. The problem is that it's difficult for me to grasp the hard concepts in front of the monitor, since this environment offers me tons of distractions when I want to escape from the plethora of mathematical symbols.

The thing I want to know is: How to cultivate a reading habit, while the Internet is so seductive?

Note: I'm often too lazy to go to the libraries.

{ asked by chenaren }


You should print hard-copies of the papers. When reading, you need to be able to make your own comments with a pen, mark important areas and so on. And go somewhere where there will be no distractions from the Internet.

{ answered by Gruber }