Improving Concentration



  •  Find a place to work which has a good feel to it. It should be a place that has enough light, heat and space around for books and papers. It should be a place you like to be.
  • Have all the materials you need assembled around you from the start.  Don?t give yourself an excuse to postpone starting.
  • Devise questions to which you seek answers.
  • Be active in what you do, speak aloud, tape-record, talk to someone, write notes.
  • Pick topics to study which you already understand, find most easy to tackle and are of most interest or use to you, as well as those which are particularly useful or urgent.

  • Set yourself realistic small targets, this will give you more chance to succeed in reaching your goal.  Success will both increase your self-confidence and your work rate.
  • Vary both topics you study, and the methods you use.
  • Study for short periods of time, at least initially. 15, 20, 25 and 30 minutes can be very effectively used on routine study Short breaks can be used constructively, either for relaxation or recalling what you have been doing.
  • Rest and relax, be positive about your breaks from study.  Give yourself one day off a week at least, and other free time when you are obliged to feel guilty.  A drink or a favourite television programme can be used as a reward for the completion of a specific revision unit.  Physical exercise, e.g. a walk, a run, a swim, yoga exercises or team games can help revitalize you, much studying is relatively passive.
  • Check your sleep, lack of concentration is often due to failing to look after a basic need for sleep.
  • Improving concentration is frequently either a matter of using more effective study approaches or resolving a personal concern which is interfering with your study.  In the latter case, talking to someone may help e.g. a friend, relative, lecturer, doctor or counsellor.

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