Increase Your Concentration
- January 15, 2017
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Study Tips
Do you drift off in class or stare into space when you’re trying to read your notes? If so, it sounds like you may need to improve your ability to concentrate.
There are several factors which greatly influence our ability to concentrate: our attention span, our study environment (see the previous section on setting up your study space), our feelings about the subject matter and external distractions.
If you have a short attention span it is worth taking this into account when drawing up your study timetable. Everyone is different and the important thing is to maximise your own learning potential. If you find you work best in 20 minute blocks, then take short breaks at 20 minute intervals. Try to avoid staring into space or turning on the TV. Instead, get up, stretch your legs, grab a juice or water and keep the break to about 5 minutes. Then, you may find switching topic or subject will refresh you and enable you to get straight back into it. You can take a longer break after a couple of hours of such a routine. For those who work best in this fashion it is especially important to practice exams under exam conditions as you will not have the luxury of these breaks in an actual exam. If you work well for longer periods your attention span is unlikely to cause you any problems.
Vary your study methods as boredom is the greatest impediment to effective concentration. Switch between reading, summarising, tackling problems and answering questions. This method should help retain your interest, even in your least favourite subject!
Ensure that you minimise external distractions and resist any temptation that will interfere with your scheduled study times. Your parents will be only too happy to take phone messages until you break or end your study period!!