Develop better concentration while studying
Think of concentration improvement as a two-step process
1) Learn the causes of poor concentration and decide which apply to you.
2) Understand what you can do to control these factors.
3) Make control a habit.
|Environmental distractions: TV, chairs that are too comfortable, snacks, other people, etc.||Leave or rearrange a distracting environment. Go to a library or a classroom when you seriously intend to study.|
|Noise: music with words, conversations.||Train yourself to study away from others and in silence.|
|Physical distractions: hunger, drowsiness.||Plan to study when you’re most alert. Eat a high-protein snack. Do five minutes of light exercise to wake up.|
|Boredom, dislike, disinterest||Find a good reason for taking the class; talk with other students and the professor.|
|Anxiety about studies||Make sure you know how to study effectively. Put the course in perspective.|
|Intimidating study tasks||Break up large tasks into achievable subtasks. Do the most intimidating task first. Give yourself rewards for progress and punishments for avoidance.|
|Daydreaming||Separate daydreams from studying. When your mind starts to wander, write down the interrupting thought and continue studying. Or recall important points and then turn away from your book and continue to daydream. When you’re ready to read again, do so. The trick is not to daydream and read at the same time.|
|Personal worries||Identify and define the problem and develop a concrete, specific plan to resolve personal worries. Talk with someone who can help: a friend, a counselor, a specialist.|