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Tips On How To Stay Focused When Studying

Apr 25, 2008
Do you have difficulties in concentrating on your studies? If so, do not panic because there are solutions to your problem. I don't claim that I have the ability to make you concentrate better, having that said, I do believe the tips that you are about to read could be very helpful in tackling concentrations difficulties. It's a daunting thing, isn't it? To be in a situation where you have to focus and do your out most to succeed. Although it may seem as pretty frightening at first glance, it's really not that difficult to become a more focused person. Here's one possible method to improve your concentration, it's not the only way, but I do believe it could help:

First off, take out a piece of paper and try to list 10 points on why you ought to concentrate more. It could be something really obvious such as; "I need better grades", the important things is to have these (sometime) obvious thoughts on paper. If you put forward strong reasons to stay focused, you'll most likely stay that way. You can categorize your thoughts in to pro's and cons if that helps your brainstorming, on one side of the paper you list all the positive things that may happen if you concentrate on your studies and on the other side you write down the negatives that bad concentration brings.

O.K so we've covered that part, now make sure you have everything you need for your study session, do you for example drink coffee or eat danish when studying? If so, make sure you have these things in beforehand so it doesn't break your concentration. Be well prepared with everything you need, too many breaks on a session can really diminish it's productivity. This is not say that you shouldn't take breaks, legitimate breaks are important in order to get the energy to keep on continuing later on.

Remove all possible distractions, this includes (but is not in anyway limited to); TV, music players, cell phones, computers or any other device that may drift your attention away from the task at hand, i.e studying. Some people might claim that some of the previously mentioned things actually help them concentrate, this however has so far been negated by numerous scientific studies.

Be sure you've got yourself a timetable. It's immensely important that you have some very clear and vivid goals on what to you need to achieve during a particular session as well as the maximum duration for that task to be finished. Clear goals and planning will help you concentrate, likewise a poor plan won't do your concentration any good.

In general, try to avoid studying while hungry, this for quite obvious reasons will most likely not produce any significant results. Finally, always remember what failure would mean. Try to form a visual image in your head on what a possible "F" could mean for your future. It's always important to see the fruits of success, albeit to understand the fruits of failure is also important.
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