You’ve gathered your books, notes, and stationery, and you’ve taken a seat at your desk. It’s time to get serious about your academics and…
“Ugh, I’m having trouble concentrating!”
A significant exam looms ahead of you, as does the threat of a tax deadline. You have the next week (or preferably more) to amass a mound of information. However, getting started is like pushing a boulder up a hill.
You may enjoy being a student in your chosen area, but memorizing a stack of lecture notes to pass your examinations and earn your degree is a different story. Especially since there are so many fascinating, colorful, and distracting things in the… oh, look at a butterfly!
Even top-performing pupils with ninja-level self-discipline have a slight apprehension about diving in. The difference is that they have formed the proper study habits that enable them to not only get into their chairs to study but also to stay there.
What’s the secret of their success? And, when it comes to studying, how can you increase your focus, concentration, and memory?
1. How to concentrate right away
Almost majority of the issues that arise when you can’t focus or concentrate on your academics fall into one of two categories:
- Difficulty getting started on your studies (inertia difficulties) or sustaining concentration while studying (daydreaming).
- Both provide the same aggravating outcomes, but they may necessitate slightly different ways to be overcome. Fortunately, you’ve come to the ideal place to learn about and use such strategies.
You search through your files, a wave of hopelessness washing over you. There is simply too much to do. When the cat brushes against your leg, you become thirsty. You go out to the kitchen to get some water for your bottle and notice a few dishes in the sink. You hurriedly wash your hands and return to your desk.
The cat has taken up residence on the keys of your laptop. You show her some affection. Back to the grindstone. Oh, look, an email has just arrived. It’s from your mother, and you’re hoping she’s fine. Take a closer look…
Does this ring a bell?
When going asleep, you must still your thoughts and minimize distractions, and when studying, you must do the same.
2. How to keep your attention and avoid daydreaming
The voice asks, “Hey, what are you doing?”
“I’m making an effort to study.”
“Cool. Have you responded to Steve’s text message? He’s been quite needy recently.”
“Please don’t bother me; I’ve just settled into my routine.”
“However, it’s nearly two o’clock.”
“I’m about to take a big biology exam.”
“Judge Judy is about to take the stage. “How about we watch one episode together and then you study?”
“It’s never just one episode,” says the narrator.
“All right… Your phone just plinked, hey. “Do you believe it’s Steve?”
There is unlikely to be a single student on the planet who does not identify with this internal monologue. The voice of procrastination is always thinking of something else to do instead of what you’re supposed to be doing.
Internal distractions and the small siren’s song of the voice enticing you away from your reading are more common than exterior distractions (the cat, a noisy housemate, or emails).
In any case, staying focused on your studies is difficult.
So, how can you get rid of that nagging inner voice that’d rather chase squirrels than study, or that particularly steamy daydream about Adriana Lima or Ryan Gosling (or both)?
3. Developing a stronger sense of focus
It’s no surprise that studying is a mentally challenging and demanding activity that inspires inertia. For anyone, staying focused when studying might feel like a never-ending battle.
Living in this digital age, with all of its incessant diversions and fanatical dedication to fast satisfaction, only exacerbates the situation.
However, you’ve already done the legwork to assist yourself. After reading all of this (and congratulations! ), you should have a well-stocked mental toolkit at your disposal. You now know how to improve your concentration, focus, and recall what you’ve learned.
Because these study tricks work, you should apply them. All you have to do now is figure out which ones will work best for you.
One last point. Your attention span may be trained like a muscle. You may achieve Bruce Lee-level focus and concentration with the correct training and frequent exercise.
Remember that there’s nothing wrong with your attention span naturally; it’s simply an issue of how you’ve trained yourself in the past, which is completely changeable.
Continue to work on it as though it were any other task.
You’re all set now. SQUIRREL! You have everything you need to sock that exam into the cosmos right there in your…