Have you read about the science behind concentration, and why multitasking is ineffective? If not, take a peek here.

And, see what concentration tips below resonate for you.

TIPS

  • Evaluate your study locations.  If one location isn't working effectively, make adjustments to that location or investigate other locations as options for studying.
  • Identify your distractions. Whether they are internal or external distractions, note on a piece of paper what distracts you from studying. If there are consistent distractions, ask yourself how you can limit those and if any personal choices or adjustments could be made to keep that distraction to a minimum.
  • Make a list.  If you consistently have random thoughts pop into your head about other tasks you need to do or other commitments, keep a list as you study.  Don't dwell on the other task you thought of, but write it down so that you do not forget it but can refocus on your studying. Set up your study time so you minimize internal distractions. Get enough sleep, eat healthy food, exercise, monitor caffeine intake, and monitor mental fatigue. 
  • Schedule breaks. Unfocused studying can be a sign that you need a short break prior to trying to refocus. Having breaks scheduled reduces the chances of your getting off track between the breaks. 
  • Vary your study strategies.  If you lose focus when studying in one way for a long time, vary the ways you study.  Try studying in one way for 20-30 minutes and then study using a different strategy. The variety can help refresh your focus.
  • Put away obvious distractions.  If you know your phone or laptop is a distraction for you or that the alerts on it will interrupt your studying, turn these off.  Make a choice or commitment to a certain period of time studying without those distractions. 
  • Use rewards to motivate yourself. Make small goals for concentrating for a specific amount of time, or accomplishing a task, and reward yourself when you complete it.
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