Concentrating while studying can be hard, especially when the study material isn’t one of your favorite topics. While studying has never been the most exciting aspects of school, it doesn’t have to be the drag that it is made out to be. With a sense of determination, and by implementing some effective study techniques, even the dullest subjects can be conquered with increased concentration during a study session.
Find an appropriate study environment
Generally, it is a good idea to eliminate distractions as much as possible while studying, so you can concentrate on what’s in front of you. You want to find a place that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for you.
Find a quiet area, such as a private room or a library. If you like fresh air, go outside to an area that is reasonably free of distractions and somewhere you can still connect to Internet, if necessary.
Keep in mind that everyone has their own studying environment preferences. While some prefer to study in quiet, others thrive in a bustling environment that mimics white noise.
Always believe in yourself. If you don’t know your studying preferences, experiment in different areas, studying in a group or studying solo, studying with or without music, etc. Your ability to concentrate and be productive in
different environments will reveal itself rather quickly.
Gather all of your studying materials
Your studying materials include things like notes, textbooks, study guides, papers, highlighters, or anything else you might need to concentrate and be productive while studying; this includes a snacks and a bottle of water.
All your materials should be within arm’s reach so you don’t disrupt yourself by going to retrieve your things when you’re in the zone, studying.
Clear the study space
Clear away materials you don’t need to study, and keep your space organized to reduce stress and allow for better concentration. Having any materials around you that don’t directly contribute to your concentration only serve as potential distractions. This includes throwing away food containers, paper garbage, and other miscellaneous items.
Unplug from unnecessary electronics
Turn off any electronics that you don’t need, especially cell phones, music listening devices, and perhaps
computers. You need to keep your distractions away, at least when studying.
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Stick to a routine
Arrange a schedule for study time, and keep with it. This allows you to build studying time into a habit, making you more likely to follow through on study plans. Be aware of your energy levels throughout the day. Are you more energetic (and therefore more able to concentrate) during the day or night time? It may help to study your harder subjects when you have the most energy.
Once you know the time of day that you’re more energetic, you can make sure you study during those times, increasing your ability to focus and concentrate on your work.
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Find an effective study method
Finding an effective study method that suits you can help you stay concentrated while studying. Again, every person studies differently, so you will have to experiment and find a method that works best for you to maintain focus. Essentially, the more ways you can experience and interact with what you’re learning, the better your chances will be of staying on task and absorbing what you’re reviewing.
Sometimes, simply reviewing readings, notes, or quizzes can serve as an effective way to study, but some other study
methods have been explained in detail in this video :
Set study goals
While the subjects you need to study might not be the most interesting topics, you can shift your perspective while studying to make concentrating easier. By setting goals for yourself, you change your studying experience from having to “get through,” the subject, to reaching check points and continually succeeding in progressing with your study session.
Goal setting can be tricky at times. Watch this video to avoid making common mistake while goal setting :
Study with short breaks
Normally, studying for about an hour at a time and then taking a 5-10 minute break is the most effectual study schedule to maintain concentration on a given task. Taking a short break gives your mind time to relax, so it can be ready to stay productive and absorb information.Move around. Get up and stretch after sitting for about an hour. These short breaks in studying will make the time you spend studying more productive and attentive.
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