Tips for concentrating

New Zealand
May 2, 2010 12:04pm CST
As I'm sure most of my fellow students have experienced, it's sometimes incredibly difficult to concentrate on studying - even if there's an assignment due very soon! I get distracted really easily; i surf the net, listen to music, chat with friends and basically do everything except for study. Does anyone have any tips as to how to extend my concentration span beyond 1minute?
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@megamatt (14323)
• United States
2 May 10
The best way to concentrate at least for me is to get it done right now. Force yourself to work on it as soon as possible, right now if possible. After all there is really no time like the present. It is very easy to get caught up in many other things and thus you get sidetracked. However do not fall into that trap. Get everything done as soon as possible. After all, once you get it done, then you will no longer have to worry about that particular assignment. Then you go onto other things like surfing the Internet or whatever else. I find that if I put something off, then I want to keep doing everything other than the assignment. However, if I dive headfirst into the assignment, then it will be done before I know it and there will be plenty of time for other things later. However, if I do not do it now, then it will keep hanging over my head.
• New Zealand
4 May 10
hey megamatt, you've just inspired me to get off the internet and get working! Thanks so much!
@Jules01 (131)
2 May 10
I spent years teaching psychology. I would say that the time you should spend on any one task is arount 20 mins. After that your mind will start to wander. So, with that in mind you need to look at the time you have available for study and start dividing it up. Planning to work for an hour or two on private study every day is better than thinking you'll spend all weekend on it. Think in terms of 20 minute blocks and then a short break - maybe 5 minutes. You must stick to it. The 5 minute rests are for you to do as you please, but they must include fetching drinks, going to the loo etc. That way you don't have any lame excuses for not doing work in the 20 minute breaks. If you are working for more than an hour you need to get up and stretch your legs. Get moving and shake the cobwebs from your brain. The next thing you need to look at is how you are studying. I see that someone has already mentioned the PQRST method. You can also try using mind maps. These are good when you are trying to memorise information. They are also good when you are doing the planning on your assignments. You can use paper or a program. The best free one I found was Compendium. It will take you a little while to work out how to use it, but it is useful. I hope you found that useful.
• New Zealand
4 May 10
hey jules, thanks for your advice! A problem with me is that i have difficulty sticky to 5min breaks... just now i was supposed to have a 'short' break before getting back to study... but my short break lasted over an hr... =S But I'm extremely behind right now, and I think that'll scare me into studying. I just hope that I can get my assignments done by tomorrow so that I can focus on catching up with lectures.
@sheanne (440)
• Philippines
2 May 10
Hello whitestarr, in studying you need to focus yourself to the subjects. But in order to focus yourself with the subjects you're suppose to be studying with, first thing you need to do to be able to concentrate well, you have to get rid of the distractions... surfing the net, listening to music, chatting with friends and other things that will keep going in your mind. Be in a room where you couldn't have an easy access to the distractions that you always have. Listening to music will do fine but surfing the net will take your time, even more when you're chatting with your friends. Always bear in your mind, studying is more important than anything else. Try to remember "It's my future am always looking forward to.. not the distractions in my mind that will let me down in my studies and will surely get ruin my future." Goodluck in your studies and happy mylotting.
• New Zealand
2 May 10
Thanks, I'll definitely try getting rid of all of my distractions... and will also try to remember that I need to study because it's important for my future.
• India
2 May 10
it could be bad to hear but the main motive of a student should be nothing other than studies, so you must make up your mind that you had to achieve what you want to achieve and after that you had your whole life in front of you to enjoy........... if you would be getting into other habits other that studies, then it would be difficult for any student to complete his/her goal. so work hard for your few years as student and then enjoy rest of the time the sweet fruit of your hard working, as a student my advice can be helpful for you.....happy mylotting :)
• New Zealand
2 May 10
Yes, thanks so much for the wake up call. I really needed that. I'm gonna turn of my computer now & wake up tomorrow to a fresh day to STUDY!
• India
2 May 10
it could be bad to hear but the main motive of a student should be nothing other than studies, so you must make up your mind that you had to achieve what you want to achieve and after that you had your whole life in front of you to enjoy........... if you would be getting into other habits other that studies, then it would be difficult for any student to complete his/her goal. so work hard for your few years as student and then enjoy rest of the time the sweet fruit of your hard working, as a student my advice can be helpful for you.....happy mylotting :)
@annierose (18949)
• Philippines
2 May 10
I agree with what bishvdeep said. The key word here is "Discipline". No matter how much you want to be focused on what you are doing but you don't have self discipline, then nothing will ever happen. It also happen to me most of the time. I lack self discipline. However, whenever I noticed that I am not getting what I wanted I try to stop for a while and think. I do meditations. Hum...I find out yoga is a good help to be able to concentrate. You can try it out if you are getting problems in concentrating.
• United Arab Emirates
26 Jul 10
Most of the students are facing this problem , but some of them had found solution to their problems like whitestarr found out here in this discussion.I am also a student who faces this problem , mostly in the maths subject which is the easiest subject for some of my freinds.Now , through this discussion,i had found out many ways but if anyone can give some more help regarding maths subject , it would be very helpful ........
• United States
8 May 10
I have this problem too. What helps me is that just try staring at the book for awhile even if I can't concentrate on studying. After a few minutes, I would settle down and be actually be able to read. Some music helps too like Bach or Mozart. Good luck and summer is coming soon.
@bluemars (952)
• Australia
3 May 10
Seriously you just need to shut off the computer and turn off all the various other distractions and just buckle down and start reading and once that happens you will fall into the work and start to really concentrate on it more without the distractions and be able to find more solutions that way too. You really need a clear head to begin with and this will not happen with all those other things getting in the way. I hope you are really going to to be able to just make the time to just get the work done and then once you complete the work, you can then reward yourself later with the things you love like the net etc. I think you need to just make sure you get the important things done first before you start to have some fun again. Get started now, the sooner you start well the sooner you will finish and the sooner you will start enjoying your free time.
@piya84 (2590)
• India
3 May 10
Hiii whitestarr Well if topic is interesting you are going to get in concentration mode automatically.It seems this subject inst your favorite one thats the reason your mind is wondering on somewhere else.You need to find out ways to make study process enjoyable.Like teaming up with friends could be good trick.
• India
2 May 10
it could be bad to hear but the main motive of a student should be nothing other than studies, so you must make up your mind that you had to achieve what you want to achieve and after that you had your whole life in front of you to enjoy........... if you would be getting into other habits other that studies, then it would be difficult for any student to complete his/her goal. so work hard for your few years as student and then enjoy rest of the time the sweet fruit of your hard working, as a student my advice can be helpful for you.....happy mylotting :)