- 7 Ways to Improve Your Concentration
- What is Concentration?
- 1: Plan Your Objectives
- 2: Know Yourself!
- 3: Improve Your Mental Endurance
- 4: Never Work When Hungry or Sleepy
- 5: Go at it Step-by-Step, One Task at a Time
- 6: Develop an Interest in What You’re Studying
- 7: Relax!
- How to Improve Concentration and Focus: 7 Tips
- 1. Be conscious and intentional
- 2. Set clear goals – and victories
- 3. Be consistent
- 4. Avoid or remove distractions
- 5. Set time limits and allow for breaks
- 6. Take care of mind and body
- 7. Practice
- 7 Brain Hacks to Improve Your Focus at Work
- Seven Ways to Improve your Concentration
- 1) Not too tight, not too loose
- 2) Start with short meditation periods
- 3) Let go of distractions.
- 4) Be confident.
- 5) Introspection.
- 6) Learn to let go of the technique
- 7) Add lots of little moments of meditation to your day
- 7 Ways You Can Improve Your Concentration
- 1. Play Mind Games
- 2. Creating a To-Do List
- 3. Meditate
- 4. Exercise
- 5. Avoid Multitasking
- 6. Reduce Dependency on Gadgets
- 7. Identify Your Learning Style
- 7 Ways to Improve Concentration for Exams
- What is Essential for Exams?
- Power of Concentration
- 7 Ways to Improve Concentration During Studying for Exams
- 7 Ways to Improve Concentration During the Exam
7 Ways to Improve Your Concentration
It’s one thing to be motivated, it’s another thing to be concentrated. A lack of concentration, just as a lack of motivation, can sometimes hinder us when trying to achieve something, especially when it comes to learning a language.
Concentration helps us in the memorization process, go through a lesson in a more relaxed way and to be more confident. But here’s the thing, sometimes we just can’t seem to concentrate. If you’re overly tired, anxious, in the wrong environment… you may find you’re unable to concentrate.
To stay 100 percent focused, here are 7 tips to improve your concentration and to thus improve in a language.
What is Concentration?
Concentration is our capacity to focus our mental (or physical) faculties on a task. Being concentrated means being able to listen, observe and accomplish any goal you desire . To memorize vocabulary, grammar, conjugation… in other words, to learn a new language, you need to be able to concentrate.
However, here’s the problem: a lack of concentration can happen because of multiple reasons. For instance, when we’re distracted by our surroundings, a bad diet and even a negative outlook on life… To help you review, work and learn, here are a few tips to maintain high levels of concentration and even improve upon them.
1: Plan Your Objectives
Plan Your Objectives
Planning and concentration go hand in hand… It’s necessary to have your objectives on a calendar. Meaning that during each lesson or review sessions, your goal will be to reach that objective… By planning each of your milestones, you’ll be creating essential organization—structure—to stay concentrated on your task.
You should note that it’s important to be realistic when planning your objectives. You can already plan your final objective, but the idea is to modify it as you go along, step by step. Create sub-objectives for yourself to reach during a learning session.
For, example, being able to order food at a restaurant or being able to reserve a hotel in the language of your choice. The MosaLingua cards can help you organize yourself in this task: choose the theme you want to learn, and dedicate, let’s say, one session a day on the theme for three weeks.
You can then review them with MosaLingua’s Spaced Repetition System.
2: Know Yourself!
What you should know is that the maximum peak of concentration for a person is possible for 30 minutes (give or take a few minutes, of course).
Often, this peak occurs in the morning. However, we aren’t all as efficient at the same time of the day… Some of us are morning birds, others are night owls.
It’s up to you to find out when you’re more able to concentrate and to respect this time.
Moreover, it is better to have short learning sessions, a few minutes each week, during which you’ll be fully concentrated on your goals, something you wouldn’t be able to do with hour-long learning sessions…
3: Improve Your Mental Endurance
Did you know it’s possible to improve your mental endurance, in other words, the time you’re able to concentrate?
We’ve already seen that the peak of concentration the average person has only lasts around 30 minutes. Needless to say that reaching those 30 minutes of concentration isn’t a given… There is a simple exercise to improve how long you can concentrate which consists of timing yourself every day.
The first day, you time how long you’re concentrated on something. The next day, you add another minute to your countdown. The following day, you add yet another minute. And so on.
It is a long-term goal which requires perseverance, but you can reach superior levels of concentration by passing these hurdles daily.
4: Don’t work when you’re hungry!
4: Never Work When Hungry or Sleepy
There’s no point, you’ll just be distracted… It’s better to eat well (Not too much. You don’t want to feel bloated) and feel great when having to review.
Along the same line, we could even say that we have to adopt a healthy lifestyle: lack of sleep disrupts concentration, as well as hunger and physical tiredness… What does that tell us? To be able to concentrate properly, we have to eat healthy, balanced meals and keep in shape. Please note: some foods are good for your neural system. Examples? Green vegetables, cereals, legumes…
5: Go at it Step-by-Step, One Task at a Time
Our brain cannot focus on more than one task at once; it can only deal with one thing at a time… to be optimal and improve your concentration, don’t multitask.
Small advice: learn the MosaLingua cards one after the other and be sure you study them properly and assimilate them well. Focus on one card (“booking a hotel” for example), then on another one, and then yet on another one.
Think of duly finishing a task before starting another one.
One more thing: in between each task, or each vocabulary card, for example, don’t hesitate in taking a few minutes off to relax.
By fully working on task, one by one and taking your time, you’re conscious of what you’re actually doing, helping you assimilate it better.
6: Develop an Interest in What You’re Studying
Being interested is the biggest factor for concentration. It is indispensable to find something interesting in what you’re studying in order to stay motivated and to improve your concentration.
Why do you want to learn a foreign language? Develop your project, write it down, and maybe even post it around your apartment… You really have to be conscious of why you’re spending time on a certain project. Not only will this help you not to forget your objective, but it will also make the learning process much more interesting.
7: learn to breathe
Just relax, and learn how to breathe. Whatever your reason is for improving your concentration, it is essential to breathe in and properly oxygenate your brain for the task.
Here’s an exercise to help you relax and thus improve your concentration: sit straight, or at the back of your armchair, take a deep breath, and slowly breath out through your mouth, repeat this 10 times. You’ll be more relaxed, and more able to concentrate on your work. Learning a language shouldn’t be stressful. The more at ease you are with it, the more easily will you find it to concentrate.
To improve your concentration, there’s nothing much to it. You just need to be conscious of what you’re doing.
Many say that working slowly, taking the time to do a task, helps them to realize what they’re doing, which, in turns, helps them assimilate the information easily. So, no hurry.
Your objective? To be as relaxed as possible in order to learn a new language under the best conditions possible.
Do you have other tips on how to improve your concentration? Don’t hesitate to tell us how in the comment section below
How to Improve Concentration and Focus: 7 Tips
I’ve written about a range of habits related to learning, but one I have not yet covered is concentration – perhaps because I find it among the hardest of habits to truly master.
I’m as apt as anybody to have my working memory hijacked by the temptations of multi-tasking,
….or simply to become distracted by the shiny new learning objects that I encounter on a daily basis,
…or to start writing about one thing and find myself wandering to other topics as new thoughts occur to me,
…or….uh, right – concentration. Here are some of the approaches to it that I find helpful:
1. Be conscious and intentional
I keep coming back to “consciousness” as the cornerstone of most effective learning habits. Before you are ly to be successful at concentrating you have to make a clear, conscious decision to focus your attention. Sounds simple enough, but more often than not we move from one experience to the next without any real consciousness, and certainly without a decision to concentrate.
2. Set clear goals – and victories
I’ve lamented my own lack of goal setting before. To concentrate effectively, it really helps to have specific outcomes in mind. Break down longer term goals – mastering a new language – into smaller chunks that are achievable in short bursts of concentration – memorizing how an irregular verb is conjugated.
3. Be consistent
A foolish consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds, but a wise consistency is often essential to enlarging the mind. Great athletes, musicians, writers, and others who excel in their chosen field nearly always have set times and places for concentrated thinking and practice.
Consistency of environment helps to normalize distractions and consistency of time helps establish a pattern and rhythm to support concentration. Pick a limited range of places where and times when you do your most focused learning.
You can and should vary these over time to avoid falling into rote learning habits, but don’t be too fast or erratic in making changes.
4. Avoid or remove distractions
Part of what sparked me to write about concentration this week is the ongoing debate about the impact of the Internet on our brains. (See, for example, Pinker and Carr on this.
) I’m still undecided about the deeper, longer term impact, but I don’t have much doubt about the ability of the Internet – and countless other modern wonders – to distract us on a minute-to-minute basis and interfere with concentration.
You may be able to train your mind to block out such distractions, but for me, the easiest path has always been simply to avoid cognitive overload by turning off the e-mail, the browser, the phone, the iPod, the [add your own distraction here], etc..
5. Set time limits and allow for breaks
Similar to how the body has limits for focused physical activity and needs recovery time from exercise, the mind benefits from periodic short breaks during periods of concentration as well as longer breaks between periods of concentration to help consolidate learning.
During shorter breaks, it is better not to turn to other tasks, but to truly take a break and let the mind rest. (For a scientific perspective on this – including a helpful video abstract – see a recent article on “awake rest” in Neuron.).
Longer breaks should include essential activities getting sufficient sleep at night.
6. Take care of mind and body
Speaking of sleep – I’ve written before about the important role it plays in memory. And having sufficient sleep is also ly to positively impact your attitude towards concentrating and ability to concentrate in the first place.
wise, a balanced diet and plenty of aerobic exercise are very important factors in promoting healthy brain activity and memory. (And activities running can improve your mood as well as your overall health.
) Really, being well rested, well fed, and in good physical shape is the foundation for being able to concentrate well.
Finally, few of us are able to will ourselves to concentrate and become effective at it over night. I wrote recently about the keys to deliberate practice and those keys apply here as much as they do anywhere else.
Yes, that’s right – you have to focus and concentrate in order to learn to focus and concentrate. Here are a few simple techniques for improving concentration that might help you in your practice.
I’m also a fan of breathing exercises as a way to help clear the mind and focus attention.
So, those are my tips. Got any you think should be added to the list?
7 Brain Hacks to Improve Your Focus at Work
Your ability to focus on a task until it is complete is one of the greatest indicators of your future success.
All millionaires and billionaires have mastered the art of single focusing on one thing until completion before they move onto the next task.
However, we live in a world that is full of distractions and notifications that are constantly vying for your attention.
Your brain is simply not equipped to deal with the massive number of ‘shiny objects’ that are perpetually trying to disrupt your focus.
Learning to become the master of your brain instead of its slave is no easy task.
But, with a few simple hacks, you can quickly take charge of your mind and develop laser- focus.
1. Start Each Morning With Exercise
One of the most important things that you can do for your brain and your overall well-being is to start every morning with exercise.
You don’t have to go to the gym and spend 3 hours pumping iron Arnold in his prime either.
Simply getting the blood flowing for 20 minutes will sufficiently spark your mind and help you develop stronger focus throughout the day.
Some great activities to try are; swimming, racquetball, yoga, or cycling.
These exercises are relatively low impact on your body and are a heckuva lot more fun than mindlessly running on the “dreadmill” each morning.
2. Don’t Break Your Fast too Early
If you have been following the health and fitness or biohacking industries in recent years then you have inevitably heard about the phenomenon called intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting, or IF, is a fairly simple concept.
For 16 hours the day, you fast completely and then consume all of your calories in an 8-hour window.
It is actually a lot easier than it sounds and has numerous benefits.
Outside of the benefits to your metabolism and fat loss goals, IF actually helps you to have more focus in the morning because your body is not wasting precious energy digesting foods.
Instead, it can allocate all of those resources to helping you concentrate on the task at hand.
The best way that I have found to do IF is to skip breakfast, instead drinking 1-2 cups of black coffee, and then break your fast around 1 p.m., eating your last meal around 9 p.m.
If you do this, your focus will shoot through the roof.
3. Get More (Good) Fats in Your Diet
The human brain is made up of roughly 60% fat.
That’s pretty considerable when you think about it!
This poses a problem for the people who have been proponents of low fat diets throughout the years.
You see, your brain needs lots of good fat to function properly.
One of the best ways to quickly improve cognitive function and thereby your focus is to get more fats in your diet.
If you are following intermittent fasting then I recommend that you eat a lunch that has at least 30 grams of fat in it.
Nuts, avocados, eggs, and coconut oil are all great ways to get healthy fats into your diet and help your brain run more smoothly.
4. Use nootropic herbs.
Recently I've been testing with the herb licorice root through a friend's recommendation and has gotten great results. It contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that stops brain fog, cloudy-headedness, afternoon fatigue, and sleep disruption by preventing the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol.
The way I take it is in tea form. I basically just boil it in hot water and drink it daily.
There are other herbs with brain function enhancing properties you can test your self such as schizandra and ginkgo biloba.
4. Write Out Your Critical Tasks Each Hour
One of the best ways to keep your brain focused is to write out the tasks that you want to accomplish within the next hour and then time how long it takes until completion.
By writing out your key tasks each hour, you will refocus your brain on most important projects, and by timing yourself, you will add a sense of urgency that will help you stay focused.
5. Eliminate Pointless Distractions
I really shouldn’t even have to say this.
If your phone is constantly buzzing with new Snapchat notifications and your computer continually dings with new updates on your feed, then how in the world do you expect to stay focused?
You need to eliminate all pointless distractions.
This means that, while you are working, your phone is on airplane mode, your computer has all notifications disabled, and you clearly inform coworkers that you are not to be disturbed.
6. Set Small Daily Goals
Having huge, game changing goals is great.
Everyone should have a bigger vision for who they can be and what they can achieve.
But staying focused on a 10-year vision is no easy task, especially when trying to get through the tiring minutia of the day.
Whether you are bogged down with content marketing, emailing annoying clients, or writing new content, it can be easy to lose focus on the bigger picture.
Instead of focusing on your big, long term goals, start setting small daily goals.
By focusing only on what needs to be accomplished in any one given day, you will set yourself up for success.
Achieving small daily goals will wire your brain for success and trigger the reward mechanism, releasing dopamine when you accomplish your goal.
This will help you stay more focused and increase the odds of you achieving tomorrow's goal.
7. Get Enough Sleep
Nothing will ruin your focus more than consistent sleep deprivation.
Some of the most successful individuals in our modern business world have attributed much of their success to sleeping 8 hours a night.
You need to sleep more if you want to achieve maximum focus. This is true for everyone ranging from jet lagged digital workers to corporate executives.
Try and get 7 hours of high quality sleep per night minimum.
Mastering your focus is not an easy task.
We did not evolve to cope with the massive number of distractions that we face in our daily lives.
However, by making sure that you are properly fueling and stimulating your brain and eliminating distractions wherever possible, you will be able to master your brain and increase your focus.
What hacks do you have for improving your focus while at work?
Seven Ways to Improve your Concentration
Concentration is not a dirty word, it is the basis of a stable and healthy mind. Whilst some may find it difficult to concentrate for any length of time, often it’s only difficult when concentrating on things that we don’t or don’t want to do, but when we are enjoying our activity concentration can come effortlessly.
In the Buddhist tradition of meditation, concentration is a vital tool to be able to explore and penetrate deep into your own psyche. Without an unwavering attention, the realisations and insights from meditation are fleeting and difficult to hold on to.
To truly look deeply into yourself, you need refined attention to experience the extremely subtle phenomena of the mind and awareness. Concentration is the instrument that meditators use to understand themselves.
It is not a dirty word.
Our attention plays big part in how we experience reality. What we choose to place our attention on is exactly what we experience in the present moment; most of the time, this is unconscious choice is due to past associations.
Alan Wallace a world leader in Shamata (Concentration Meditation) says:
“I suggest that if you were able to focus your attention at will, you could actually choose the universe you appear to inhabit.”
Attentional control or concentration can be easy and natural, and a means to tap into our creative genius.
Concentration can be a means to tap into our creative genius.
“Geniuses of all kinds excel at their capacity for sustained voluntary attention. Just think of the world’s greatest musicians, mathematicians, scientists and philosophers through-out history – all of them,it seems, have an extraordinary capacity to focus their attention with a high degree of clarity for long periods of time.” ~ William James
However, in our fast paced modern world with media constantly trying to capture our attention concentration has been affected negatively, so much so that some doctors are calling Attention Deficit Disorders an epidemic.
Could meditation be an alternative to pharmaceutical interventions and be the the safe way to development attentional stability, overcome mental imbalances and create the life that you want to create?
Some doctors are calling Attention Deficit Disorders an epidemic.
Here is a list of 7 helpful tips to improve your concentration and attentional stability:
1) Not too tight, not too loose
The Buddha described the perfect concentration as a guitar string – he said it should not be too tight or not too loose to play the perfect note. Just that our attention should not be too forced or strained and not too slack or vague. The perfect balance of effort and relaxation is required to find that sweet spot of clear and even minded comprehension of your object of meditation.
2) Start with short meditation periods
Quality is better than quantity when it comes to meditation. 5 minutes of clear and even focussed attention is much more beneficial than one hour of daydreaming. I recommend to start with as little as two minutes.
Set a timer and sit still for two minutes watching your breath or observing sensations in your body or mentally repeating a mantra.
In fact just be able to observe your object of meditation clearly for a few seconds is that start of concentration training which can be built on improved over time.
Quality is better than quantity when it comes to meditation.
3) Let go of distractions.
It’s not that you cannot concentrate its just that you are too distracted by your thoughts. Everybody has the ability to concentrate once the mind has given up its obsession with thoughts.
Learning to focus and concentrate is not so much about the faculty of concentration itself its about letting go of thoughts as they arise without following them or engaging in them. One way to do this is to be clear that during meditation time all thoughts are JUST THOUGHTS neither good or bad, boring or exciting.
You equalise all thoughts to be exactly the same and no matter how enticing the thought, idea or plan may be you let it go and come back to your object. Just say no thank you to your thoughts and they dissolve away by themselves.
4) Be confident.
Any endeavour worth doing takes confidence in your self. Trust that you have the potential to develop your attention and give up distractions.
This also takes some enthusiasm and enjoyment in meditation practice which can come from reading and learning more about meditation and all the benefits of meditation. Confidence comes when you set realistic goals for yourself and you achieve them.
That’s where starting out with short periods comes into it. You gain confidence by meditating for just 1 or 2 minutes with focus on your object and know that you can improve every week bit by bit.
Any endeavour worth doing takes confidence in your self.
It’s not so much getting distracted that’s the problem because that will definitely happen for every single person who attempts meditation. It’ the not knowing you are distracted that causes issues, that’s where you are caught in a daydream for 30 minutes during meditation without even realising it.
Also, slowly falling asleep can be a problem for a lot of people too. Introspection is the key to overcome this. During concentration practice there must be a small amount of attention reserved for over-seeing the whole internal process.
That is knowing if you are focussed on your object and knowing when you have been distracted and your mind has wondered off. The mind can wander off into thoughts or it can just wander into sleepiness and dullness.
Once you have realised you are distracted by thoughts or sleepiness, simply and calmly bring the focussed attention back to the object of meditation and re-focus. It’s your own inner meditation teacher that keeps watch over you and every time it catches you wondering off it gently prompts you to bring your attention back onto the object.
This can be an obvious distraction loosing focus all together and engaging in thoughts, but as your meditative skills deepen there are subtle forms of distraction that are not so obvious and you will need well refined introspection skills to be able to know whether there are distractions present or not.
There must be a small amount of attention reserved for over-seeing the whole internal process.
6) Learn to let go of the technique
This relates to the first tip about a balanced and even state of attention. To relax and let your attention settle calmly and clearly on the object you have to stop over adjusting and let it happen.
You can over correct too much and try too hard, the skill is to be relaxed and alert on your object.
This is allowing space into the practice of meditation giving space for your attention to simply be on its object naturally and unforced.
7) Add lots of little moments of meditation to your day
Finally to support your concentration training it is vitally important to engage in regular bouts of mindfulness during the day. That is to take several moments of meditation by taking some conscious breaths and putting thoughts to one side several times through-out the day.
At a red light in the car, in a queue at the supermarket or even while you’re in the toilet. One meditation Master recommends many short sessions through-out the day many times.
Eventually these sessions merge into one another and your day can become one conscious and mindful day full of focus and clarity.
7 Ways You Can Improve Your Concentration
Concentration and memory are the two key focus points for every individual. When you are concentrated, your memory automatically improves as you are able to retain the information for a longer period of time.
Having a sharp memory and good concentration power is useful to people of all ages and all professional domains, whether a student or a CEO.
Do you not wish that you could have the memory of an elephant who never forgets anything? So, in this article, we are going to discuss some similar tricks and methods that you can use in your daily life to improve your concentration power and in turn, memory.
1. Play Mind Games
Before you plan to beat me up, listen. Mind games are an amazing method to improve your concentration.
Moreover, it is more effective when you are playing these games offline rather than opening a new tab and searching for the best mind games to improve concentration.
2. Creating a To-Do List
A to-do list is probably the simplest thing that you can do. With the availability of almost everything over the internet, we are now the people who take out the phone and ask Google everything right then and there. But, what about after that?
Also, have you ever noticed that once you ask your Google assistant what’s the weather tomorrow, you are browsing through your Instagram feed before you realise it?
So, create a to-do list that you can paste right in front of you. Keep it in your view and you will be saved from getting distracted.
You don’t need to be a sage almighty or you don’t need the peace of nature with a waterfall and chirping birds so that you can meditate peacefully.
Meditation can be done right at your home, at your desk! You just need to calm and focus. Play relaxation music, but take care to not fall asleep. Close your eyes and focus on the one thing that motivates you to go on about your day.
It can be anything, some fictional character, your girlfriend, your parents, money or any other thing. You don’t need to pack your bags and depart for the Himalayas but work here and now.
A lazy body is the devil’s abode. You should not even cry that you have such a poor concentration when all you do the entire day is eat pizza, drink beer, watch tv and sleep.
The first step to a healthy mind is a healthy body. Dust off the shoes in the shelf, put ‘em on and go jogging. Watch yoga tutorials on and learn the techniques that will open up the jammed parts of your body.
When you start exercising, you will not restrict your energy to your body but channelise it and allow it to flow. Hence, it will improve your concentration and your memory significantly.
5. Avoid Multitasking
I know it hurts but this is actually a way you can improve your concentration power and your focus. It is natural that the person want feels the need to juggle so many tasks at once and try to complete them all at once. Though the capabilities of the human brain are not fully known, we do not know very well that how can multitasking become more efficient.
Hence, for the time being, avoid multitasking and focus on one thing at a time. Rather than trying to complete 5 different works with your 20% efficiency, allow your 100% efficiency on one single task.
6. Reduce Dependency on Gadgets
There is a phrase I am fond of – phones are getting smart and humans dumb. This is really true. If you ever look around yourself, you will see that everyone is busy with their necks down and thumbs moving.
These smartphones and other gadgets affect our brain directly and hamper with our decision making capability, our judgment and our concentration.
Whatever be the thing, we simply ask Google assistant to save a reminder. We ask Alexa to create our to-do list for the day. We need to set birthday reminders for the people who are close to us! Such dependency on technology should be reduced and the brain should be made to function more and more.
Trust me, your concentration will improve significantly after a couple of weeks when you start remembering everything and not your phone.
7. Identify Your Learning Style
Every human has a preferred learning style with which they learn everything. Whether you remember better and focus more during a video or by hearing something. Once you identify this, your concentration will improve.
What happens is that you will be able to identify which style of learning suits you more. As a result, you will automatically strive to focus more when your preferred learning style is available. See, your concentration improved.
These 7 tips are easy to incorporate in your daily lives as a way to improve your concentration.
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7 Ways to Improve Concentration for Exams
Exams are a regular part of student’s life yet they can be scary every time. Exams test what students have learned. But looking more deeply, they are more than just academic learning. An exam will test student’s pressure coping ability, time management skills, calmness, and mental stamina too.
Exams are made to be challenging. Life will throw various challenges at everyone. Students are prepared for such future nerve-wracking situations by regularly challenging them with exams. So, giving exams with best efforts is crucial for the overall development of students.
What is Essential for Exams?
Studying for exams is a mentally engaging activity. This mental activity can be equally pressurizing as any physical activity. Exams can become a very stressful situation especially when something important depends on the result of the exams.
For succeeding in an exam, some things are essential:
- Proper nutrition
- Distraction-free environment
- Focused Mind
- Mental Perseverance
These all come together to form a concentration. Concentration is the power to focus on an issue, topic, work or object for long periods. And it is a very crucial factor for good results.
Power of Concentration
The rule generally goes simple – Greater the concentration, better the results. This rule is applicable to any task. The power of concentration can be seen even in small things. For instance, playing a game requires concentration. One can play a game without concentration, but he will lose a lot. It is the same for studying and giving exams.
Having strong concentration abilities will automatically push a student above those with lesser concentration. Basically, your brain is a powerhouse. Succeeding in exams require exploiting your powerhouse as much as you can. Every student has the same brain. Those who can concentrate the brain better will take the top.
7 Ways to Improve Concentration During Studying for Exams
Concentration power of the brain is something one can increase with some practice. To increase your concentration for studying, you can follow these steps:
Find a silent surrounding – Silence helps you concentrate better. It is a very understandable yet neglected fact. Listening to songs while studying is not a good option for most people. Though it may feel soothing, it can soon turn into a distraction and affect your study quality. Choose a distraction-free environment.
Stock Up – Keep supplies on your table before starting studies. The goal is to study for long periods in one go. Leaving your chair for water, book, and stationery will make your study period short. There will also be a chance that you do not return to your studies. So, keep a water bottle and other study material close to you.
Nutrition – A healthy body means a healthy brain. Keep your nutrition right. Have balanced diets with all the essential macros your body need. Eat some snacks or a moderate quantity of food before you study. It energises your body. But make sure to not eat a heavy diet as it may make you sleepy.
Find a study time that suits you – It is said that studies are best done in the morning. But this is a misleading statement. Some students feel focused and concentrated during the morning. While others find themselves very sleepy in the morning and energised at night. It all comes down to concentration. Whenever you can concentrate better, is the right time for you.
Have walk breaks – It is just a recommendation, but walking is an efficient refresher. Medium paced walking or a run improves blood flow to your brain. This can make you more concentrated and focused. Keep the walks short. Otherwise, it can become tiring and cause the opposite effect.
Meditation – Meditation is a very fantastic way of relaxing your body and sorting your tensions. It can be boring and difficult in first but quickly gets addicting. Whenever you feel a decline in your concentration, Meditate a little. It will reduce your worries, and help you remain focused.
Play concentration games and do concentration exercises– These are an amazing and quick way of improving your focus. When you are tired of studying, you can work on your concentration by doing certain gazing exercises. Play games Sudoku and chess to improve your concentration.
7 Ways to Improve Concentration During the Exam
Exam room can be anxiety-inducing. Students have all kinds of doubts and uncertainty on the exam day. Almost everyone feels some kind of excitement, tension, or nervousness that day. But it is important to leave all that outside the exam room. Here are some tips to focus and concentrate while writing your exam:
Taking good sleep before the exam – Starting from the basics, your body needs to be well rested for exams. Sleeping all night before the exam will be counterproductive. Ensure that you are energised in the exam hall
Walk in with a plan – When you have a plan in mind about how to tackle the question paper, you will see an instant rise in your concentration. Following a plan will make you a lot more focused.
Turn a blind eye – Sometimes you will encounter disturbing elements during an exam. Helping others will cause a lack in your content quality. You may even run time. Concentrating on your work is important. Following the rules is always the right way.
Keep your calm – Exams can be heavy on your nerves. Concentrating during the exam can become tough due to anxiety and fears. The key is to not panic when you cannot give an answer to any question. Calmly move on to the next question. Panic never helps and it can cause mistakes in easy answers too.
Drink Water – Take a bottle of water with you to the exam room. Water energises and refreshes the nerve links. Water is even better than caffeine in improving focus. Take a sip in between your exam to restore concentration.
Take a watch – Using watch in exam helps you to manage your exam sections better. You can work efficiently and follow your plan. It is a piece of basic advice but very important. It keeps you concentrated on the time limit for each question.
Taking a break – If you feel panic taking over, stop and relax. Loosen up your body and then start fresh from the next question. This brings back your calm and concentration quickly.