How to concentrate while studying
Posted 21 Apr, 2017
We live in a world full of technology, with its ever-present temptations and attention zappers. .
So, how can you keep your mind on the job at hand in order to reach your goal of a job at the end of your studies? Fear not, Foundation Education’s here to offer some online study assistance…
- Try not to mix business and pleasure: if you know you’re easily distracted by social media or your email account, keep them entirely separate from your work, i.e. don’t have those tabs open on your computer, and don’t check your phone every five minutes while you’re supposed to be studying. It can be a good idea to leave your phone a different room.
- Take breaks: you’re only human and no one can keep their eyes down studying non-stop for three hours. If you feel your mind wandering, take a five-minute break to stretch your legs, grab some fresh air and shake off the fatigue. (No checking that phone yet though!)
- Keep hydrated: it might sound like it’s got nothing to do with study help, but drinking plenty of water will help keep your mind focused more than if your body is crying out for attention. Besides, those extra tips to the toilet will ensure you’re getting plenty of the aforementioned breaks!
- Don’t listen to music: concentrating while studying is crucial if you want things to sink in, and very few people are actually capable of having their favourite songs playing in their ears while absorbing fine detail (even though many of us think we are). If you’re no good at silence, the website A Soft Murmur can provide a range of background noise effects, from birdsong to coffee shop chatter.
- Get a study partner: illogical though it may seem, having someone there studying with you (even if they’re not studying the same course) can help keep the mind from wandering and also shame you into leaving that phone alone! It can be great to have a little company during those precious breaks, too, before you both settle back down to some focused studying.