As a student, you have a lot on your plate. With so many assignments, so much to study and all the temptations around, not to mention the fatigue you’ve most probably built up, it’s hard to stay focused when learning. To help you be more productive, here are a few tips that will enable you to concentrate better when studying and to work more effectively.
1 – Choose a proper place to study
Choosing the right place to study is essential, as it can greatly impact your ability to concentrate and your overall efficiency. For instance, while you might think your room is the most comfortable place to study in, it is also the place where you go to bed every night, and your brain may associate it with sleeping rather than work. Plus, there are so many distractions in you room, aren’t there? Find a quiet, well-lit place that will allow you to relax (but not too much) and that doesn’t have any distractions to keep you from working.
2 – Develop a routine
While many of us hate routine in our day-to-day life, it is actually ideal to promote efficient learning. Adopting rituals and sticking to a set schedule will prevent chaos from invading your priorities and will help you concentrate better on your work.
3 – Turn off all electronic devices
It’s tempting to check out your social media, see what that notification on your phone is all about, and so on. To avoid such distractions, it would be best to turn off all electronic devices.
4 – Block access to digital distractions when turning off isn’t an option
If your study material is online and you really need your computer, give your self-control a helping hand by installing website and software blockers, to ensure you don’t accidentally end up gaming instead of learning.
5 – Take breaks
No matter how motivated you are and how well you’ve set up your environment, you won’t be able to learn efficiently if you study for hours on end without a break. Scheduling short breaks every hour or so will allow your mind to rest and recharge your batteries for the next study session.
6 – Add variety
If you focus too much time on a single specific topic, you may get bored after a while and not be able to concentrate properly. This is why it can be a good idea to add a bit of variety – either change topics after one or two hours, or alternate reading with some more active learning exercises.
7 – Reward yourself
To keep you motivated and focused on studying, set up incentives for successfully completing a task. For instance, after you finish a chapter, you can call a friend or treat yourself with an ice-cream. If you manage to finish studying everything you’ve planned for the day, give yourself a bigger reward, such as an evening out or a romantic dinner. Positive reinforcement can be a great way to help you concentrate and keep you on track.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll see that you’ll be much more effective when learning – and the whole process will be more pleasant as well!