While it is the biggest task for a student and even adults for that matter to concentrate on what they’re doing, achieving strong concentration power during exams is a big deal.
Glued to television screens and smartphones students are more vulnerable to distraction than ever before, with the IPL season going on and not to forget the social media boom.
Here are a few tips to achieve a good level of concentration, if you really want to.
KEEP YOUR SMARTPHONE AWAY OR ON ‘SILENT MODE’
The most common form of distraction is smartphones, keep them away from yourself. In case you’re reading on your phone, which most students do these days, switch off notifications of the apps you use the most like Facebook, What. App, Instagram, Snapchat etc. If it is hard for you to control yourself using these apps, uninstall them.
AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND FRIENDS
There is practically no such thing as ‘group study’. You just can’t study with your friends without talking of games, brands, memes, bitching about friends or teachers. Lock yourself up in a silent room, away from people.
NO BACKGROUND MUSIC
A very popular myth says you concentrate well with background music on. Nope: Trying to memorize a list in order – facts, numbers, elements of the periodic table – the music may actually be working against you, a new study suggests. It only helps if you’re working, not studying.
YOUR POSTURE MATTERS
Laying on the bed induces sleeping, makes you tired without you realizing. It is always recommended to sit straight. this way you can study for a longer period of time with focus.
PREPARE TIMETABLE OR TARGET FOR EACH DAY
A timetable or target for each day pushes you to study more and stay organised. However, your target must be realistic and achievable.
Our brain can only concentrate for 2090 minutes , may vary from person to person. This is the reason why we have lectures of not more than 50 minutes in college/schools. Take break after finishing each topic. Use this time for your hobbies. Avoid computer, smartphones, television screens during the break. Eat something instead, which is the next point.
AVOID EATING AND DRINKING WHILE STUDYING
When you have something to eat or drink in front of you, you tend to loose concentration. And can’t stop yourself from continuously consuming whatever is front of your sight. Eat during the break instead.
These hacks are as important as oxygen to achieve high level concentration. Trust me!
Everyone has their own approach to studying but regardless of how you do it or why you’re studying it comes down to the same two things.
Being able to read and understand as much as possible as efficiently as possible.
Being able to remember everything.
For some they want the motivation or ability to study for 15 hours a day but I think it is far better to be efficient with your studying time and get the most out of the time you can do rather than stretch it out over hours when you don’t remember most of it anyway after a session like that.
Study TV suggests this free audio book which helps you improve your speed reading and memory. You can listen to it while you sleep and it has thousands of great reviews behind it: [Study Hack] Twice the Results in Half the Time
This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Studying.