Concentrating while studying can be hard, especially when the study material isn't one of your favorite topics. While studying has never been the most exciting aspect of school, it doesn't have to be the drag that it is made out to be. With a sense of determination, and implementing some effecting study techniques, even the dullest subjects can be conquered by maintaining concentration during a study session.
Find an appropriate study environment. Generally, it is a good idea to eliminate distractions as much as possible while studying, so you can concentrate on what's in front of you. You want to find a place that is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for you. Find a quiet area, such as a private room or a library. If you like fresh air, go outside to an area that is reasonably free of distractions, and somewhere you can still connect to the Internet, if necessary. Keep in mind that everyone has their own studying environment preferences. While some prefer to study in quiet, others thrive in a bustling environment that mimics white noise.
Tip: If you don’t know your studying preferences, experiment in different areas, studying in a group or studying solo, studying with or without music, etc. Your ability to concentrate and be productive in different environments will reveal itself rather quickly.
Make sure to gather all of your studying materials before you study. Your studying materials include things like notes, textbooks, study guides, papers, highlighters, or anything else you might need to concentrate and be productive while studying; this includes a snack like a granola bar or nuts, and a bottle of water. All your materials should be within arm's reach so you don’t disrupt yourself by going to retrieve your things when you’re in the zone, studying.
Clear your study space. Clear away materials you don't need to study and keep your space organized to reduce stress and allow for better concentration. Having any materials around you that don’t directly contribute to your concentration only serves as potential distractions. This includes throwing away food containers, paper garbage, and other miscellaneous items.
Unplug from unnecessary electronics. Turn off any electronics that you don't need, especially cell phones, music listening devices, and perhaps computers (provided you don't need a computer to study your material). Your laptop or computer could serve as a huge source of distraction when you’re trying to concentrate.
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Prof. Cheryl is a professor, author and homeschooling mom and the developer of the Young Author and College Prep Writing classes where through rigor , practice and targeted skill building, students develop their collegiate and creative writing skills. Visit www.Learn4college.com/about to learn more.