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Concentration Is The Name Of The Game

Dear Sugar
I am a second year college student and I am having a hard time keeping my concentration in school. I happen to be right in the middle of finals now and I've got three exams this week but I can't stay focused on my work. I'll read a few pages then start watching TV, web surf or listen to music.

Can you please give me some suggestions to help me stayed focused? My brain keeps wondering off to a million other places and I have to prepare for these tests! Do you have any good study tips? Distracted Denise

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Dear Distracted Denise
The first step to buckling down is setting a specific study space that is quiet and has few distractions. Since you are getting side tracked by the TV and the web, try studying in the library or a quite place that does not have Internet access. Also, turn off your cell phone. If you need some background noise, try a coffee shop or a local cafe that has ample space for all of your papers and books.

Setting regular scheduled, short breaks should help as well. Every few hours, change your routine to give your mind a rest. Taking a walk or simply moving away from your study area should also help to clear your head, revive you, and increase your ability to concentrate.

Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising while studying for exams will help your mind think more clearly. Keep your study area clean and in an organized fashion too. This is essential or else you'll waste time straightening up or worse, searching for important notes. Set realistic study goals for yourself and be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare for your tests. This will help to lower your stress level.

I hope these tips help. Pay attention to your time management and good luck on your exams. Don't forget to set aside time for yourself as well. All work and no play, doesn't make for a balanced mind, body and soul.

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Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 10 years
I have this problem!! i always get sooo distracted.. This is a great post! :D hopefully it will help me! Thanks!
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Flashcards definitely helped me, too. I barely had time to study because I was always on the run.. to class, to work, to wherever.. you can look at flashcards while you're walking, driving.. you name it!
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
once a month i have to work at home and i have a list of things to do but because my attention span is so short, i can spend 8 hours doing nothing. what i did was break everything up, spending an hour on one thing and then going back to do another. when i study i write the important parts down i flashcards so that i can study them in increments vs cramming my brain for hours. make sure to alott yourself enough time to take a break, go for a walk or just get away from your study area. just dont do anything that will take you away for too long Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday, can it get any better?
nicachica nicachica 10 years
lol...i have this problem too, but at work! but when i was in school, here's what i did when i was super distracted: 1. i went to a library where i didn't know anyone - this included the law library, the music library and even dorm study areas where i didn't know anyone. 2. don't bring your laptop if you don't need to write a paper! in fact, i normally wrote my papers at computers outside of my house so i didn't have to deal with the distractions of IM, myspace/facebook, etc. (just don't log on when you're on a public computer though!) 3. if you spend too much time taking notes when reading, just try highlighting key words/phrases and then go back and write it down. this will help the memorization process even more. 4. try to go for at least 1.5 to 2 hours without a break. when you're in the thick of it, you won't even notice how much time has gone by! sorry, i was a bit of a nerd in college (well until my fourth year when all i did was party) but these tips served me well. good luck with finals!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I suffer from this problem BIG time! The problem is, what's distracting to me all the time is THIS SITE. :OY:
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