Do you know that? You are sitting at your desk and are trying to read through something for the hundredth time.
But it just won’t get into your brain!!
Then a Facebook post pops up and you first read through it. Ah then a friend of yours posted a totally cool video. A friend writes to ask if you have any plans for tomorrow evening, and of course you answer.
And already 30 minutes are over and you still haven’t learned and give up?
Your concentration is at zero.
I felt the same way. If I was still studying in the evening and then a good series came on TV. When I was writing a blog post and every five minutes my phone vibrated, or on Facebook a friend posted the photos from last night’s party. I was back on the couch faster than I could look. For this reason, I had done some research on how I can increase my concentration and have already successfully implemented the tips. I would like to share the tricks with you:
5 tricks for more concentration while learning
Trick 1: The right design of your learning and working place
In order to be able to concentrate properly when learning, it is important that the basic requirements are right. This includes your workspace. Find a place at home, or even in another place where you are undisturbed. That means as little noise as possible.
Also, your study space should have enough light. Daylight is best. If that’s not enough, you should use additional lamps to make sure that it is.
Remove all distracting noises and objects. By items I mean, for example, books, or magazines that have nothing to do with your learning topic today. You should also put away your cell phone. Turn it off, or set it to "silent".
Last but not least, put all the tools you need at your workstation, ready to hand. Nothing disturbs your concentration more than when you have to get up in the middle of something and start looking for it.
In the meantime I manage that very well. I have set up my study space according to these tips and see that without a cell phone and with good preparation it is much easier to study.
Trick 2: Plan enough breaks for yourself
Concentration phases last between 30 – 60 min. In between it is important to take breaks. 10 minutes is quite enough, but it should not be more than a quarter of an hour. Because otherwise you’re completely out again and have to get used to the topic first. The Pomodoro technique helps here immensely.
Movement breaks are especially great. Do some stretching exercises, or get some fresh air. It can help tremendously and you’ll be back to work with renewed energy. I often make myself a coffee and sit outside on the balcony for a while. Of course only in summer :D. In winter I try stretching exercises for my back and neck. They hurt me quite fast, if I sat in some strange posture at my desk again.
Also the so-called power napping increases your concentration. The Japanese have already done it& . 10 minutes of sleep are enough to get you back into action, full of energy.
But be careful: Power Napping has to be learned! In the beginning I extended my alarm clock five times and slept two hours and then it was over again with the learning. But it can work. But you have to train your bastard a little bit.
Trick 3: The right diet and enough sleep
During exam preparation, you may already be doing less sport, so you shouldn’t add an unhealthy diet to that. Because both are bad for concentration. Therefore a balanced diet is very important.
You should drink at least 2 – 3 liters of water a day. Of course we all know that already. Nevertheless, you probably catch yourself from time to time that you do not do it.
My tip: I put a glass down, and the water bottle next to it. Always refill when the glass is empty. In the beginning you should just force yourself. Then it goes sometime like by itself.
On a "learning day" breakfast should be a MUST. Because only in this way you can start the first tasks full of energy and concentration. And I for my part am anyway a total breakfast fan. I’m only responsive and useful after coffee and jam toast anyway.
I also recommend that you choose your food wisely. It does you no good if you order a pizza (because it’s so convenient& and of course also delicious) and then continue to work with an overfull stomach. Doesn’t work, because then you are quite sluggish afterwards. So you should avoid the feeling of heaviness.
In between, fruit and vegetables are a super energy supplier.
Trick 4: Eliminate energy thieves and avoid excessive demands
What really costs you your nerves and decreases your concentration are the energy thieves. This can be the lying around clothes of the partner, the untidy apartment, the music of the WG – comrade, which is just once again loudly from his room booms.
It’s little things, but you still get upset and that takes energy.
You should get rid of these energy thieves even before you start learning. Because you can’t study concentrated as long as the problems persist and are not solved.
Sometimes you just have to think about yourself. I know, it’s hard. "How do I tell him now that he should please turn down the music??". Very simple. Exactly so. As long as you are polite and choose your words carefully, he should have no problem being a little quieter for an hour.
And the partner? "Why doesn’t he just put his stupid clothes away?. I always have to clean up after him."
Well there is a very simple trick: Do not do it! Just say that it bothers you when everything is lying around everywhere. I also do. In the meantime, we’ve got the work super divided up.
Sometimes "opening your mouth" can work wonders.
And how’s this for being overwhelming?
Just make sure you don’t take on too much for one day of studying. Yes it is a lot to learn. But you’ll know that soon enough or? Write yourself a plan for when you’re going to learn what. That immediately takes a lot of pressure off.
Start learning early enough. Don’t procrastinate. Plan your time properly. Because learning under pressure works, but if it becomes too much, it only weakens your concentration and that would be unproductive.
And now last but not least:
Trick 5: Do concentration exercises
Concentration exercises I have also discovered for myself only recently. They are super easy to integrate into everyday life. And in my opinion, they have greatly improved my ability to concentrate.
I’ll give you a quick rundown of my three favorites:
Concentration exercise 1: Count letters
This is a relatively simple exercise with potential for improvement. Take an article or a text passage in front of you. For example, count all the "K "s now. In the beginning you can still use a pen to count, later you should leave it out. And if that works well, look for several letters at once. Believe me at some point you’ll have to focus quite a bit.
Concentration exercise 2: Counting steps
That is super. Because you can do that anywhere. On the way to work, or for example when jogging. Simply count your steps as you walk. If you miscount, you have to start all over again.
It’s really hard when you’re talking to someone on the side. Or if you only count every second, or third step.
Concentration exercise 3: Write mirror image
I personally find this exercise particularly difficult. The best place to start is with your name first. If that works well, try to write longer sentences always mirror-inverted. I am working on this task right now. &
Yes, that’s it, the five tips for more concentration while studying. I’ve noticed myself, with these five tricks, my ability to concentrate has increased tremendously. Not everything is necessarily right for everyone, or feasible. Nevertheless, if you just take heed to two or three tricks, you can already hope for more concentration when learning&
If all that isn’t enough, check out Luisa’s tips for boosting attention: