Can't concentrate when studying
I am not able concentrate my mind on studying. Why can't I remember things so fast? I need lots of time, how can I reduce it?
Doug's Reply: There are several things you can do to make it easier to concentrate while studying. Take a look at your study environment. Is your workspace organized? Are there too many distractions? Do you have a designated study spot?
Your study spot should only be used for studying. For that reason, for example, it is a bad idea to study in bed because your mind associates the bed with sleeping. Make sure there are no distractions in your room. Turn the TV off, and if you have to listen to music make it the quiet instrumental kind.
As you begin to read through the study material, follow a study system such as SQ3R. This stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. The SQ3R method has been recommended since 1949 as a way to increase your study efficiency.
For more study tips, see my Best Study Skills page.
Your health is another consideration. Your brain cannot function at its best if you are not getting sufficient restful sleep, eating a healthy diet (including brain foods), and getting regular exercise.
Mindfulness meditation is a powerful way to increase your ability to concentrate. Mindfulness ("awareness") meditation helps improve your brain's ability to focus intently.
You might also want to consider playing brain games that require concentration. There are over 200 free brain games on my site, or you can sign up for a brain training service such as Lumosity.
As you can see, there is not just one answer to your problem. Many factors can affect the health of your brain. Take a look at each of my suggestions and make improvements where you can. I think it will make a difference!
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