Concentration Tips for Students

Concentration tips for students are critical to a successful study session. Don’t waste your time reading and re-reading a module, use our tips instead.

Are you struggling to focus when it’s time to hit the books? Let us help you out with our top concentration tips for students. We’ll give you the tools you need to make your study sessions a success. 

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Concentration Tips for Students

Have the attention span of a goldfish? You’re not alone. Many students struggle to focus. And if this issue is not corrected asap, it can follow you into your future career. So here we’ve put together a few concentration tips for students: 

  • Knock out important tasks
  • Train your brain
  • Get enough sleep
  • Remove digital distractions
  • Take breaks
  • Set goals
  • Create a routine

Knock out Important Tasks

Doing any important tasks before you start studying will prevent these activities from taking up valuable space in your brain. So go ahead and feed your pets, pay your bills and call your grandma to wish her a happy birthday. But be careful not to use this tip as an excuse to procrastinate

Train Your Brain

Did you know, there are certain games you can play to help you concentrate? These include crossword puzzles, word searches and sudoku. Studies show that spending just 15 minutes a day on these games can improve both concentration and your memory. 

Get Enough Sleep

It’s very difficult to get things done when you’re tired. Not only does a lack of sleep slow you down, but it can also negatively impact your mood, which will then affect your motivation. Try to build healthy sleep habits by starting with getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night. 

Remove Digital Distractions

Technology is a great tool to help you learn. But it can also be your downfall if not used properly. So switch off your social media notifications and stay away from the TV while you study. Get rid of digital distractions and watch your concentration improve almost immediately.  

Take Breaks

This might seem counterproductive, but there are many pros to taking a break while studying. If you spend hours studying, you’ll be very tired and end up zoning out. Try using the Pomodoro technique to help you stay productive while you take enough breaks. 

Set Goals

Even if you love your course, studying isn’t always fun. But setting goals can help you stay both focused and motivated to do your best. The satisfaction you get from setting small and achievable goals will keep you determined to concentrate and accomplish long term ones. 

Create a Routine

This is another part of training your brain. A routine teaches your mind that there are certain parts of the day where you have to concentrate and do your work, and other times to relax. With this tip, consistency is key. It’s better to study for two hours each day than to study 12 hours in one day.  

Good to Know

Lack of concentration shouldn’t be ignored, as it can sometimes be a symptom of medical issues such as a learning disability or poor mental health. If switching up your study routine does not work, you should make an appointment with a medical professional. There is no shame in getting the help you need to reach your full potential. 

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Tamsyn Gallie
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