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5 tips for more concentration during the exam phase
Concentration = 0
Do you know that? You are sitting at your desk and are now trying to read something through for the hundredth time.
But it just doesn't want to get into your brain !!
Then a Facebook post pops up and you read through it first. Ah then a friend of yours posted a totally cool video. In addition, a friend writes whether you have something planned for tomorrow evening and of course you answer.
And already 30 minutes have passed and you still haven't studied and give up?
Your concentration is at zero.
It was exactly the same for me. When I sat studying in the evening and then a good series came on TV. When I wrote a blog post and my phone vibrated every five minutes, or when a friend posted photos from last night's party on Facebook. I was back on the couch faster than I could see. For this reason, I had found out how I can increase my concentration and have already implemented the tips successfully. I would like to share the tricks with you:
5 tricks for more concentration while learning
Trick 1: The right design of your study and workplace
In order to be able to concentrate properly while learning, it is important that the basic requirements are right. This includes your workplace. Find a place at home or in another place where you are undisturbed. That means as little noise as possible.
In addition, your study area should be provided with enough light. Daylight is best. If that is not enough, you should use additional lamps to ensure this.
Remove all disturbing noises and objects. By objects I mean, for example, books or magazines that have nothing to do with your current learning topic. You should also put your cell phone away. Turn it off or set it to silent.
Last but not least, put all aids to hand at your workplace beforehand. Nothing disturbs your concentration more than when you have to get up in the middle and start looking.
I can do that very well now. I have set up my study place according to these tips and lo and behold, without a mobile phone and with good preparation, it can be learned much better.
Trick 2: plan enough breaks
Concentration phases last between 30 - 60 minutes. In between it is important to take breaks. 10 minutes is enough, more than a quarter of an hour, but it shouldn't be. Otherwise you are completely outside again and have to familiarize yourself with the topic again. The Pomodoro technique helps immensely here.
Exercise breaks are especially great. Do some stretches or get some fresh air. It can help immensely and you will go to work with new energy. I often make myself a coffee and sit outside on the balcony for a moment. Of course only in summer: D. In winter I try stretching my back and neck. They hurt very quickly when I've been sitting at my desk in some strange posture.
So-called power napping also increases your concentration. The Japanese have already shown the way 😉. 10 minutes of sleep are enough to get energized to go back to action.
But be careful: power napping has to be learned! In the beginning I extended my alarm clock five times and slept for two hours and then it was over with studying. But it can work. But you have to train your bastard a bit.
Trick 3: Eat the right diet and get enough sleep
During exam preparation, you may be doing less exercise, so an unhealthy diet shouldn't be added 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 already know that. Even so, you will probably find yourself often not doing it.
My tip: I put a glass and the water bottle next to it. Always refill when the glass is empty. In the beginning you should just force yourself. Then at some point it will all work by itself.
On a “learning day” breakfast should be a MUST. Because this is the only way you can get on with the first tasks, full of vigor and focused. And for my part, I'm a total breakfast fan anyway. Anyway, I'm only approachable after coffee and toasted jam and can be used for something.
I also recommend that you choose your foods wisely. It doesn't do you any good if you order a pizza (because it's so convenient 😉 and of course delicious) and then want to continue working with an overfilled stomach. Doesn't work because then you are pretty sluggish afterwards. So you should avoid the feeling of heaviness.
In between, fruits and vegetables are a great source of energy.
Trick 4: Get rid of energy thieves and avoid being overwhelmed
What really gets on your nerves and lets your concentration drop are the energy thieves. That could be the partner's clothes lying around, the untidy apartment, the music from the flatmate, which is just booming loudly from his room again.
There are small things, but you still get excited and that takes strength.
You should get rid of these energy thieves before you start studying. Because you cannot study with concentration for so long as long as the problems persist and are not resolved.
Sometimes you just have to think about yourself. I know it's hard. "How do I tell him now that he should turn the music down, please?" Very easily. Just like that. As long as you are polite and choose your words carefully, he shouldn't have a problem with being a little quieter for an hour.
And the partner? “Why doesn't he just put his stupid clothes away? I always have to clear away after him. "
Well there is a very simple trick: don't do it! Just say that you mind when everything is lying around. I do too. In the meantime we have split up the work very well.
Sometimes “opening your mouth” can work wonders.
And what is meant by excessive demands?
Just be careful not to spend too much on a day of study. Yes there is a lot to learn. But you know that soon enough, don't you? Make a plan for when to learn what. That immediately takes a lot of pressure off.
Start studying early enough. Don't procrastinate. Plan your time properly. Because learning under pressure works, but if it gets too much it will only weaken your concentration and that would be unproductive.
And now last but not least:
Trick 5: Do concentration exercises
I only recently discovered concentration exercises for myself. They are super easy to integrate into everyday life. And in my opinion, they have greatly improved my ability to concentrate.
I would like to briefly explain my three favorites to you:
Concentration exercise 1: counting letters
This is a relatively simple exercise with potential for improvement. Work out an article or a passage of text. For example, now count all “K”. At the beginning you can still use a pen for counting, later you should leave it out. And if that works out well, look for several letters at once. Believe me, at some point you have to concentrate a lot.
Concentration exercise 2: counting steps
That's great. Because you can do that anywhere. On the way to work or, for example, while jogging. Just count your steps as you walk. If you have miscounted, you have to start all over again.
It gets really difficult when you're talking to someone on the side. Or if you only count every second or third step.
Concentration exercise 3: write mirror-inverted
Personally, I find the exercise particularly difficult. It's best to start with your name first. If that works out well, try to write longer and longer sentences in reverse. I'm currently working on the task. 😉
Yes, that's it, the five tips for more concentration while learning. I noticed for myself that with these five tricks my ability to concentrate has increased enormously. Not everything is necessarily right or feasible for everyone. Nevertheless, if you only take two or three tricks to heart, you can hope for more concentration while learning 😉
If all of that is not enough, check out Luisa's tips to boost her attention:
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