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How to Improve Your Concentration

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Do you have English exams looming? Are you struggling to focus? Here are our top tips to help you get in the right headspace to study

  • Choose a Work Zone

Pick a place that you only go to work and where you can switch off all other distractions while you’re there. Somewhere that’s designed to be quiet, like a library, is often a good idea, or you could consider signing up for a co-working space to give yourself an “office” to work in.

If you’re more comfortable working in in a coffee shop or somewhere else with a bit of buzz, that’s fine too. Even a corner in your bedroom is fine, so long as you only use it to work (DON’T study on your bed).

The important thing is that you can turn off your phone, resist the urge to check in on social media, and really focus on what you need to do.

  • Choose One Thing at a Time

It’s a really bad idea to give yourself a task that’s too big, for example: “Today I’m going to revise grammar!” There’s no way you can revise all the grammar you need for your exams in a single day. It’s too much to take in and you won’t remember it.

Instead, break up all the revision you need to do into smaller, manageable chunks or topics. Focus on revising one at the time, using memorising techniques to get them really stuck in your mind.

  • Schedule Breaks

When you don’t know how long you have to work on a task, it’s easy to let your mind wander or to procrastinate. It’s much more effective to divide up your work into shorter bursts, for example half an hour or an hour, with a 5-10 minute break at the end. Decide what you want to achieve in that time, push yourself to do it, and save anything else you need to do until the next break.

  • Exercise

Sitting in one spot all day long, or for many days in a row, will send your brain to sleep. You need to keep your energy levels up and keep oxygen flowing to your brain cells!

Making sure you squeeze in at least half an hour of exercise each day will really improve your overall concentration, whether that’s a gym session, a swim, a dance or exercise class, a bicycle ride, or just taking the dog for a walk.

  • Get Plenty of Sleep

Don’t overdo it. Working through the night and getting no sleep just means your brain won’t function at its best. Your memory will be affected and you’ll struggle to remember what you’ve learned.

Try to organise your day so that you finish studying at least an hour before you want to go to sleep and then do something to relax and clear your mind, like have a bath or read a book. Avoid TV last thing at night as the blue light is known to disturb sleeping patterns, and if you want to read on your phone or tablet, change the settings to the “yellow light” instead.

That way, you are much more likely to get a good night’s sleep and wake up in the morning refreshed and ready to learn.

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