Good Habits for Better Concentration

  • Intend to study and learn from the very beginning.  
  • Become interested in the subject so that your mind has a reason to read—to answer the questions. 
    • Look for points of view.
    • Question and dare to disagree
    • Predict the outcome
    • See connections/relations within the information

Know yourself:

  • Take advantage of your learning style and modality.
  • Use your positive aspects
  • Know the time of day you study best

Set clear and realistic goals:

  • Know what you are supposed to learn.
  • Concentrate on the focus of the material/information
  • Briefly outline tasks to be completed within each study block.

Exclude distractions:

  • Keep a “distractions list” and continually try to reduce it. (We are often distracted by the same things again and again, but we are usually unaware of these things.)

Know why you are studying. Ask yourself:

  • Why do I need this knowledge or information?
  • How is it relevant to me and what do I want to do with it?
  • How will I apply this in the future?

Frender, G. (2004). Learning to learn. Nashville, TN: Incentive Publications