Studying can be difficult and one of the hardest parts for most students is paying attention during lengthy lectures. Research has shown that the average mind loses concentration between five to ten times every minute, which is why sitting in a class for one to three hours can feel like quite a chore.
The good news though, is that you can improve your concentration level with the next few tips we’ll be providing. They are not only guaranteed to help you focus in the classroom but, in other areas of life as well. Majority of these tips would require you to do a lot of work outside the classroom. This is because the mind is an entity of its own and if you want to take control of it, then your lifestyle needs to change.
Find out time every day to sit still and focus on nothing –yes, nothing! According to Ekhart Tolle, one of the reasons why you cannot concentrate is because your mind is making too much noise. So when you meditate, keep a clear and blank mind. A helpful tip for meditation, if sitting still and keeping a blank mind is hard for you, is to find a flower and study it all through your meditation time. Of course, your mind would wander many times but as you continue the practice in consistency, it will become easier to keep your mind free of thoughts.
You need to make exercising as regular as an hour in one day for at least three days in a week. The reason this is helpful for mental concentration is because it releases any form of stress or tension in every part of the body. It also requires a lot of perseverance which subconsciously builds your concentration while you are trying to reach your goal (for example, completing 10 reps of lunges). Also, remember to stay hydrated. This helps your body and mind to stay active and refreshed.
- Set out ‘Worry Time’
This is a time you have specifically set aside to think about all your plans and other things that constantly creep into your mind. If possible, write all these things in a journal as your day starts prior to your Worry Time. If they come up again in your mind while you are in class, remind yourself that you have set out time to think about them and draw your attention back to class.
- ‘Be Here Now’
When you feel your mind drifting away in class, tell yourself to “be here now” even though realizing that your mind is drifting away is already an important step. Practice this technique in other aspects of your life and soon enough, you will master the art of concentration.
- Spider concentration technique
If a spider feels vibrations on its web thinking it has caught a prey and it finds nothing every time it goes to check it out, then the next time it feels a vibration, the spider would ignore it. This is a typical scenario of how the human mind should work. The mind is like a child that is trying to get the attention of the parent (you) by offering things to occupy or distract you but in the end, the parent still has control over their child. So when your mind offers distractions, re-focus your attention to what is important.
Remember that consistency is a test for your concentration strength. If your goal is to pay better attention in class, then follow these tips consistently and don’t give in to the tricks of your mind to quit.
BY: TUNROLA TOLUWASE