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There are two main misconceptions about concentration:
1. “Good” students can concentrate for hours at a time.
Not true. The average concentration span for a student reading a textbook is around 20 minutes. This means that as a student you should be aiming for a 20 – 30 minute study / work session before taking a 5 minute break in order to refresh and refocus.
There is the misconception that long hours of sustained concentration result in high productivity. Instead studies have shown that extended time at a desk or with a textbook reduces productivity, and regular short breaks are needed to re-energize and regain focus.
2. Some people naturally concentrate better than others.
Again, not true. Concentration is not an instinctive ability, but rather it is a skill that can be learned and with practice student can get better at it.
Attention (or concentration) and distraction are opposite ends of the same continuum. Studies show that it can take between 15 to 20 minutes for a person to regain their full attention on a task after having been distracted.
Anthony Funnell, in his article on distraction in an “attention economy” (2016), writes that there are five ways for dealing with distractions:
How often have you found yourself reading and re-reading the same section of a textbook, simply because your mind keeps wandering off? Below you’ll find a variety of strategies to help improve your concentration and reduce distractions.
The environment in which you work or study plays a role in your ability to focus and concentrate. By creating a comfortable environment the more likely you are to remain in it and stay focused.
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Keep track of your lecture times, assignment due dates and more.
The ultimate “to-do list” app. Rank tasks by priority, mark as completed, set reminders…the list is endless.
A paperless planner that keeps track of your timetable, due dates, tasks etc.
Saves EVERYTHING! Notes, photos, audio recordings, attachments, web articles. Syncs across devices and keeps your stuff safe.
Provides a safe home for your notes, documents, photos, videos. Safe, secure and easy to share.
Monitors your daily online habits so that you can become more productive.
Now you can squeeze in some exercise any time, anywhere.
Are those symptoms of the flu or just a serious case of bunkalitus?
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