Maintaining concentration levels is one of the hardest aspects of studying, especially if you don’t feel very passionate about the subject you’re learning. Concentration is one of the key factors behind exam success, however, and your concentration levels while studying will impact your performance in your exams. Here are some tips to help you improve your concentration, so you can make the most of your study time.
Create a quiet space
Make sure you choose somewhere quiet and free of distractions to study, where you won’t be interrupted. A polite suggestion is to put your phone on silent so you won’t be disturbed by other people. Set a rule for yourself to not answer any calls or text for a certain period of time.
Work out your most productive study time
Some people work better in the morning, while others work better in the afternoon or evening. Try to identify your ideal study time early on, and tailor your day around that. Often, it’s more psychologically rewarding to try and get as much done as possible early in the day; however different people will have different study habits.
Make sure you’ve met your basic needs
Sitting down to study when you’re tired, hungry, thirsty, or distracted by events in your personal life will hinder your concentration, no matter how good your study tools are. Make sure you’re well rested and have had something to eat and drink before you start studying. If you find you are thinking about people or events outside your study session or you are daydreaming, try not to get caught up in your thoughts and put them aside until later.
Break down large subject areas into smaller topics
Breaking down large subject areas into smaller topics helps make them less daunting. The iFlipTips app is perfect for this task, as it allows you to create digital flashcards containing text, audio, video, and images. Learning information in bite-sized pieces helps improve your concentration, and speeds up your learning process.
Do one thing at a time
Don’t try to study multiple subjects or topics at the same time, as you will just confuse yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the amount you have to learn, try creating a study plan, with hourly slots for each subject. iFlipTips is useful for ensuring you only study one thing at a time, as you can separate your flashcards into different folders, and keep relevant cards together. You can also use iFlipCards, a tool within iFlipTips, to test your knowledge of a single topic before moving on to the next.
Start the Hardest Subject area or Topic First
It’s tempting to leave the subjects we find difficult until we’ve learned all the easier topics first. Working on the hardest subjects before anything else, however, will give you more time to go back and make sure you’ve learned the information thoroughly. Taking a break between topics allows you to process the information you’ve learned, and test your recall. When organizing study notes in iFlipTips, especially if you’re using the folders to create a study calendar, arrange sub-folders and files with the hardest subjects first, so you’re not tempted to skip to the easier subjects and leave the hard work for later.
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