When you’re a student, it can be difficult to filter out all the distractions you face in a day; with ever-increasing technology invading pretty much every part of our lives, it can be hard to stay focused in school or when studying at home. Not only that, it’s not easy to stay interested in material when you’ve been working on it for a while, and you might find that your mind starts to wander. As your attention wanes, so do your grades, and this can spell trouble if you aren’t careful.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to keep your mind engaged and focused; the key is to try a few different methods to find what works for you. Here are some of the best.
Put away those devices
It’s hard to concentrate when your phone or tablet is pinging at you every few seconds, so put them away during class or when you’re studying. If you use a device for classwork, silence your notifications to keep them from pulling at your attention.
Exercise your brain
Keep your mind sharp by playing word games, puzzles, and other creative games, many of which can be downloaded to a device so you can do them anywhere. These will help you flex those brain cells and keep them active and healthy so that when your next class rolls around, you’ll be ready to soak up information and retain it.
Find a partner
Studying is no fun when you’re alone, so enlist the help of a friend or classmate to quiz you or go over course notes. You can even make a game out of it! Having a little fun can make a world of difference when it comes to learning.
Exercising daily can help you feel better, but it also releases oxygen-rich blood to your brain and can help you power up for that test. You don’t have to belong to a fancy gym; workout right in your home, take a jog, go for a swim, or take the dog on a brisk walk through the neighborhood.
Take care of yourself
Getting enough sleep is essential for being a successful student, so set a bedtime and stick to it as much as possible. There may be some required late nights for studying, but on the whole, you should be getting eight hours of good sleep. Try putting your phone or laptop away at least a couple of hours before bedtime, as looking at a screen can interfere with your sleep cycle, and do something relaxing--like take a hot shower--before you hit the sheets.
Consider asking for help
If you feel like your grades just aren’t where they could be--or if you’re having trouble concentrating in a particular class--consider getting a tutor to help you out. A tutor can help you discover what type of learner you are--whether you need visual or auditory stimulation, for instance--and can assist you in finding new ways to retain information.
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