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How to maintain concentration while studying

Many of us face this problem and complain about not being able to concentrate while studying. These are a few steps that can help you concentrate in your studies.

1. Identify the best environment to help you concentrate
Knowing where you are best able to concentrate is imperative to making the most of your time. If you need to be holed up at a desk in a quiet room, then make sure you have a dedicated study space and let your family or roommates know that you’re not to be disturbed. For others, a coffeehouse might be preferable, but keep in mind that public areas can quickly get crowded and noisy. So choose your study place carefully.

2. Minimize distractions 
Trying to study with the television and a dozen tabs open on your web browser is going to make it difficult to focus on your studies. Remove distractions, including your phone, from your workspace. Minimise social media. It may seem like it does not distract you but instead helps you to refresh. This is not true. It distracts the most. You open your account for a few minutes but think of it the whole day. 

3. Write a to-do list 
It’s common to look at everything you need to get done and get overwhelmed. Breaking up your studying into smaller tasks will make it easier to manage your time and provide a sense of accomplishment. This process also makes your goals more straightforward, so it’ll be harder to get lost in your workload.

4. Schedule study time
Rather than scramble to meet deadlines, set aside time in your weekly schedule to study. In the long run, you’ll get used to studying at a certain time each day, and avoid the unnecessary stress caused by cramming sessions or all-nighters.

5. Make healthy snack choices 
Don’t let food drag you down. Choose snacks that will give you energy rather than ones that will make you lethargic. Again, this is where planning your study time can make a big difference. For example, if you’re going straight to class or the library from work, pack a healthy snack to help you push through rather than rely on the vending machine or fast food.

6. Take breaks
Our brains aren’t meant to study for hours on end without any type of break. Instead, focus on a project for a 30- to 45-minute sprint, then break for a few minutes before moving to the next item on your list.

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