I am specially writing this article for students who are not able to concentrate on studies.
With some experiences and knowledge ,I will try to help you and tell you how to concentrate on studies better.
Now when we hear the word “concentration” the first thing that comes to our mind is books but its power is much beyond that. There are very few things that you can do nicely without good concentration. Even in sports that seems to require lots of physical labor also needs a strong concentration power.
We have discussed many times how competition is increasing day by day. This means if you want to be the best then you have to be good at every count. And if you have a good concentration power then you are in advantage.
So, in this article we will discuss few ways of developing a great concentration. The method that I have described in this article came from my own experiences and few tips that my psychiatrist gave me during few of my sessions with him few years ago. Let us begin!
10 Tips to improve concentration for studies
1. Meditation Practice
You must have seen in many Chinese movies how monks are using concentration to do something which we even might call supernatural and they give the credits of their power to meditation. So, I think if meditation can help them do such amazing things then it surely can help us to do work that require a level of concentration.
I have done meditation for sometime myself and what I have noticed is that it calms your mind. When your mind is completely calm it provides a great control over your body. Those people who have to study a lot should meditate before studying and if possible even in the small breaks that you take.
Since past few years the Chinese people are making a mark in practically every field even in Olympics. I truly believe that meditation plays a strong part behind it.
2. Avoid multi-tasking
I have seen people bragging about how they can do so many things at a single time and to be really honest I also use to get impressed by it until I read an article about a research conducted on a group of people. It showed, people who did multitasking had problems in concentrating. When I say multitasking, it means, watching TV while studying or listening to music while doing some work. This is very true. I myself had problems in concentrating when I did multitasking.
When you do multitasking what actually happens is the speed of you performing a task, falls. So, I think taking one task at a time is better then taking a lot at once. It ensures a task taking place at a good pace and it also increases the quality of work.
The logic behind it is very simple. I read it many-many years in a book. It was something like this. A professor is explaining his student how if the light of sun is focused at a point with the help of a lens then it can produce so much heat energy that it can even burn a piece of paper.
His point behind this was if we concentrate our whole energy to do a single task then we can do it much better and I completely agree with him. You can try it to because it won’t cost you to try it once but if you learn something from it then it is worth it.
3. Avoid Listening music for long time
Listening to music for a very long time leads to decrement of your concentration level. Few years back I went to a psychiatrist regarding the same problem. When he asked me about my music love he was amazed when I told him that I listened to music for about 8 hours in a day. Initially, I thought what he was asking was irrelevant . But when he explained about the chemical changes that music brings to our brain I understood his point of view.
So, I reduced the time of my music love to a minimum level and the results that I got were astonishing. Now, I could concentrate better and for long. And since now days pretty much everyone have an i-pod or MP3 player, even mobile phone can provide quite a good level of music.
Everyone is kind of addicted to music which I have told is not good for your concentration. I am not saying to completely ban it from your life but just try to control the amount of time you spend in it to a basic level.
4. Sexual tension
It has been observed that people with sexual tension building up inside them has low concentration power. Their mind are always preoccupied with unresolved issues. There is no place left to think anything else. People in this category are generally the once who don’t have a partner or don’t have enough time to dissolve this tension. This makes them irritated all the time. Due to which they can’t concentrate in anything else.
5. To achieve you must believe
If you keep telling yourself that you can do something then you’ll sure be able to do it. I saw a movie in which a boy was told to repeat a sentence as many times as he can. The sentence was “To achieve you must believe”.
When you tell yourself that you can concentrate then you probably will be able to do it. It is all about thinking positive. I think this is applicable to everything in life. If you think you can’t do something then no matter how talented you are or how hard you work, you won’t be able to do it. You lose before even beginning the race and if you think positive then you are one step ahead.
6. Make a habit
When I was in High School I attended a seminar of a priest. He was telling us about how he turned his body into an alarm clock, i.e, he would wake up exactly at 5 A.M without the use of any alarm. He said, “He trained his body in such a way that he is able to do that”. That made me think that our body is like a machine, so, we can make it work the way we want it to work by putting in the right input.
If you study at a particular time everyday then your body takes it as an input and will work with you in perfect synchronization at that time. You’ll find that you can concentrate more and your grasping power will also increase at the time of the day.
7. Scheduled work
There are two kinds of people, one who work according to a schedule and other who don’t work with a schedule. From what I know the people in first category are always in advantage. The reason behind this is very simple. When you work using a schedule your mind doesn’t waver around. Therefore, this increases your concentration power.
On the other hand, if you don’t follow a schedule instead of choosing a path you keep wandering around. This leads to your concentration suffering.
There are 2 kinds of pressure; active and passive. In this article, we will be discussing about active pressure because it is something that we can have a solution of. And as we have no control over passive pressure we won’t be discussing about it.
I read an article which said that people take tension upon themselves. I call this “Active pressure”. How people take pressure? It is like people think about their destination so much that they forget about the path in which they are walking. Due to this they lack focus.
So, it is better to do what you have to do instead of worrying about things that can happen. There is a saying among Hindu’s that says, “You should do your work without thinking about what you can get back from it”. If you do this a great load will be removed from your back, hence, you can concentrate better.
9. Yoga Practice
It is believed that few positions of yoga can really help you increase your concentration. One of them is “head stand”. When you do a head stand the circulation of blood moves to your brain and maximizes concentration. Apart from that it is also good for your eyes and hairs.
But some people also say that if you have weak hair, then, head stand can destroy them further. There is a solution to this too. We just need an exercise which directs the flow of blood to your head.
One simple Yoga exercise for improving concentration.
STEP 1 - Sit on a standard yoga position (legs folded)
STEP 2 - Move your hands back and hold each other around the area of hip.
STEP 3 – Now move your forehead to your left knee while exhaling and move back to your position, inhaling.
STEP 4 - Do the same for right knee.
STEP 5 - Repeat this for at least 10 times.
This exercise does the same things what head stand does but good thing about it is that it doesn’t cause any physical damage to hair.
10. Be Comfortable
There can be many things that you may find irksome which works as a hurdle to your concentration.
Clothes – If you are not comfortable with what you are wearing then it will be difficult for you to concentrate because it will work as a great distraction. So, key here is to wear loose clothes and get perfectly comfortable before you even get started with your work.
Surrounding – Your surrounding also plays a vital role in you getting that perfect concentration. If it is very cold or hot or humid you won’t be able to concentrate well.
Posture – A correct posture, especially, while studying is very important. If you study lying down you feel sleepy and will lack concentration.
Your opinion – How to concentrate on studies
These were few of my methods from my experiences and knowledge. Out of these I think meditation is one of the strongest and kind of permanent cure for people lacking to concentrate. None of them have any side-effects, so, you can try them yourself and unlike pharmaceutical products these are free too. Like I have my own techniques you also might be having some of yours. So, please do share them with us no matter how weird they are because sometime even the most bizarre things can work wonders.