7 tips for better concentration for study

7 tips to get concentration and increase efficiency of studying

In modern society, a speed of information is getting faster and new technology is developing one after another.

As a result, we are forced to live busy lives.

To adapt with such a fast moving society, we need to progress as well. However we don’t have enough time. That’s why “efficiency” is a key to modern people.

So today, I will tell you 7 ways to acquire concentration and increase the efficiency of studying.



7 tips for better concentration for study

 

1. Free your mind from earthly thoughts

You can’t learn anything if your mind is filled with pointless, earthly thoughts. You first need to get rid of them. To do so, concentrate on onething. Humans can think only one thing at a time.

 So dare yourself to concentrate on one thing, and that can remove your earthly thoughts from your mind. A typical ways is to take a deep breath. Concentrate on breathing in and out, and don’t think about anything else. You can concentrate just on breathing for first few minutes.

 However, as people likely to get bored by repetition, your pointless thoughts will start to come back to your mind again. If that happens, try breathing again. This requires some practice, but if you can make yourself concentrate on breathing longer, you can concentrate longer on your studying too.

 

2. Study 40 minutes and rest 20 minutes

It is said that concentration of people can last for about 40 minutes.

Recall your school days. The length of concentration was taken into consideration that the classes in elementary school were about 40 to 50 minutes each. Also, human’s brain is easy to get bored.

So to acquire higher concentration, take 20 minutes of rest after studying for 40 minutes, and let your brain experience different impulse.

 

3. Get stick to your memory

Many of you might have heard of “The forgetting curve of Ebbinghaus”. According to Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist, people forget things at following rate. 

Time elapsed    ⇒    a percentage of memory

20 minutes      ⇒    58%

1 hour          ⇒    44%

1 day           ⇒    26%

1 week          ⇒    23%

1 month         ⇒    21%

By reviewing efficiently, you can stand against this lapse of memory.

In the study of educational psychologists T. Buzan and P. Lassen, reviewing for 45 minutes after studying, then 10 minutes later for 5 minutes, 1 day later for 5 minutes, 1 week later for 3 minutes, 1 month later for 3 minutes and a half a year later for 3 minutes, is effective. By having an interval between each reviewing, you can efficiently review with shorter times and can have longer memory, and you can recall your memory easily.

 

4. Write

What do you usually do when taking a test? You write. Writing is an output, contrary to an input from seeing. Especially in essay questions, study by “writing” is very important. When you write as you study, you can remember English spelling or difficult Kanji. Rather than just looking at the textbook, you can concentrate and efficiently study by writing out important parts from the textbook.

 

5. Use an image

You might have an experience of recalling a scene of your teacher explaining something, while you are taking a test.

That’s because the scene is remained as an image in your mind. Didn’t you make sentences to memorize atomic symbols when you are a student?

By giving some meaning to meaningless things and make a connection, the memory will be fixed to your mind and your study efficiency will increase.

 

6. Eat nutritious foods

Do you know what the only nutrient a brain can use is?

It is glucose, which is sugar. Let’s take an example of TOEFL (an exam to take for studying in the US). This exam takes about 4 hours, and you get only 10 minutes of rest. By concentrating with the tense atmosphere, you get extremely tired and your concentration won’t last for such a long time.

 So the examinees were eating 2 bars of chocolate in the 10 minutes of break time. Eating 2 bars of chocolate in 10 minutes is harder than you expect, and I could only eat one, but it is necessary to give enough nutrients to your brain and to increase concentration.

 

7. Sleep well

“Just when I don’t have enough time, I can’t sleep to waste my time for studying.”

You may think so, but you should sleep well if you are thinking of studying efficiency. To sleep means to rest your body, but your brain is working while you are asleep and organizing your memory. For example, you were practicing to play instrument before you go to sleep. You could not play well, but on the next morning you can suddenly play well.

 This is called “Reminiscence phenomenon”, which means your performance develops after a certain amount of interval. You need to find a good way for this phenomenon to happen, and to study or practice something before you go to bed seems to be effective to have information fixed to your mind.

 

 

I  hope you liked my advice.

 

Time is not infinite, there is a limit. It is important to seek for ways to work efficiently in this busy society. Not by only just studying, but by being aware of concentration and efficiency, you can have a greatest result in shorter time.

 

Summary

7 tips for better concentration for study

1. Free your mind from earthly thoughts

2. Study 40 minutes and rest 20 minutes

3. Get stick to your memory

4. Write

5. Use an image

6. Eat nutritious foods

7. Sleep well