Tips on How to Stay Focused: Improve Your Concentration

Tips on How to Stay Focused: Improve Your Concentration

How many times have you sat and tried to focus on a project or assignment, only to find your mind wandering? Despite your best efforts, you just can't concentrate. We've all been in this familiar, frustrating situation. Many students complain about their lack of ability to focus and concentrate as their minds race from one thing to another as their thoughts run all over the place. The trick is to use the right strategies to help improve your concentration skills and apply them to your studies. Don’t panic or be overly discouraged, almost everyone has the ability to concentrate.

We’ve all had days where we can’t seem to focus. For some of us, those days are more common than we’d like, but you don’t have to go to extremes. Here are some easy tips to help increase your productivity:

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Environment is everything. Dedicate a space for completing work and other assignments; whether it’s the library, your room, or a friend’s home, it is essential to have a place that will enhance your concentration, not impede it. Keep this study area a distraction free zone- this means no TV, video games, or phones anywhere near this space. Consider stocking this space with all of the things you will need to complete your tasks, so that you don’t break your concentration by getting up to retrieve supplies. Some other tips include:

  • Calming music
  • Draw up a study timetable in correlation with energy levels at different times of the day
  • Divide your work into sections

Having a million things to do can create a major focus problem for anyone. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of projects and assignments, extracurricular activities, and social obligations you have, it can be difficult to clear your head long enough to concentrate on any one task. This is why prioritizing is imperative. Determine the most important responsibilities and forget the rest. The less you have to do, the more you’ll be able to focus on the things that matter.

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3 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Academic Performance

3 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Academic Performance

Grad students are plagued by self-doubt and wonder if they’ll make it through the week—let alone the semester. When everyone else seems to be doing well, it’s easy to believe that you’re the only one struggling. In reality, these feelings get to everyone whether they’ll admit it or not. Research shows us, however, that there are simple things that you can do to improve study habits, grades, and even motivation for learning.

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Studying Habits in Grad School

Studying Habits in Grad School

How were your study habits during undergraduate school? It might surprise you to know that even if you earned straight As, you’ll need to adjust your studying habits according to your grad program. For the next 2–5 years, you’ll be faced with plenty of challenges, so it’ll be best if you’re prepared and already know about some differences between undergrad and grad school. Here are some helpful tips that you can use, whether you just started grad school, you’re almost done with grad school, or if grad school is just a twinkle in your eye.

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How To Pull an All-Nighter

How To Pull an All-Nighter

I hope you’ve been able to read through my current blog series about adjusting to life as a graduate student and getting used to the many changes that occur when you come from either undergraduate school or the work force and start your graduate career. As part of the transition, sleeping schedules tend to change and, most of the time, worsen, the more time you’re in grad school. However, there are plenty of ways to adjust your sleeping patterns, no matter what your usual sleeping schedule looks like. If you didn’t get a chance to read the first part of adjusting to graduate school by getting better sleeping habits, then take a look at it HERE. For this post, I want to give some healthy tips of how you can break those sleeping habits in healthy ways.

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6 Ways Grad School Changes Your Life: How To Deal

6 Ways Grad School Changes Your Life: How To Deal

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of spring and is still pushing forward in their graduate school journey. My next series will be about how to best adjust to various situations in graduate school and is geared for all graduate students: brand new students who are fresh out of undergraduate programs, students who have already been in the graduate program for a few years, students who came back to school after being in the workforce, and even students who have made a career out of attending school by earning multiple grad degrees. The next blogs in the series are being written with all of you in mind who are finding difficulties in adjusting to graduate schools many facets.

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