How To Keep Focus

The television changes frames every two seconds, teaching our eyes to become accustomed to constant movement and constant change. Emphasis is put on attention to detail, which causes some to mentally stray from the overall picture. Our society is a continuity of distraction. Technology reigns, and our attention spans are submissive to it, all without us noticing their impacts on our mental capabilities. Here are tips to keep focus when you’re studying or in class.

Turning off your cell phones in class is a sign of respect to the teacher. (photo by yuichirock)

Tip One: Keep Constant

As I stated in this post, one is able to recall information easier if they are in the same location that they were when they learned the material. If possible, stay in the same seat during class to the best of your ability. The scenario that you have accustomed to learning will help you learn, just as laying in bed and reading will teach your body that the bed is not a place for sleeping.

Tip Two: Turn Off Media

As a sign of respect to your mentors, teachers, and professors, it is best to turn off your phones and other technologies. If your phone is on, even in a silent mode, you may still be distracted by the lights, the not-so-silent sounds that claim utmost silence, or perhaps your boredom will get the best of you and you will attempt to keep yourself receptive by texting or checking your e-mails during class. The truth that people do not see (including drivers), is that your texts, your calls, your voice mails, and your e-mails will still be there when you turn it back on. It is completely and entirely okay to not respon.

Tip  Three: Take Notes

When you jot down notes in class, it helps to aid in your memorization of it because there is more than one sense involved in the acquisition. If one was to take notes, not only would there be a better chance of the knowledge being transferred to long term memory, but one would also appear to be listening and respectful of the person lecturing.

Tip Four: Take Care of Your Body

With adequate amounts of sleep and getting exceptional nutrition, one can retain more information and be better prepared for tests and classwork. Up until nineteen years old, one’s body will need roughly eight to ten hours of sleep. Most students receive between five and seven. There is a direct correlation between the amount of sleep you get and the amount of effort and retained information that you can utilize.

One must take into account that I am referring to the ordinary person, excluding people with disorders such as ADHD and ADD that may prohibit them from being able to focus. There are many things one can do to help themselves focus well in class and in their everyday lives. Though our society is teaching us distraction after distraction, we must persevere: there is a time for distraction and a time for focus. Education happens to fall in the latter.

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