How to concentrate when studying

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

“Sine theta squared plus cosine theta squared equals to one, secant theta squared equals to one plus tangent theta squared… Ah! Help me!”

Math Lobby believes that majority of the students have faced such situation at least once in their education journey throughout the years, regardless of the level of education you were in. It can be difficult to concentrate when studying especially during the adolescence period which all of us just wants to be active and play. This can be extremely demotivating if it happens on a regular basis. Therefore, today Math Lobby is here to help! We will be discussing and sharing some tips and tricks to help you stay focused during your revision sessions, so let’s begin!

1. Take interval breaks during each study sessions

We know that students have been reminded about their assignments’ deadlines and homework to complete, but studying is a long-term marathon and no quality work will ever be produced if you are unable to stay focused during your study sessions.

We are sure you have heard this a thousand times (if you haven’t, then this is the time), break up your long study sessions and have short breaks during the intervals. Studies shows that taking breaks in between ninety-minutes study sessions can help to improve one’s attention abilities. However, the activities that you do during these short breaks you take matters as well:

2. Go soft and slow with the music

We are aware that many students love to listen to music when they are studying, using it as a way to block off noises around the vicinity. However, it is important to know what types of music to listen to in order for it to increase our productivity, and not be a counterproductive distraction to us instead.

Studies show that music with the tempo of around 60-70bpm (or beats per minute) like Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” or Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” helps students to build concentration endurance and retain more information. The volume of the music is an important key to note as well, keeping the volume at a low, just sufficiently audible volume would be optimal and prevents it from turning into a distraction instead.

3. Let your television and phone rest while you are studying

Despite televisions and phones being electronic gadgets that can function endlessly as long as you keep it charged, we should give it some rest at some point in time. There’s no better time to do this compared to when we need to avoid distractions while studying.

In our modern day and age, our phones stick to us on a daily basis, which makes us feel uncomfortable or insecure without it. We tend to be constantly checking for text messages or the next gaming notifications reminding us about “energy refills”.