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Study Skills: How to improve your concentration

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Causes of lack of concentration

One of the main causes of missing of what you are reading is a lack of concentration. When your attention wanders words slip by and leave you with little memory of what you have read. You may go through the motions of reading and studying, sometimes for hours at a time but end up with poor results.

  • Not being prepared to read and study
  • A lack of interest in the material
  • The material is too difficult
  • A lack of motivation
  • A lack of suitable goal
  • Too much noise or activity around you
  • Emotional problems
  • Being tired
  • Having to much to do

A major cause of not concentrating is not being interested in the work.If you are studying something you really want to, your attention generally will remain keen. However, when yu are reading something that you consider dull or boring, you will usually find it difficult. This is probably because you didn't prepare yourself properly to work on the task. If your lack of concentration is due to being tired or not being motivated, you may have to postpone the work until a more suitable time. Certainly a wise use of available time to read and study is one of the best remedies.

Fear of failure is another reason for poor concentration. Often the thought of failing an exam or assisgnment starts to take more time than the actual study and this in turn adds to your worry.

Here is a list of suggestions which will help you improve your power of concentration

1. Select a place you like to study and where there are few distractions

2. Plan your study time so that you will have enough time to finish your work.

3. Make sure that you have all the materials and resources you need to finish the assignment.

4. Develop a positive mental attitude to the task ahead. Think about finishing your work and try to do well.

5. Remember your purpose for studying and make this your goal. Question yourself about what you are studying and then read actively for the answers.

6. Work in short sessions of forty to fifty minutes and take regular breaks to avoid getting tired.

7. Make notes and summaries of the main points you are studying and refer to them to check your progress

8. Break your work into smaller units of study and mark each unit off as you complete it.

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I have created some slides that might help you improve your power of concentration, you can print it and post it in your room or just to look once in a while to guide you in your study. (You can also use these slides in PowerPoint presentations.)

IHTH (I hope this helps).


nagbushan on September 07, 2015:

Concentration hmm it comes only when the exams are near

chen on April 18, 2015:

this is great and helpful to me

Priti on November 19, 2014:

it is very important in our life.it help in whole life.

Rahul Singha on April 11, 2014:

thanks for the post..... and it really works

ritz rocks on February 13, 2014:

it helps a lot friends try these techniques and i asure u that u shall score well all the best and thanks for these tips

manasa on October 31, 2013:

Thanx a lot.I wil try to follow dis n achieve my goal n my lyf...

sallu on October 29, 2013:

thankx.....helpful post

Devang on October 06, 2013:

Ok I vill try this...I wish it will work because I really need help and I hav no option

Amjad sial on September 19, 2013:

useful for those who are de tracked from their goals

vishnu on April 15, 2013:

thank you so much for improving it is a good friend for us

AdventurousDave on April 08, 2013:

I love these tips on improving concentration :-)

Kevin Mincher has a brilliant strategy for improving your concentration. He coaches students to connect with their 'purpose'. When you identify what's driving you and believe in your ability to learn, then you improve your performance. You can watch Kevin's videos at http://getthegradesyouwant.com/

Rati on March 13, 2013:

Thank s a lot.

Nivetha on February 24, 2013:

These are very good. But it's a difficult task to follow them. Hope I will

Aastha on February 08, 2013:

Ok i will try out these tips. I think these will help me.Thanks for posting these tips. =)

Curtis on January 10, 2013:

very resourceful this information helped me a lot and will certainly help in the future.

likhita on December 15, 2012:

useful its really working

prasanth.india on December 03, 2012:

Not so good needed much more attention

aklesh on November 30, 2012:

share it all student right now

jinnuperfect on November 17, 2012:

it helps me out

ritika on October 25, 2012:

this was really helpful......!!!!

pooja on October 22, 2012:

I am a medical student n had given my final year exam but unfortunately i have failed in one of my paper although i had prepared well for the subject but due to some out of syllabus question n the change in the question pattern i have failed by 4 mark . M feeling too depressed n cant concentrate .Most of my friends hv cleared the xam . But i hope all d above tips help me to pass my paper. thank s

Utkarsh Joshi on September 06, 2012:

i hope it'll help to get rid of my bad concentration..........

yunus on August 26, 2012:


mishel on August 16, 2012:

thanks for these useful tips

narender kaur on August 05, 2012:

It is very useful.I like this very much.

sonam on August 03, 2012:

I hope i will follow these instrucitons and i will get a good result in my exams.Thanks for giving good tips in studies.

hghghghghg on July 25, 2012:

thanks you this really helped

vineela on July 21, 2012:

it helped me to gain more concentration than before .thanks a lot.

taran singh on July 16, 2012:

nic tips but i cant under stand when i am siting for study 15 to 20 min i will read that all i learn that but some time later my mind is distract for study i think about which things i need in my life like love , sports bike or money . pls help me tell my problem

jakie(mahi) on July 12, 2012:

nice tips frm u sir....i wil be able 2 cary ur words

rahul on July 02, 2012:

superrr vry nice thanks for giving valuable information on how to study thanks...

ronith on June 29, 2012:

it helps us very effectively and helps us to achieve our goals.

samana basnet on June 21, 2012:

superb ideas its really works and it is fruitful to me

Pavitra on June 17, 2012:

It was very useful.Thanks a lot

Neeraj on June 06, 2012:

nice instructions

nidhi pandey on May 25, 2012:


Antu on May 18, 2012:

It really works. . .so helpful

student on May 17, 2012:

I hope it will help me improve my concentration but i think i really have problem in my brain.Still thanks for good suggetions.

sandip on May 16, 2012:

its really gonna help me out...... m gonna try it

Lincoln on May 16, 2012:

Thanks for the advice

harshit on May 13, 2012:

yeah ! i agree to most of them ! have experienced this before ! works wonders ! thanks

having an exam tomorrow ! :)

jb on May 10, 2012:

nice suggestions thnk u so much.. i will concentrate on those u gven the tips

madhu on April 22, 2012:

i am very happy to read this from today on wards i will follow this all instructions

tresia on April 08, 2012:

thx alot,i will make it happn

swati on April 06, 2012:

good tips to get interest on reading;)

Mukesh on April 01, 2012:

really..it helped me a lot to change my attidude.

resham neupane on March 31, 2012:

great n thanks .i am doing it and when will u

saththu on March 31, 2012:

wow it is nice..........

cherrish on March 31, 2012:

i like the suggest & m improving in it

louromano on March 16, 2012:

Good make it keep gong!!

praju on March 04, 2012:

very...nice...i really like it

abhigna on March 02, 2012:

i learnt many things from this and now i am capable of getting more than the topper of our class

sumi on February 26, 2012:

yeah... this is very interesting. this is really encourage to me.

NIKHI on February 07, 2012:


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That is great article and really helpful. Thanks. Learn everything about howtoimprovestudy.com

jhonty bareto on February 01, 2012:

its cool i hope it works im in 10

NAQASH on January 31, 2012:

nice suggestions

FAWAZ FZ on January 28, 2012:

I LOVE IT..............Now iam in 10th.,,i hope it will work out

Ambily on January 18, 2012:

This is very helpful......

sahasra on January 17, 2012:

thanks for ur valuable tips sir...i will try my level best to follow this...

Amrita on January 12, 2012:

Its really good!But I'll try ma best to get result!THANX :-)

Melvin Porter89 on January 10, 2012:

I have read all the aspect given above and from today will do it and later will let you know how it worked over me.



Thank You

praveen on January 08, 2012:

i love those tips and i will try 2 follow thosetips

SYED SABIR on January 03, 2012:


sanjeeb on December 31, 2011:

it is really nice i ll try my best

tinkle on December 29, 2011:

thank you very much for for these tips.... they are really helpful for increasing concentration... :-)

Aarya on December 16, 2011:

Thank you so much for your kind information

janani on December 10, 2011:

i like it

yojana thapde on December 08, 2011:

woww its really nice.!

mubeen on December 05, 2011:

really very gud...

Vijay anand on December 01, 2011:

I seldom visit such pages. . . But ma marxx hav made me do tat. . . Nywys thrs an upcomin half yearly xam. . Lemme see ma performance in it . . Ill follow all the above mentioned tips and values. . . If it worx. . . Hats off to all hu hav posted in this page. .!

Ishhwarya on November 28, 2011:

ya let me see whether it works .if it works ill be grateful to you all.

Bharat ku. Patnaik on November 28, 2011:

It also good improvement for poor students....

adya on November 26, 2011:

its really very helpful.......

sitaram_more on November 23, 2011:

Yes it is really nice and also helpful to a study.

Mm Arun pradeep raj on November 21, 2011:

Good make it keep gong!!

hedayatullah arfi on November 17, 2011:

it is really nice i will also try......................

Bhimashankar on November 17, 2011:

valuable information

Veer on November 15, 2011:

Good suggestions. It is helpful.

Rishabh on November 13, 2011:

very helpful tips..........! i m gonna try this........

Hema on November 11, 2011:

very useful tips for concentration.

M.Zahid on November 09, 2011:

This point is very helpfull. i will get good result this information

mila on November 03, 2011:

if you want to be good at studies read this ya i'm gurantee

sandhiya on November 02, 2011:

its very useful to me... thanks...

Arjun on October 31, 2011:

I will try

Uday kiran on October 31, 2011:


sujeet kumar on October 30, 2011:

After reading all these which r discussed above, a positive strength i m feeling...and now i m to study....!!

kittu on October 29, 2011:

nyc to read n improve our studing skills ......

bindu on October 28, 2011:

i wil also try ths

Ashmeet Singh on October 25, 2011:

it really works....

Naziya.B.A on October 21, 2011:

I like this suggestions now onwords i will follow this

narayan soni on October 17, 2011:

good one

follow it .............................

Shankar on October 16, 2011:

its good,Thank you.

priya on October 15, 2011:

really good!!!

chinnu on October 08, 2011:

i am happy to read it...........it's helping me

Mahbub Jamal on October 08, 2011:


ABHIRAMI on October 07, 2011:


useful suggestions

tnks a lot

may be i'll work hard on dees tips


palak kansal on October 04, 2011:

yup...it really workzz...

Anjali parashar on September 29, 2011:

Hope these tips will help me out..

asreenu on September 27, 2011:

This is very useful for all.

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