6 *Useful* Tips to Try So You Can Focus Better While Studying

by Renee Isabella Aguila   |  May 15, 2023
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When you’re studying, one of the challenges you’ll go through is actually *focusing* on your tasks—especially if they’ve piled up. There could be distractions around you such as social media, an untidy desk, or you just simply don’t know where to start. These things can become quite overwhelming if you don't know how to handle them. But once you’ve learned how to concentrate better, it can definitely lead you to success. Having a better focus while studying is an important skill that can help you retain information and perform better in your academics.

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There are several ways to help you improve your focus such as minimizing distractions, setting goals, and taking regular breaks. To help you get started, we’ve prepared for you six life-saving tips. Read on:

1. Make a study plan


Before you hit the books, you should make a study plan to keep you organized. When you plan out what you need to study, you can make it easier for you to learn important subjects first. This helps avoid information overload—you’ll be less stressed. Additionally, having a study plan can help you manage your time. It lets you productively use your time so you can balance academics and your personal life with ease.

2. Create a relaxed study environment

A clean space makes way for a clear mind. If you’ll be studying at home, having a tidy study area lets you focus more on your lessons. This is because you won’t have to worry about too many things cluttering your desk. If you’ll study on-campus, however, it’s better to study in quiet areas that allow you to focus such as the library or a study lounge. You could also try listening to ambient music that will relax your senses to help you focus on your studies.

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3. Record the tasks you’ve completed

When you record tasks you’ve completed such as finishing a reading or answering mathematics exercises, you’ll be able to clear them from your mind. Recording the tasks you’ve completed will allow you to better focus on the next lessons you need to study. This also keeps you organized and productive because you get to see what you’ve accomplished so far for your study session. 

4. Don’t cram your lessons

While pulling all-nighters before major quizzes or tests might seem tempting, cramming your lessons isn’t effective because it can lead to the loss of important information you need to remember. You might become more stressed when cramming which won’t help you stay focused. It’s best to allocate enough time such as two to three study days before your tests so that you can better outline all the lessons you need to cover. Additionally, not cramming can also help improve your long-term memory so you could bring some lessons you’ve learned to the next year level—yay, stock knowledge! 


5. Avoid opening social media apps

When studying, it’s important to put your phone down or not have any social media app tabs open on your browser. Social media apps can be a major source of distraction—you might not notice you’ve been scrolling on your FYP for hours now. It will even make you cram even more because of the time you’ve spent scrolling. To minimize distractions while studying, you can close your social media apps, keep your phone on silent, or even put your phone out of reach so you can only focus on your learning materials. You can even try using apps that will reward you for not using your phone such as Forest, Offtime, and Side-Tracked.

6. Take breaks regularly

Finally, it’s important to take breaks regularly. During your study sessions, you should also make some time for breaks such as having snacks or watching an episode of your fave TV show, or playing a video game for an hour or two. Taking breaks can help refresh your memory, prevent burnout, relieve stress, and improve productivity. This will help prevent information overload and you can concentrate for your next study session. 


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