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  • The right environment and good self-care are essential for optimal concentration. The right environment and good self-care are essential for optimal concentration.



No Buckeye can be 100% focused 100% of the time. We all experience lapses in concentration. Sometimes it’s because we’re bored or disinterested in the subject. Sometimes it can be due to depression, anxiety, or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

What are some signs of poor concentration?

  • Easily distracted
  • Frequently forgetting or losing important items (e.g., keys, wallet, BuckID, etc).
  • Having to re-read the same passage multiple times in order to remember anything.

What can I do to improve concentration?

  1. Select the right environment for studying. This will be a place with good lighting, a comfortable chair, and a large table. (Here's a hint: this is NOT your bed!) Make sure to limit distractions in your study area.
  2. Prioritize tasks and make a schedule for when you’re going to work on them.
  3. Try to study during times of day when you are most alert and awake.
  4. Unplug! Avoid attention-sapping sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest when you need to stay on-task.
  5. Take quick breaks to recharge.
  6. Eat a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated.
  7. Get adequate sleep each night and have a regular bed time. See sleep for more info.
  8. Get moving. Physical activity can improve focus during the day.

Check out this article for a more in-depth look at improving concentration.

Still having problems?

Call CCS at 614-292-5766. We may be able to help you determine the underlying cause of your concentration difficulties. These other campus resources are also available to help: