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?
- 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.
- Prioritize tasks and make a schedule for when you’re going to work on them.
- Try to study during times of day when you are most alert and awake.
- Unplug! Avoid attention-sapping sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest when you need to stay on-task.
- Take quick breaks to recharge.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated.
- Get adequate sleep each night and have a regular bed time. See sleep for more info.
- 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: