When you sit down to study is it difficult to pay attention to what you are reading? Do you have to go back and read a sentence, paragraph, or whole page again because you can’t remember what you just read? You aren’t alone. Lots of people, including adults, say they struggle with this kind of focus problem. If you have a test coming up or you really need to be focused on your studying, try out these 3 ideas.
- Exercise vigorously for 45-60 minutes. There is solid evidence that exercise produces brain-derived proteins that boost focus and learning. Start studying within an hour and a half after you exercise.
- Find the best study environment for YOU! The same setting will not work for everyone. Some people need a totally quiet spot but others need some background buzz. Try lying on the floor or sitting on a stool rather than at a desk. Some students study better when moving, so see if you can walk around your room while reading, or try doing your math while riding an exercise bike.
- Ask your family to help you. Of your phone is a distraction, ask mom or dad to hide it from you for an hour. See if one of them will bring you a healthy snack. Set up a time towards the end of your studies where you can ask them for help if you need it.