You may find your mind wandering when you are trying to concentrate on your studies. When you can’t pay attention to the material, you are wasting time. You will not be learning or retaining the information. Instead of pushing forward, take a break and do one of these quick mind exercises. These exercises will help develop concentration and recenter your focus on the material.
Success Consciousness suggests choosing an inspiring word or phrase to focus on for a few minutes. Close your eyes and repeat the phrase over and over, focusing on the phrase for five minutes.
Focus on your breath. Take deep breaths into the bottom of your belly. Try to focus only on your breathing for a few minutes. Set a timer for five minutes and breathe deeply. Breathing will improve your concentration and blood flow to your brain, which will improve your focus as you study.
Take a Walk
While it may not seem that walking is doing anything to improve your mind, studies show that short bursts of exercise can immediately boost your concentration. In addition to helping your focus, exercise can also improve your mood, which can make your studies more enjoyable.
It is a common tendency to tense up as you study. Sitting in a slightly uncomfortable chair will prevent you from feeling too cozy and drifting off. However, aches and pains that can arise from sitting too long will also be distracting. Take intermittent breaks to practice a few yoga poses. Stretching can eliminate tension that comes with stress and improve blood flow to the brain. When you are feeling loose and relaxed you will be able to concentrate.
Take time to visualize the exam you are preparing for. Imagine the room, what the other people will look like, how the test will look, and sounds you might here. Take time to imagine yourself feeling calm and in control. You can even visualize the grade you receive on your exam. This exercise will help you focus and it will help relieve anxiety about the exam. Many athletes depend on visualization for success in their event, the same approach can work for academics.
Use Your Time Wisely
These quick exercises can be done in a short five or ten minute break. Use your breaks wisely to improve your focus, concentration and ultimately your scores.
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