Study Skills: How to improve your concentration

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Causes of lack of concentration

One of the main causes of missing of what you are reading is a lack of concentration. When your attention wanders words slip by and leave you with little memory of what you have read. You may go through the motions of reading and studying, sometimes for hours at a time but end up with poor results.

  • Not being prepared to read and study
  • A lack of interest in the material
  • The material is too difficult
  • A lack of motivation
  • A lack of suitable goal
  • Too much noise or activity around you
  • Emotional problems
  • Being tired
  • Having to much to do

A major cause of not concentrating is not being interested in the work.If you are studying something you really want to, your attention generally will remain keen. However, when yu are reading something that you consider dull or boring, you will usually find it difficult. This is probably because you didn't prepare yourself properly to work on the task. If your lack of concentration is due to being tired or not being motivated, you may have to postpone the work until a more suitable time. Certainly a wise use of available time to read and study is one of the best remedies.

Fear of failure is another reason for poor concentration. Often the thought of failing an exam or assisgnment starts to take more time than the actual study and this in turn adds to your worry.

Here is a list of suggestions which will help you improve your power of concentration

1. Select a place you like to study and where there are few distractions

2. Plan your study time so that you will have enough time to finish your work.

3. Make sure that you have all the materials and resources you need to finish the assignment.

4. Develop a positive mental attitude to the task ahead. Think about finishing your work and try to do well.

5. Remember your purpose for studying and make this your goal. Question yourself about what you are studying and then read actively for the answers.

6. Work in short sessions of forty to fifty minutes and take regular breaks to avoid getting tired.

7. Make notes and summaries of the main points you are studying and refer to them to check your progress

8. Break your work into smaller units of study and mark each unit off as you complete it.

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I have created some slides that might help you improve your power of concentration, you can print it and post it in your room or just to look once in a while to guide you in your study. (You can also use these slides in PowerPoint presentations.)

IHTH (I hope this helps).

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Comments 157 comments

nagbushan 13 months ago

Concentration hmm it comes only when the exams are near

Paul 15 months ago

To improve my concentration I like to listen to calming background music.

It improves my concentration and at the same time it excludes other background noises.

chen 17 months ago

this is great and helpful to me

Priti 22 months ago

it is very important in our help in whole life.

Rahul Singha 2 years ago

thanks for the post..... and it really works

ritz rocks 2 years ago

it helps a lot friends try these techniques and i asure u that u shall score well all the best and thanks for these tips

manasa 2 years ago

Thanx a lot.I wil try to follow dis n achieve my goal n my lyf...

sallu 2 years ago

thankx.....helpful post

Devang 2 years ago

Ok I vill try this...I wish it will work because I really need help and I hav no option

Amjad sial 3 years ago

useful for those who are de tracked from their goals

vishnu 3 years ago

thank you so much for improving it is a good friend for us

AdventurousDave 3 years ago

I love these tips on improving concentration :-)

Kevin Mincher has a brilliant strategy for improving your concentration. He coaches students to connect with their 'purpose'. When you identify what's driving you and believe in your ability to learn, then you improve your performance. You can watch Kevin's videos at

Rati 3 years ago

Thank s a lot.

Nivetha 3 years ago

These are very good. But it's a difficult task to follow them. Hope I will

Aastha 3 years ago

Ok i will try out these tips. I think these will help me.Thanks for posting these tips. =)

Curtis 3 years ago

very resourceful this information helped me a lot and will certainly help in the future.

likhita 3 years ago

useful its really working

prasanth.india 3 years ago

Not so good needed much more attention

aklesh 3 years ago

share it all student right now

jinnuperfect 3 years ago

it helps me out

ritika 3 years ago

this was really helpful......!!!!

pooja 3 years ago

I am a medical student n had given my final year exam but unfortunately i have failed in one of my paper although i had prepared well for the subject but due to some out of syllabus question n the change in the question pattern i have failed by 4 mark . M feeling too depressed n cant concentrate .Most of my friends hv cleared the xam . But i hope all d above tips help me to pass my paper. thank s

Utkarsh Joshi 4 years ago

i hope it'll help to get rid of my bad concentration..........

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mishel 4 years ago

thanks for these useful tips

narender kaur 4 years ago

It is very useful.I like this very much.

sonam 4 years ago

I hope i will follow these instrucitons and i will get a good result in my exams.Thanks for giving good tips in studies.

hghghghghg 4 years ago

thanks you this really helped

vineela 4 years ago

it helped me to gain more concentration than before .thanks a lot.

taran singh 4 years ago

nic tips but i cant under stand when i am siting for study 15 to 20 min i will read that all i learn that but some time later my mind is distract for study i think about which things i need in my life like love , sports bike or money . pls help me tell my problem

jakie(mahi) 4 years ago

nice tips frm u sir....i wil be able 2 cary ur words

rahul 4 years ago

superrr vry nice thanks for giving valuable information on how to study thanks...

ronith 4 years ago

it helps us very effectively and helps us to achieve our goals.

samana basnet 4 years ago

superb ideas its really works and it is fruitful to me

Pavitra 4 years ago

It was very useful.Thanks a lot

Neeraj 4 years ago

nice instructions

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Antu 4 years ago

It really works. . .so helpful

student 4 years ago

I hope it will help me improve my concentration but i think i really have problem in my brain.Still thanks for good suggetions.

sandip 4 years ago

its really gonna help me out...... m gonna try it

Lincoln 4 years ago

Thanks for the advice

harshit 4 years ago

yeah ! i agree to most of them ! have experienced this before ! works wonders ! thanks

having an exam tomorrow ! :)

jb 4 years ago

nice suggestions thnk u so much.. i will concentrate on those u gven the tips

madhu 4 years ago

i am very happy to read this from today on wards i will follow this all instructions

tresia 4 years ago

thx alot,i will make it happn

swati 4 years ago

good tips to get interest on reading;)

Mukesh 4 years ago helped me a lot to change my attidude.

resham neupane 4 years ago

great n thanks .i am doing it and when will u

saththu 4 years ago

wow it is nice..........

cherrish 4 years ago

i like the suggest & m improving in it

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louromano 4 years ago

Good make it keep gong!!

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abhigna 4 years ago

i learnt many things from this and now i am capable of getting more than the topper of our class

sumi 4 years ago

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jhonty bareto 4 years ago

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NAQASH 4 years ago

nice suggestions

FAWAZ FZ 4 years ago

I LOVE IT..............Now iam in 10th.,,i hope it will work out

Ambily 4 years ago

This is very helpful......

sahasra 4 years ago

thanks for ur valuable tips sir...i will try my level best to follow this...

Amrita 4 years ago

Its really good!But I'll try ma best to get result!THANX :-)

Melvin Porter89 4 years ago

I have read all the aspect given above and from today will do it and later will let you know how it worked over me.



Thank You

praveen 4 years ago

i love those tips and i will try 2 follow thosetips

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sanjeeb 4 years ago

it is really nice i ll try my best

tinkle 4 years ago

thank you very much for for these tips.... they are really helpful for increasing concentration... :-)

Aarya 4 years ago

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Ishhwarya 4 years ago

ya let me see whether it works .if it works ill be grateful to you all.

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It also good improvement for poor students....

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Mm Arun pradeep raj 4 years ago

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hedayatullah arfi 4 years ago

it is really nice i will also try......................

Bhimashankar 4 years ago

valuable information

Veer 4 years ago

Good suggestions. It is helpful.

Rishabh 4 years ago

very helpful tips..........! i m gonna try this........

Hema 4 years ago

very useful tips for concentration.

M.Zahid 4 years ago

This point is very helpfull. i will get good result this information

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sandhiya 4 years ago

its very useful to me... thanks...

Arjun 4 years ago

I will try

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sujeet kumar 4 years ago

After reading all these which r discussed above, a positive strength i m feeling...and now i m to study....!!

kittu 4 years ago

nyc to read n improve our studing skills ......

bindu 4 years ago

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Ashmeet Singh 4 years ago

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Naziya.B.A 4 years ago

I like this suggestions now onwords i will follow this

narayan soni 4 years ago

good one

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Shankar 4 years ago

its good,Thank you.

priya 4 years ago

really good!!!

chinnu 4 years ago

i am happy to read's helping me

Mahbub Jamal 4 years ago


ABHIRAMI 4 years ago


useful suggestions

tnks a lot

may be i'll work hard on dees tips


palak kansal 4 years ago really workzz...

Anjali parashar 5 years ago

Hope these tips will help me out..

asreenu 5 years ago

This is very useful for all.

kalyani 5 years ago

it's awesome.these tips r really excellent and useful to improve concentration.thank u so much for suggesting superb tips.

HANNAH 5 years ago


gajju dhami 5 years ago

this site is very well all of student

pratim 5 years ago

i will try...............................this one if it works then great.....

zakir hussain 5 years ago

these really works ......i will follow these tips

sudha 5 years ago

thank u so much,this is very important for every students,my friends also got so beneficial by it.

Hrishabh soni 5 years ago

these tips are really good , but what matters is ous positive attitude .

Renu 5 years ago

these tips are really good............

i can follow these tips and i can improve my concentration


Hemant Sharma 5 years ago

hi my name is hemant sharma thanks for this sugession thank you

arunima 5 years ago

listening to music helps reduce tension and we start to enjoy what we study... that's a personal view.... if you want to study with full concentration then think that what you are studying will help you out in one way or the other later sometime when you really need that skill....

Sarada 5 years ago

Thanx for good tips i will try to implement them

ragavi 5 years ago

its works..........................try this

aditi 5 years ago

thnxx alott it really works...!!!

Arjun 5 years ago

it really works!!!!!!

ranjith 5 years ago


prajakta 5 years ago

wow! we are improving our studies & Make our future brite

raj 5 years ago


sumanth 5 years ago

wow!!!! its working yar... try it

sylvan 5 years ago

this is great. thanks a lot for your wok.

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gajanis786 5 years ago

Excellent informative hub....all very useful tips. I will definitely encourage my son to read and benefit from this article.Thanks.

shubham  5 years ago

lisening music during study is bad habit . i think it is the main cause

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Ernestasm 5 years ago from Lithuania

I agree with your opinion. I also write hubs about education.

Harish TS 5 years ago

Hi this Site is very useful for me,especially for students.

Khaja Moinuddin 5 years ago son is in college and struggling with his study habits.

ramakrushnamma 5 years ago

thanking you for giving the tips improving my concentration

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astigpinoy16 5 years ago from Philippines

great hub, it'll help me to improve my concentration.. keep it coming. 5 years ago

thank you for this article. yes it really works to get concentrate in studies.

karthick 5 years ago

good these tips are very useful to all

sai 5 years ago

u can also concentrate and try for focus

Vikash 5 years ago

It's really work. Thank u

gnndanna 5 years ago


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MM Del Rosario 5 years ago from NSW, Australia Author

Well, it has been a pleasure to share some tips on study skills, For all the students who visited this hub, I hope this will help you. Good luck on your exams and all the best in the future.

Subhajit bhattacharjee 5 years ago

It's really good..

bharath 5 years ago

this was good .thank you

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mathan42 5 years ago

very nice information on improving concentrating...liked your tips...I admit with you on fear of failure thing....check out my hub on study techniques at

manvi  5 years ago

i will try to do the same thanks for the help

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tahera 6 years ago

ok!!!!!!!!!!!! but how 2 concentrate on chemistry as it itself is a mystry.............

kaavya 6 years ago

this made me to score good marks in exam.......

rajin 6 years ago

i have get a good result . now i can concentrate in study for a long time.

manan 6 years ago

it works i advise everyone to do these tricks!!!!!!!!!1 amaging!!!

rajxk 6 years ago

looks gr8 ,will try to apply them.


zakir 6 years ago

the problem that i face is that i cant concentrate on the lectures given by the professor be it any subject even the one i am most interested in, i cant concentrate and tend to forget things quite easily, if any can help me with this i would be grateful

malli 6 years ago

Its very good article thank for publish

abdul basith 6 years ago

this is very useful to students who are very poor in studies good tips thank u so much

polly 6 years ago

that was useful for me

improve your reading skills  6 years ago

Awe-inspiring bequest! Your blog is attention-grabbing. I feel affection for it.

mark kas 6 years ago

great this really works well. Thank you.

shiny 6 years ago

oh! yeah..

dis really works..

krishnaveni 6 years ago

this is cool.......

krishna 6 years ago

true which we forget to do...

Rudy 7 years ago

Listening to music can improve your concentration too. Had amazing experience with Study Aid music..take a look through my link..

srinivas 7 years ago

hi this site's very useful to bothstudents and also to the people who'r in the teaching field

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franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

This hub is very useful. I'm sharing your thoughts with a nephew who is in college and is struggling with his study habits.


vaibhav gupta 8 years ago

very good and comprehensive to understand .comprises of practical things.

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