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Study Skills: How to improve your concentration

Updated on November 3, 2015
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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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      nagbushan 21 months ago

      Concentration hmm it comes only when the exams are near

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      Paul 2 years 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iki2Bj7BiCA

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      chen 2 years ago

      this is great and helpful to me

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      Priti 2 years ago

      it is very important in our life.it help in whole life.

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      Rahul Singha 3 years ago

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

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      ritz rocks 3 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

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      manasa 3 years ago

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

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      sallu 3 years ago

      thankx.....helpful post

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      Devang 3 years ago

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

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      Amjad sial 3 years ago

      useful for those who are de tracked from their goals

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      vishnu 4 years ago

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

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      AdventurousDave 4 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 http://getthegradesyouwant.com/

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      Rati 4 years ago

      Thank s a lot.

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      Nivetha 4 years ago

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

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      Aastha 4 years ago

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

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      Curtis 4 years ago

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

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      likhita 4 years ago

      useful its really working

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      prasanth.india 4 years ago

      Not so good needed much more attention

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      aklesh 4 years ago

      share it all student right now

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      jinnuperfect 4 years ago

      it helps me out

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      ritika 4 years ago

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

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      pooja 4 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

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      Utkarsh Joshi 4 years ago

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

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      yunus 4 years ago

      fantastic

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      mishel 4 years ago

      thanks for these useful tips

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      narender kaur 4 years ago

      It is very useful.I like this very much.

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      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.

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      hghghghghg 4 years ago

      thanks you this really helped

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      vineela 4 years ago

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

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      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

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      jakie(mahi) 4 years ago

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

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      rahul 4 years ago

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

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      ronith 4 years ago

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

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      samana basnet 5 years ago

      superb ideas its really works and it is fruitful to me

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      Pavitra 5 years ago

      It was very useful.Thanks a lot

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      Neeraj 5 years ago

      nice instructions

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      nidhi pandey 5 years ago

      NOW I AM ABLE TO CONCENTRATE ON MY STUDIES.

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      Antu 5 years ago

      It really works. . .so helpful

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      student 5 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.

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      sandip 5 years ago

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

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      Lincoln 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice

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      harshit 5 years ago

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

      having an exam tomorrow ! :)

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      jb 5 years ago

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

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

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      tresia 5 years ago

      thx alot,i will make it happn

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      swati 5 years ago

      good tips to get interest on reading;)

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      Mukesh 5 years ago

      really..it helped me a lot to change my attidude.

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      resham neupane 5 years ago

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

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      i like the suggest & m improving in it

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      louromano 5 years ago

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

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      NIKHI 5 years ago

      I'VE READ ALL THESE TIPS I'II TRY THEM FOR SURE

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      its cool i hope it works im in 10

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      nice suggestions

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

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      Ambily 5 years ago

      This is very helpful......

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      sahasra 5 years ago

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

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      Amrita 5 years ago

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

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      Melvin Porter89 5 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.

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      praveen 5 years ago

      i love those tips and i will try 2 follow thosetips

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      SYED SABIR 5 years ago

      ITS NICE ITS WILL BE VERY BENIFICIAL TO CONCENTRATE OUR GOALS ESPECIALLY ALLOTING THE TIME TO STUDY.INSHA ALLAH

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      sanjeeb 5 years ago

      it is really nice i ll try my best

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      tinkle 5 years ago

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

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      Aarya 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind information

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      I seldom visit such pages. . . But ma marxx hav made me do tat. . . Nywys thrs an upcomin half yearly xam. . Lemme see ma performance in it . . Ill follow all the above mentioned tips and values. . . If it worx. . . Hats off to all hu hav posted in this page. .!

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      Ishhwarya 5 years ago

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

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      Bharat ku. Patnaik 5 years ago

      It also good improvement for poor students....

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      adya 5 years ago

      its really very helpful.......

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      Yes it is really nice and also helpful to a study.

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

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      valuable information

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      Good suggestions. It is helpful.

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      Rishabh 5 years ago

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

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      Hema 5 years ago

      very useful tips for concentration.

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      if you want to be good at studies read this ya i'm gurantee

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      Arjun 5 years ago

      I will try

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      Remarkable

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      sujeet kumar 5 years ago

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

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      kittu 5 years ago

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

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      i wil also try ths

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      Ashmeet Singh 5 years ago

      it really works....

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      Naziya.B.A 5 years ago

      I like this suggestions now onwords i will follow this

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      narayan soni 5 years ago

      good one

      follow it .............................

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      Shankar 5 years ago

      its good,Thank you.

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      priya 5 years ago

      really good!!!

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      chinnu 5 years ago

      i am happy to read it...........it's helping me

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      Mahbub Jamal 5 years ago

      Helpful..

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      ABHIRAMI 5 years ago

      hi

      useful suggestions

      tnks a lot

      may be i'll work hard on dees tips

      tnks

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      palak kansal 5 years ago

      yup...it really workzz...

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      Anjali parashar 5 years ago

      Hope these tips will help me out..

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      asreenu 5 years ago

      This is very useful for all.

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      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.

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      HANNAH 5 years ago

      ITS AWESOME AND IT IS COOL IT HELP ME LEARN GOOD TIPS FOR EXAM

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      gajju dhami 5 years ago

      this site is very well all of student

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      pratim 5 years ago

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

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      zakir hussain 5 years ago

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

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      sudha 5 years ago

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

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      Hrishabh soni 5 years ago

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

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      Renu 5 years ago

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

      i can follow these tips and i can improve my concentration

      thankssssssssssssss

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      Hemant Sharma 5 years ago

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

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      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....

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      Sarada 5 years ago

      Thanx for good tips i will try to implement them

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      ragavi 5 years ago

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

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      aditi 5 years ago

      thnxx alott it really works...!!!

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      Arjun 5 years ago

      it really works!!!!!!

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      ranjith 5 years ago

      good

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      prajakta 5 years ago

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

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      raj 6 years ago

      superb

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      sumanth 6 years ago

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

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      sylvan 6 years ago

      this is great. thanks a lot for your wok.

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

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

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      shubham  6 years ago

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

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      Ernestasm 6 years ago from Lithuania

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

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      Harish TS 6 years ago

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

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      Khaja Moinuddin 6 years ago

      Awesome...........my son is in college and struggling with his study habits.

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      ramakrushnamma 6 years ago

      thanking you for giving the tips improving my concentration

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      astigpinoy16 6 years ago from Philippines

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

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      saurabhpal_2010@yahoo.com 6 years ago

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

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      karthick 6 years ago

      good these tips are very useful to all

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      sai 6 years ago

      u can also concentrate and try for focus

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      Vikash 6 years ago

      It's really work. Thank u

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      gnndanna 6 years ago

      awesome

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      MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

      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.

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      Subhajit bhattacharjee 6 years ago

      It's really good..

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      bharath 6 years ago

      this was good .thank you

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      mathan42 6 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 https://hubpages.com/education/study-techniques-fo...

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      manvi  6 years ago

      i will try to do the same thanks for the help

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      keerti 6 years ago

      fine

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      tahera 6 years ago

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

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      kaavya 6 years ago

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

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      rajin 6 years ago

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

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      manan 6 years ago

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

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      rajxk 6 years ago

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      looks gr8 ,will try to apply them.

      thanx

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      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

      zakir_zaidi1@yahoo.com

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      malli 6 years ago

      Its very good article thank for publish

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      abdul basith 6 years ago

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

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      polly 6 years ago

      that was useful for me

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      improve your reading skills  7 years ago

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

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      mark kas 7 years ago

      great this really works well. Thank you.

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      shiny 7 years ago

      oh! yeah..

      dis really works..

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      krishnaveni 7 years ago

      this is cool.......

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      krishna 7 years ago

      true which we forget to do...

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      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..

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      srinivas 8 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.

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      vaibhav gupta 9 years ago

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

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