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“I can’t concentrate.” “My mind wanders when I try to study.”
Lack of concentration is one of the most frequent complaints heard on a college campus.
Concentration: the ability to direct one’s thinking in whatever direction one would intend.
We all have the ability to concentrate — sometimes. Think of the times when you were engrossed in a super novel. While playing your guitar or piano. In an especially good game of cards. At a spellbinder of a movie. Total concentration.
But at other times your thoughts are scattered, and your mind races from one thing to another. It’s for those times that you need to learn and practice concentration strategies. They involve (1) learning mental selfregulation and (2) arranging factors that you can immediately control.
Training Your Wandering Mind: Learning Mental Self-Regulation for Improved Concentration
Improving concentration is learning a skill.
Learning a skill takes practice… whether it is shooting baskets, dancing, typing, writing, or concentrating. Do not confuse these strategies with medicine. When you take a medicine, it acts on the body without your having to help it.
Concentration strategies require practice. You probably will begin to notice some change within a few days. You’ll notice considerable improvement within four to six weeks of training your mind with some of the skills that follow. And that’s a short period of time considering how many years you’ve spent not concentrating as well as you’d like.
Begin by practicing these techniques:
Then try any of the Other Mental Strategies that sound promising to you. Give them an honest try — use them for at least three days. If you notice a little change, that suggests that the skill will be valuable and, with continued practice, will greatly improve your concentration. There are also Other Factors You Can Change now in your environment that may be helpful.