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TOPIC 1 MANAGING YOUR LEARNING 24 1.2.5 Concentration Strategies for Better Learning Concentration is important in order for you to sustain learning. You can determine the causes of poor concentration while learning and then use various strategies to improve your concentration. (a) Causes of Poor Concentration Here are some of the causes of poor concentration (see Table 1.11). Table 1.11: The Causes of Poor Concentration Cause Description Environmental distractions These include the television, chairs that are too comfortable, snacks, other people and so on. Leave or rearrange a distracting environment. Go to a library or a classroom when you intend to study seriously. Noise Music, songs and conversations are examples of noise. Train yourself to study away from others and in silence. Physical distractions Examples of these are hunger, drowsiness and tiredness. Study when you are most alert. Eat a high-protein snack. Do five minutes of light exercise to refresh yourself. Boredom, dislike, disinterest Find a reason for taking the class by talking to your tutors and other learners. Create genuine interest. Anxiety about studies Find out how to study effectively. Put the course in proper perspective. Pick up crucial skills. Intimidating study tasks Break up large tasks into smaller, achievable tasks. Do the most difficult task first. Give yourself rewards for progress and „fines‰ for laziness. Daydreaming Avoid daydreaming while studying. When your mind starts to wonder, write down the interrupting thought and continue studying. Alternatively, recall important points and then turn away from your book and continue to daydream. When you are ready to read again, do so. The trick is not to daydream and read at the same time. Personal worries Identify and define the problem and develop a concrete, specific plan to resolve personal worries. Talk with someone who can help, such as a friend, counsellor or specialist. Copyright © Open University Malaysia (OUM)
TOPIC 1 MANAGING YOUR LEARNING 25 (b) Strategies for Improving Concentration In order to develop better concentration while studying, one of the things you can do is to think of concentration improvement as a three-step process which are explained in Table 1.12. Table 1.12: Three Step Process to Improve Concentration Step Description Identify the causes of poor concentration Decide which causes apply to you. If you are a working parent with school-going children, you might face difficulties concentrating on your learning and coping with distractions from your children. Take steps to control these factors You can plan and organise your schedule to take into consideration your own needs to concentrate on your learning without jeopardising your childrenÊs needs for your attention.
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