Studying is a task that requires undivided attention and a good chunk of time from your daily schedule. The importance of studying increases more and more as your final exams approach closer and closer, with the stakes now being higher than ever.

Many of us notice when our focus begins to wane from the task in front of us. If you have noticed it happening to you too, then you probably have also attempted to force your attention back onto what you were doing. While the frustration is understandable, there is hardly anything you can do to fix it with that method.

According to the latest research, the attention span of the average adult living in the modern world has dropped down to 20 to 5 minutes. This is alarming, and if you’re one of the people who struggle to pay attention for more than 20 minutes, there are many things that you need to understand about your brain and its functions.

  • Your attention span
    As a student, your attention span can simultaneously be more flitting but easy to capture. That is because young minds see endless possibility in everything. But there’s also the fact that you can control your attention span if you know exactly what kind of things and settings catch your attention. Unless you have an attention disorder, this step can be easy and very possible to master.
  • Distractions
    The things that can easily divert your focus include your phone, computer, tablet, and television. Especially with notifications from social media apps constantly popping up on your devices, it’s almost impossible to maintain focus. Try turning off your devices or using app/site blockers when you sit down to study.
  • Overloading your bain
    It’s easy to overload your brain with information. When you think about the capacity in your brain’s memory, the idea seems unbelievable. But it is quite possible to make your brain burn out for a while. The best way to avoid this would be to study and take information in chunks. Take short breaks of 5-10 minutes after every 35 minutes, and make sure that you’re not taking in more information during those breaks. Take a walk, or listen to calming music, or just go and get something to eat.