Im­prove your attention span

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Education Guide -

EV­ERY­ONE goofs off some­times, but when watch­ing videos on YouTube in­stead of study­ing be­comes a habit, you might waste so much time that you start fail­ing your ex­ams.

If you have trou­ble main­tain­ing a de­cent attention span, here are some use­ful tips.

Get seven hours of sleep a night

Sleep de­pri­va­tion has neg­a­tive ef­fects. Af­ter a day with­out sleep, you will be­come clumsy and can­not make ra­tio­nal de­ci­sions; af­ter a cou­ple of days you will be­gin to hal­lu­ci­nate. You need a good night’s sleep to keep your brain func­tion­ing ef­fi­ciently.

Write a to-do list

Set your­self clear goals so that you can track how you are do­ing and fo­cus on what must get done. You can do this elec­tron­i­cally, but pa­per and pen can be even more sat­is­fy­ing when it comes to cross­ing items off.

Work in down­times

When you are wait­ing for the bus, you can read a chap­ter of your book. When you are walk­ing to class, you can vi­su­alise that pre­sen­ta­tion you will be graded on. When you make that list, work out what you can do while you are busy do­ing noth­ing.

Switch off your phone

It is nice to see who is do­ing what on What­sApp but un­less there is an emer­gency, you can live with­out it. Switch it off and fo­cus on what you are do­ing.

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