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How to help your teen keep their concentration
How to help your teen keep their concentration
Effective studying is all about routine. This is why we go on and on about how important it is for your teen to have a ‘Study Formula’.

Your teen will develop their Study Formula as they get better at studying. It’s the set of study techniques and processes they’ll eventually use every time they study. Meaning, they’ll acquire a strong studying routine.

One of the greatest benefits of having a set Study Formula and solid study routine is that it will do wonders for your teen’s concentration. They’ll start to approach every study session with clear objectives (because they’ll know how to study!), and as a result you should witness a marked improvement in their concentration.

Put into practice, the ideas below will help your teen develop their Study Formula and improve their concentration.

1. Study at the right times.

Is your teen a morning or night person? Maybe that’s a silly question – what teen likes early mornings? But it’s our experience that different students study most effectively at different times during the day.

There’s no point in your teen studying late into the night if nothing’s going in. It would be much more productive to go to bed an hour earlier and make use of the morning.

Have a chat with your teen about what times during the day they find it easiest to get into their ‘study zone’, and get them to schedule these times into their weekly timetable.

2. Get comfortable – but not too comfortable.

No teen is going to study at their best while lying down on their bed. Lying down equals sleep, and this is not something we want your teen to associate with study!

I (Clare) study best at a desk with lots of space with my books around me.

I (Chris) personally study best sitting on the floor in front of a coffee table. I can spread out my work and stretch out my legs when I need to.

There really aren’t any rules here, your teen just needs to figure out what study position works for them.

3. Take regular breaks – but only if they want to.

It’s often suggested that the average person can only keep their focus for around 45 minutes at a time. We don’t believe in blanket study rules such as this one, because everyone’s different. But when your teen finds their concentration fading then it probably is time they took a power-break (15 minutes or so should be heaps).

If you think your teen is over-studying (which can be common when exams are fast approaching) it may be worth popping in for a short chat every so often. Even if it’s only to ask what they’re studying, it will change their mindset and give their brain a break, even if for just a few minutes.

Plus – talking about their study will help consolidate what they’re learning.

4. Work in a clean space.

It may sound like an insignificant thing, but too much clutter can affect your teen’s study. They need to be focused on the job at hand, and that alone. If there are mounds of stuff in the way they might end up spending more time looking for their books than actually using them.

We hope these simple and practical pointers prove to be helpful in aiding your teen maintain their concentration while they study. We must stress though, a large part of studying means gritting your teeth and just doing it – even when you don’t feel like it.

We want these concentration tips to improve the quality of your teen’s study. We don’t want these tips to take place of real study!

Check out the rest of our concentration tips in Part 2. Until then, if you have any concentration tips of your own up your sleeve please share them with us!

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  1. I wanna follow my study regularly but sometimes my friends came and i just waste my time having fun with them and i one things in my home i am staying alone cause my parents are staying in village. So, give some tips and idea how to maintain my study..

    • Concentration can be tricky… If you’re not productive when you study with your friends then it’s probably not a good idea to study with them. If you’re struggling to get through long periods of study time it might be a good idea to set yourself short study periods – say half an hour – and then have a quick break. You might need to try a few different things until you figure out a plan that works for you.

    • I would work backwards. Start at the day of the exam, and then decide what you’d like to be doing the day before (maybe a practice exam or just some general reading over of stuff), and then the day before that, etc etc. I really like doing it this way because I think it enables you to manage your time better. You don’t want to get into the situation where your exam is a day away and you’ve run out of time and haven’t done all of the preparation you wanted to. You can allocate time slots to all of the topics/subjects you need to cover before the exam, and it’s a big relief to see it all laid out and to know that if you stick to the timetable you will get all of the study done that you need to.


    • First of all I’d say keep trying – try and get to half an hour. There’s nothing wrong with trying to improve by lots of little steps. Sitting down to study is often the hardest part, and once you get into the ‘zone’ time can go by really quickly, so I would really try to stick with it for a little longer, because if you’re stopping every 20 minutes it will probably be quite hard to get into a rhythm.

  2. I loose concentration at night but i don’t feel sleepy.. The things don’t go into my head that easily while studying at night which is more time consuming.. I want a trick to have the same concentration at night as i have during morning times..

    • I’m afraid I doubt there is any ‘trick’ to help you out here Akshara. If you study better during the day, then I would probably try to do more study then. But sometimes we have to study at times that don’t suit us best. If you’re struggling at night, perhaps you could try and study in chunks. What I mean is set your self a short-ish amount of time, say half an hour to an hour, and try and get something done in that time – revising a particular topic or something. I find when I’m struggling to get in the study groove it’s good to have something to work towards and then stop and have a break. And sometimes I’ll find doing this pushes me into a study groove and I just keep going. Try a few different things and see what works best for you!

  3. Ive never yet found a good way of learning.. and i cant figure it out.. pls help me out and im gonna write my boards this year..

    • Hey Anagha 🙂 I’m sure you already have a lot of learning and study skills under your belt, you just haven’t quite figured out how to put them to the best possible use. If you haven’t already, I would start out by thinking about what your predominant learning style might be (visual, auditory etc), try using some of the study techniques associated with that (or those) learning styles and see what works for you. You might benefit from lots of different learning techniques associated with different learning styles! I would also have a think about where exactly you think you’re going wrong; Memory? Concentration? Understanding? Particular subjects? You can take our Learning Styles Quiz here as a start 🙂 Remember, it’s unlikely that you’ll benefit from just one way of learning. The key is for you to figure out what are the learning techniques that you like using (eg reading, writing study notes etc) and using a combination of all of them. I would also have a read of this post ( because it sounds like you need to figure out what your Study Formula is, and this will help you get going 🙂

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