Here's How To Avoid Distractions While Studying, Per Science

Thanks to this era of instant gratification, living in the modern times can be a very distracting one. And while some distractions are good, the bulk of it tends to have a negative effect on us, be it on our concentration, or our ability to focus on one thing at a time. In fact, it’s even made our attention spans shorter, making it even harder to put our minds at ease and focus on the task at hand.

For students, this can be detrimental, especially when it comes to concentrating on their studies. Thankfully, science can help us make the most out of our environment and avoid any further distractions.

Better Concentration

The first thing to do is to eliminate or minimize background speech as much as possible, especially when we’re reading or studying. Per recent studies, students who are reading with the accompaniment of background and irrelevant speech from friends or colleagues needs to exert more effort in understanding what they are reading, since they often go back to words and re-read them, all while their brain is unconsciously trying to understand the irrelevant speech or noise they’re hearing.

Listening to music while studying can also be distracting, even reducing our reading efficiency in a similar way to irrelevant speech. That being said, listening to instrumental music appears to have no effect, and may not even help in concentrating.

Another common distraction is multi-tasking, often in the form of social media and smartphones while studying. This is because students often overestimate their ability to multi-task, with studies showing that their performance often suffers because of it. As such, it should be very limited (or restricted at certain times of the day), since students get distracted without them being aware of it.

Overall, while you think you’re still doing good despite multiple distractions, chances are you’re not. And you would do better off by focusing on one task at a time, and taking “technology breaks” so you can better focus on the matter at hand.

So go ahead and plan study sessions with minimal external distractions as a way to actively help improve your overall focus and concentration.

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