Concentration is the ability to direct your thinking. A couple of weeks ago we looked at how not to get distracted. But getting rid of distractions alone will not always help you with your studies - you also have to concentrate on what you are doing. We all have the ability to concentrate. Often we just concentrate on the wrong thing - for example, a conversation we had that day that didn't turn out right, a movie we're watching, music we're listening to, or chatting with friends online. When it comes to studying, we often can't concentrate. One of the reasons for this could be that the topic is boring for you. Your mind might wander from one thing to another, so you find it hard to get your thoughts back together. Also, you might have a lot of worries on your mind that make it hard for you to concentrate. But concentration is a skill that you should learn. So how do you concentrate on your studies? Firstly, you need to understand that your studies are important. We normally concentrate on things that are of interest to us or important to us. Tell yourself: 'This is very important for me to do today.' My study place Find a space to study in, sit in the same chair, the same table and make it your study place. It could be the library, your lounge or another room. If your bedroom distracts you, go somewhere else. Every time you enter your study place, remind yourself that this work is important. Stick to your routine By sticking to your timetable, you'll be able to concentrate more because you know exactly what is coming up next. If you do not have your list next to you, then your mind will wander to what else you have to do. This will make it hard for you to concentrate. Switch to new material Change topics every hour or two to make it more interesting. If it's easier, start with new material, read it and make notes as you go. This will save time later on when you need to revise what you have done. You'll already have the notes handy. Take a break and relax Take regular breaks to help you stay focused. Then you can come back relaxed. If you are someone who loses concentration easily, maybe study in 20-minute blocks, then take a break. If you are someone who focuses for a longer period, study for 40 minutes, then take a break. Reward yourself Give yourself a reward. If you have stuck to your schedule, reward yourself with some time with friends or family. These are a few ideas that will help you learn to concentrate.