How to stay focused while learning something new. My experience as an English teacher in Barcelona for language learners. by Abhijit Tase - Profesor de inglés

How to stay focused while learning something new. My experience as an English teacher in Barcelona for language learners.

We know that when we learn something, it requires focus. We know that once we've learned something, it still requires focus. Although, the intensity of the focus changes as you become more comfortable with performing some activity. Most of us normally have some sort of goal - whether it is a goal we have chosen or one given to us is a different matter but we normally have something that we feel the need to achieve. Most of the time this requires some sort of focus. A lot or a little but definitely something. To be able to stay focused on something we often use tools to allow us to do so.

Some tips that different websites, studies and people offer on how to stay focused on a task -

  1. Reduce Multitasking - A lot of people are able to do multiple things at once however it doesn’t always mean that the things they do are done with equal or even greater efficiency. A study done at the University of Oregon found that people who identified themselves as multitaskers (50% of the participants) performed more poorly than those who did not identify as multitaskers.

  2. Meditation - An Italian neuroscientist Giuseppe Pagnoni conducted a study to see how meditation could help us focus better. He found that it helps in altering brain activity in a way that allows us to focus better but it also confers advantages in mental focus that may improve cognitive performance.

  3. Music - According to Dr. Masha Godkin,  a professor at Northcentral University (NCU) music can help improve your ability to focus. Depending on the type of music it will have different impacts on your focus. Music, as she says,“Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory.”

There are a lot more but this is to give you a small idea of what tools you can use to help you focus. We all do something or the other to help us focus when cooking, when doing sports, when studying, when writing, or even when working.

  1. How To Stay Focused

  2. How meditation improves mental focus

  3. How music can help you study

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