I know what I should do. I should study more. I should read the text BEFORE the class. I should begin working on that research paper long BEFORE it’s due. But how do I make myself do it? Fear not; there’s a super simple way to give yourself instant willpower. Click here.
If you could just make yourself study… If you could just make yourself read the textbook… If you could just quit wasting so much time on FaceBook… If you could just make yourself get up in the morning… Psychology research has unlocked the secret to willpower. Discover the step-by-step, simple method for achieving your goals,Continue reading “Step-by-step recipe for meeting your academic goals”
The “thinking cap” does not exist. The “thinking coat,” on the other hand… Increase your concentration by–drum roll, please–wearing a white lab coat. No lie. A study done by Adam and Galinsky, 2012, found that wearing a white doctor’s coat actually increased focus as measured by comparative visual search tasks. That’s wy-hy-hy-hyld! They boosted brain power–notContinue reading “Clothing for Concentration – Changing What You Wear Can Increase Your Focus”
The New York Times recently talked to Winifred Gallagher, author of Rapt—A Guide to the Science of Attention. Here are a few of her suggestions… Use earplugs to decrease distractors (this will sound familiar to my GRE students) If possible, do your important work in the morning. Most brains are fresher then. Avoid interruptions. TheContinue reading “College Study Skill: FOCUS”
So far in this series (other posts in the series can be found at the bottom of this post) we’ve looked at six of the nine aspects that characterize what psychologists term the “flow” state; that conscious state of high concentration and focus where we lose all track of time and perform at peak levels.Continue reading “The Secrets to Study Concentration Through Control and Focus”
Part 3 in the series “Getting Into the Study Groove” – See the end of this post for more segments in the series. So far we’ve talked about the first four characteristics of that perfect state of academic zen; the state where we are at one with our studies, losing all track of time andContinue reading “Improve Your Focus With Better Feedback and A Perfect Challenge Level”
Part 2 in the series “Getting Into the Study Groove” – See the end of this post for more segments in the series. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi lists nine different characteristics of the “flow” state, and so far we’ve looked at how the first two–clear/attainable goals and focus–can help us reach study zen. Let’s take a lookContinue reading “So Focused You Forget Yourself (And Your Watch!)”
Mental focus or concentration… is not just for zen masters and chess prodigies. All of us can concentrate extremely well on certain things. Usually, you don’t really notice when you’re completely focused on something. You only realize the degree of your concentration later when you are amazed to find that hours have passed. For some,Continue reading “Getting Into the Study Groove”