The 7 BEST Concentration Tips For Studying English (or other LANGUAGES)!

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Hi! This is Cedric from MosaLingua, what’s up? Are you one of those people who get frustrated
because they cannot focus on their language practice? If your mind travels miles away while studying
a language, stay tuned as I have a few tricks that may interest you! Before we get into today’s topic, do me
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Instagram, or another social media page, be sure to like and/or follow us. Back to the point. Let’s say that you are trying to understand
how the conditional past works in Japanese (and let’s assume that you have nothing
else to do that day…) All of a sudden, a fly lands on your book. You swat at it, and watch it fly away through
the window, then look at the sky, think of the last vacation you took, dream of your next
one, drool over the sushi you ate last night at that Japanese restaurant… Japanese… Whoops! You’ve been drifting away in your thoughts
for a solid 5 minutes, instead of practicing your Japanese. If this sounds familiar to you, you might
have some concentration issues. In this case, let’s look at some strategies
to avoid letting a fly steal 5 minutes of your life! Focus is extremely important, since concentration
is a state that you need to be able to reach if you want to memorize anything. If you’re not focused while you’re learning,
you won’t remember what you learned. We’ve all been there: you read and reread
a sentence mindlessly 6 or 7 times without actually understanding it! Concentration is actually like a muscle, so
you need to train it in order to get better. Well, I have 7 tips to get you started. Identify your sources of distraction and keep
them under control If you’re serious about being focused while
doing anything, you need to take a step back and figure out why you find it hard to focus. Most likely, you will find the usual suspect
not so far from the scene of the crime: mobile phones, social networks, constant notifications… Stay away from these while working. Better yet, you could use a browser extension
such as Stayfocusd or BlockSite that block pages, like Facebook, while you’re working. One last thing, distractions can come from
actual people, too. Make sure you have a quiet place to practice too! Tip number two. Gradually increase your attention span
One thing is for sure, you cannot be constantly focused on something. Your attention span is limited. Instead of forcing yourself to practice when
your mind is not operating at 100%, allow yourself some short periods of intense concentration
with breaks in between. For example, allow yourself a 2-minute
break after 10 minutes of good work. After some time, you’ll see you can
increase the length of your focused state up to 25 minutes. Apps such as the pomodoro clocks PomoTodo
or TomatoTimer can be helpful reminders of when it’s time to focus and when it’s
necessary to go for a break. Tip number 3. Read a lot Reading is an activity that can boost your
ability to concentrate, the very same way that running long distances is the best way to
increase your physical stamina. Reading is all about concentration, but you
need to do it right! Instead of reading a list of headlines, your
newsfeed, or short articles (which we are constantly doing online), opt for much longer
articles that will train your mind to stick to a single flow of information. In short, you don’t need to read more, just
read longer content. Tip number 4. Practice meditation and mindfulness
I’m obviously not going to dwell on the spiritual side of these activities, but they
happen to work wonders for concentration. The idea is simple, you try to focus on something
simple like your breathing or just the landscape you can see outside. See how quickly your mind starts to wander away? Don’t force yourself to keep your focus,
just notice it when it happens. The more aware you are, the more easily you’ll
be able to catch yourself when you start to lose focus, and the better you’ll be at
reigning yourself back in. Check out some meditation apps, like Calm
or Headspace, and get started with 5-10 minutes of meditation. After a while, you’ll be able to increase
your meditation time. Tip number 5. Allow your mind to wander
This might sound counter-intuitive to my last tip, but daydreaming can actually be a good
thing when it comes to concentration! The same way rest is necessary for getting
the best results from physical training, you need to allow yourself some time during the
day when you let your mind go wild. Be careful though, you cannot be doing something
like reading or watching a movie. (And especially avoid daydreaming during your
language practice.) Instead, go for a walk and get lost in your
thoughts. This will get your mind ready for a deeply
focused state. Tiip number 6. Stay healthy and fit
This sounds like a ‘no-brainer,’ right? And yet, we often neglect sleep, nutrition
and physical exercise. Make no mistake, all of these things play
a big role in your ability to concentrate on any given day. Just imagine if you had to learn a list of
vocabulary after only two hours of sleep… I bet you wouldn’t retain much. This is very telling about the importance
of your physical state when it comes to mental processes. You need to make sure that you are not sleep
deprived, that you are eating well, and that you are getting enough exercise if you want your brain
to work the best of its ability. Tip 7. Go step by step All this advice is great, but you cannot expect it to work overnight. As for any sort of training, time is the key
to success. And to maintain steady progress over time,
don’t rush things! You can only increase your focus time gradually. The same applies to meditation or reading long articles. Don’t start directly for long sessions,
go for shorter ones and increase their length slowly over time, so that you barely remember
how you went from 10 minutes to 30 minutes of deep focus. This way, you won’t get discouraged or be
tempted to give up! That’s it for this video! I hope I haven’t lost your attention along
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