By Stephanie Slicis
As any student or former student knows, it can be difficult to stay on task in class. Distractions could be caused by learning a hard topic, monotone teacher, or even the pretty bird right outside the window. We’ve all been there, don’t deny it.
However long you are distracted for, you will miss something that could be fundamental. One second off task could create one confusing hour of trying to catch up. Here are some tips that will help you stay focused no matter how many birds are outside your window.
- Be Well Rested
I know, I know, you have heard this advice countless times, but it needs to be reiterated. Our schedules are constantly busy and it seems like sleep is the first thing we sacrifice to get our other tasks done.
Planning your day ahead of time will allow you to arrange making time for sleep. If some of the things on your agenda do not get accomplished, evaluate how crucial it is to get them done that day. Can it be done tomorrow? If so, pour yourself a relaxing cup of decaf tea and then head off to bed.
- Be Energized
Yes, this can be done by getting more sleep, but it also involves preparing your body for the day. Make sure to have a full breakfast or lunch before your classes to ensure that you are storing energy.
I would not recommend going to the local coffee shop on or off campus before class. The caffeine can become addictive, which will cause you to consume more just to get you through the day. Another negative about coffee is the countless bathroom trips you might have to take. More trips outside the classroom create more important information missed.
I would however recommend finding an alternative method to get energy through vitamins and dietary supplements. CLAREX is the perfect choice in this case because it is an all-natural supplement that sustains your energy all day. It also formulated to keep your brain focused in alert.
- Be Engaged
Remaining involved in the discussion will not only increase your understanding, but it will keep you focused. Answer or asking questions, reading along, and even just nodding your head toward your instructor will increase your productivity.
Idle time is when your mind can wander and lead you off course. One minute your are listening attentively, and then you begin to think about your other work you have due, or what you are going to wear this weekend. Remain in the conversation and the topic at hand, so you don’t allow idol time.
- Be Prepared
Every class length is different, and some might be over two hours long. A lot can happen in a two hour span, and you need to be prepared so that you can stay focused. I always make sure that I have a snack in my bag in case I get hungry. There is nothing worse than being hungry in class and being insanely jealous of the girl two rows in front of you that happily snacks away on her various treats. Packing your own snack will ensure that you stay active in class, instead of imagining what her food tastes like.
Your bag also needs to be appropriately packed for class. I always recommend to bring more than one writing utensil and to always have highlighters. Notes are fundamental to doing well in a class, and you do not want to miss any because your pen broke, or you forgot to highlight the important section.
by Eugene Y. Chan, MD
The rigors of academics can take a toll on the mind and focus. What to do when you have stayed up for that all night cram session? There are a few ways that you can clear your mind:
- Avoid caffeine, this tends to last only for a short period of time and then the crash will come and you will feel more tired than before you took it.
- Avoid foods with excess carbohydrates or refined sugar. These high glycemic index foods lead to significant swings in your mental state. The insulin response from these foods can also cause reactive low sugar levels that can cause drowsiness. Instead, reach for something else like nuts which stabilize your sugar levels better.
- Go work out. There is no better way to keep up mental fitness by exercising your body. Sound mind and body. There is no exaggerating here.
- Take a supplement that helps you recover and maintain focus. On this end, you should try to find something that works on entire metabolic pathways (like CLAREX or a like product). You have to find what works for you and sometimes trying out a few may work well for you. Regardless of the product, you should look for something that is stimulant-free and does not act on your neuroreceptors like caffeine.
Be well and stay focused.