Concentration and Memory

Learning requires considerable concentration. Concentration is defined as directing attention to one thing. Ideally, you need to be able to focus, without interruption, to understand information and use resources effectively. This can be difficult to do whilst juggling the demands of everyday life. 

Planning is essential

Make the most of any periods you have to study, but ensure you take short breaks to maximise concentration. 

Divide the time you have between tasks. Alternate preparing for the next session with editing an assessment. 

Plan to study during your best time of day, and complete other tasks such as housework around this. 

Use study methods that enhance concentration 

Reading aloud can help to process material instead of reading silently. 

Make notes as you read to help understand and process the material.  

There are various videos available on the internet to help improve concentration. Look at Paul Penn on YouTube: his videos include How to Retain Information from Textbooks 


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present. Sitting still for a few minutes, focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells around you. Paying attention to your thoughts and feelings can help improve concentration.  

Getting enough sleep (seven to eight hours) can also help concentration.