• We live in a world that is full of distractions so it can be a challenge to focus for longer periods of time on the demanding material needed for academic study. Being able to concentrate effectively is not a matter of will-power and forcing yourself, but about reflecting on what works for you, and setting up an environment that minimises your potential distractions.

    Our top tips

    Set yourself up for success

    This simple list of strategies looks at the main areas of your working environment and approach to see where you can make some small changes to avoid common distractions:

    Seek support

    Sometimes we can’t concentrate on studying because we have other stresses or priorities happening in our lives. You don’t have to deal with these alone. You can talk to Wellbeing or your Student Support Coordinator. If you would like an anonymous space to chat about how you are feeling, Brookes has partnered with Togetherall to provide 24hr access to online mental health support for students. You can register for Togetherall using your Brookes email address.

    Be realistic

    We often feel we need to sit still and concentrate for hours at a time. In reality, our minds tend to focus on average for 20 minute blocks. Thinking in terms of shorter segments of about 20-30 minutes with short 5 minute breaks in between can be more realistic and productive. There are more time management strategies here:

    Train your mind to focus

    Concentration is something we can develop with practice and through having healthy habits. Wellbeing have good resources: