Readers are Leaders

Andrew Stark – Head of Libraries and Information Services

At this time of year, with so many things to remember and do, it can be easy to lose concentration and focus. Working to develop concentration skills is vital for many aspects of school and work life. So, what can you do to improve your level of concentration? Some tips are:

  • Improve your environment – try to remove yourself from too many distractions like noise or other activity. Find a spot that is at a comfortable temperature and has bright lighting.
  • Plan your time – do not study for too long. Quite often, working in blocks of 20 to 30 minutes, followed by a short break, will enable you to concentrate for longer.
  • Create an anchor – daydreaming is normal but it takes you away from your task. Create a focus word (for example ‘orange’) so when you feel you are beginning to daydream, say your focus word aloud a few times so you know you need to re-establish your concentration.
  • Reset your brain – if you find your mind is constantly wandering then take a short break – get a drink of water, move around for a few minutes and get some fresh air.
  • Plan your time – figure out when your levels of concentration are at their best and aim to use these times of day as often as possible to complete the more difficult tasks. If the task is an easy one (for example, cutting out palm cards) then do this during your ‘low level of concentration’ period.
  • Reward yourself – many people work better if they know there is a reward at the end. Give yourself a target time to focus, set a goal then once you have completed everything go for a surf (or have some ice-cream!)

Reminder – TSS and St Hilda’s Philosophy and Reading Club meeting will be held at St Hilda’s on Monday 12 June from 3.45pm to 6.15pm. Boys are required to have read a book and be prepared to present an issue from that book for the group to discuss. All boys are welcome to attend. See library staff for more details.


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