Any tips for increasing concentration? I find it difficult to concentrate for looong periods at a time, after having taken a long break from mathematics. Before I could sit for hours and do calculations and reading. Now I just put down the book or turn to a distraction.

Any biological, practical or philosophical tips would be much appreciated! I need to increase my concentration!

  • $\begingroup$ There are some tips but several are illegal in some parts of the world...coffee may help during those looooooong nights of intensive study, though. $\endgroup$ – DonAntonio Oct 11 '13 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ I find regular exercise helps to increase my concentration and reduce the temptation of distractions. $\endgroup$ – Moss Oct 11 '13 at 23:39
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    $\begingroup$ @DonAntonio I think coffee makes me fidget and get stressed, not pleasant! $\endgroup$ – Frederick G Oct 12 '13 at 0:17
  • $\begingroup$ Well @FrederickG : fidget and stressed is better than asleep one day before final exam... $\endgroup$ – DonAntonio Oct 12 '13 at 7:38

Avoid computers, phones, and televisions. If you are studying independently, make yourself assignments for the chapter you're working on, and don't read ahead till you've finished.

  • $\begingroup$ So basically a library or cellar? $\endgroup$ – Frederick G Oct 12 '13 at 0:16
  • $\begingroup$ Or outdoors, perhaps. $\endgroup$ – dfeuer Oct 12 '13 at 0:17
  • $\begingroup$ Computers can be turned off. They can also be given to friends for safekeeping. $\endgroup$ – Slade Oct 12 '13 at 0:50

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