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The ability to concentrate, that is to give something our undivided attention to the exclusion of other distractions, is a very useful attribute for students. As adults, we are able to pay attention to tasks for considerably longer than children can. (The average three-year-old is said to have a concentration span measured in seconds!). Most adults can give something their undivided concentration for between 20 to 50 minutes.
However, the bad news is that this can only happen if we are in good health both physically and mentally. As soon as we are not functioning at our best - our concentration is affected. This means that if you have had any emotional upset or even a bout of flu, your concentration will probably be one of the first things to suffer and also, one of the last things to return to perfect working order. This is very important information as it allows you to stop blaming yourself for concentration difficulties.
The simplest strategies to put into place when you are having concentration difficulties are often the most effective. Although they sound simple they are easily forgotten when the pressure is on.
Concentration is an ACTIVE PROCESS! DO IT!
Where to from here?
If you would like to make an appointment to see a counsellor to learn more about this topic please contact the counselling service on your campus. Distance students can contact any one of the campuses.
Please tell the receptionist if you need an urgent appointment.
Albany: Health and Counselling Centre Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone (09) 443-9783.
Manawatu: Student Counselling Service, Turitea Campus, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm (8.30 - 4.30 during semester breaks). Telephone (06) 350-5533.
Wellington: Student Counselling Service, The Student Services Trust @ Wellington, Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm. Telephone (04) 801-2542.
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Last updated on Wednesday 12 December 2012