In this recorded extract from a live session presented in 2017 Padraig King explains why exam students get distracted and offers his own solution – a one day Concentration Boot Camp to help eliminate distractions and boost concentration.
Right now, I’m recording this because it
will be available on demand and it’s
going to be available on Youtube,
and any other place that exam
students are likely to find this video.
So if I seemed to be looking away from
the camera that you are seeing me on
it’s because I I am using three separate cameras today.
We have one which is recording the whole session
Another is broadcasting to Zoom
and one which is by casting to Facebook Live.
This is the first time I’ve ever used
3 cameras simultaneously
However, I’m not a stranger to doing many different
things at the same time
but the challenge is that many of us attempt to do too much
at the same time.
I know I can manage three cameras at the same time
and that I can visit all of them with my eyes
I have to become aware of this.
but for many exam students …….
I was explaining to a student who was here with me last night
that there were at least 46 different things
that students’ attention are drawn to continuously.
In every moment of time
they are continuously aware of the ground underneath their feet
and continuously aware of their feet in shoes in their socks …..
they are continuously aware of the seat that they’re sitting on…..
how comfortable it is
how relaxed their body is….
They are aware of the muscle tone in their legs….
even though though this is at an unconscious level
they are aware of everything that is still drawing their attention
and that’s only as far as the tops of their legs……
they’re also aware of that hunger or their pain
or whatever is going on, within the system at that moment in time.
Sometimes people worry that they are a little bit later or early
that their stomach is upset
or that things are not going the way that they should……
All of these things are attracting attention away
from the part of your brain, right up here at
the very top, which is the area that deals with concentration.
Sometimes, people are aware of their breathing
and their labored breathing because
they have a difficulty with the whole area of breathing and concentration…..
Every time that they take up a book they may go into a big sighing routine
(and say) “I hate the teacher” or “I hate this subject”
or whatever it may be, and as a consequence of that
they are putting themselves into a
negative position where is very
difficult for them to actually make the
the most of the time studying.
So I’m suggesting that the best way to
do study, and to concentrate on it, is to
be able to eliminate all of these distractions…….
to move your attention away from
the other 45 iems or the other
46 items and to focus in on the one single task
46 is an average number…..
for other people it could be hundreds….
and if you are hypersensitive to sound
then you will be hearing 40 different sounds at the same time
You imagine that’s impossible but for somebody
who is super sensitive to sound….
They are hearing sounds from the environment
all around them and they’re scanning the
sounds for signs of danger.
That is where their attention is focused on –
signs of danger
For somebody who was
light sensitive or who has difficulty with actually reading
– moving their eyes across the page comfortably, calmly and smoothly
then their challenge maybe that they’re constantly scanning their environment
for signs of danger.
If you’re a person who focuses outside the window
rather than in the classroom
or at book that you’re supposed to be studying
then the challenge for you is going to
be to actually bring your attention in from there
because somewhere along the line…
you picked up the notion that you may be
attacked from a particular direction or from outside
So again calming down your body
calming down your mind
is really important for this.
So eliminating those 46 different distractors,
and we call those distractors,
and I’m just putting that notional number of 46 out there…..
What that means is that there is nothing
going to stop you from concentrating
if you can eliminate those distractors…
and that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing
on Saturday the 11th of March…..
that’s this day week, as this is being recorded on the Saturday March 4th.
and by this time at 12 noon, on next Saturday
every student who is with me on the day
is going to be to be feeling calm, relaxed
and well on their way to focusing their attention
on the one thing that they want to study