how do i focus during exam season? how do i survive med school? how do i keep concentrated while studying? even though sometimes i ask this myself as well, today I’ve compiled my most useful tips for maintaining concentration and focus while studying for longer amounts of time — this video covers everything from efficient planning and the 80:20 rule to diversifying study methods.
my most important takeaways include:
switching study methods and topics
replacing the stimulus provided by electronic devices
creating additional external accountability
maintaining a realistic attitude about how much you can get done (!!)
i’m so happy to be making videos again!!
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« Difficulty itself may be a path toward concentration — expended effort weaves us into a task [...]. Difficulty, whether of life or of craft, is not a hindrance to an artist. Sartre called genius “not a gift, but the way a person invents in desperate circumstances.” Just as geological pressure transforms ocean sediment into limestone, the pressure of an artist’s concentration goes into the making of any fully realized work.
Much of beauty, both in art and in life, is a balancing of the lines of forward-flowing desire with those of resistance — a gnarled tree, the flow of a statue’s draped cloth. Through such tensions, physical or mental, the world in which we exist becomes itself. Great art, we might say, is thought that has been concentrated in just this way: honed and shaped by a silky attention brought to bear on the recalcitrant matter of earth and of life. »
— Jane Hirshfield, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry
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