Learning Strategies Blog

How to Improve Focus

by Pete Bissonette

From a client: “My issue is focus; can you suggest anything particular to use to improve my focus while listening to the Paraliminals? Or, more generally, can you give suggestions on improving my focus while I work?”

Let’s start generally. When at your computer or desk, set a timer for 20 minutes and then when the timer goes off: pause, stretch, and get a drink of water. Move around, change your state, and then find your purpose again. If you’ve lost your focus, now is a good time to take back control. Losing focus while at a work is because we’re often sitting for too long a stretch. Especially without a real goal or purpose.

Before starting one of our programs for the first time, look at the title and ask yourself questions about what you are going to learn. Make guesses regarding what you might experience.

Predicting what you will learn helps you to pay attention. If you have already listened and are going through the session again, ask yourself “What more could I gain?” When you ask yourself these types of questions, you will gain much more because your mind is now looking for answers rather than being a passive listener.

If you have MP3 formats you can speed up the program a bit. Try playing it at 1.5 times. However, be prepared to hit pause because sometimes you do want to stop and think about what the presenter has to offer. At the same time speeding up the voice will force you to pay attention. One of the reasons we lose focus is because we are capable of processing information much faster than we do. That’s when boredom sets in and the mind wanders off.

When it comes to learning, use the Personal Genius Paraliminal. It’s a great way for the student to start their day before classes. It is also applicable to any situation where you are about to learn something or need to be creative,

Then at the end of the day listen to the Memory Supercharger Paraliminal. Using the Memory Supercharger helps make information more accessible when you need it.

Also remember that repetition is good for memory and learning. The first time you go through material, you can expect to pick up about 30% of the material. Listening multiple times aids the memory and motivates you to use what you’ve learned while building on it with additional information. You can try listening to the audio sessions away from your normal place (in front of the computer, in your living room) and instead listen while watering the garden or raking the yard.

Be kind to yourself. The hippocampus works best in 20-minute bursts. A one to two minute stretch break every 20 minutes can do wonders for memory and concentration. Not to mention giving your eyes a much needed break!

There are also some wonderful techniques that aid learning and concentration taught in the Memory Optimizer course.

-Alex Viefhaus, Coach