Online Class: How to Improve Your Concentration

In this course, we will delve into the thought process, and how different circumstances can affect one's ability to focus and concentrate effectively.

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Course Description

Concentration is a part of our daily lives. We concentrate on our work and our life situations, either consciously or subconsciously.

Is focus the same as concentration, and if not why are the terms often used so interchangeably? Why can some of us read a book, listen to music, and think about the day all at once? Why can some of us simply focus on the task at hand and find it difficult to think about anything else? How does age play a role? Are your concentration skills and ability to focus improved or taken away from based on your age?

This course consists of eleven distinct lessons that will explore the process of concentration, factors that affect and enhance concentration, and ways of improving the concentration process.  We will delve into the thought process, and how different circumstances can affect one's ability to focus and concentrate effectively. Furthermore, we will investigate the relationship between focus and concentration.
Studies indicate that diet and the way we exercise our brains now can decrease the risk for Alzheimer's later. Certain foods and vitamins have also been reported to increase brainpower and improve the power of concentration. Lastly, the method and environment for your concentration will depend on the task that you need to accomplish. Not every task requires a loud music filled environment, nor does every task require a quiet library like setting. Can your concentration skills use some fine-tuning? We invite you to find out!

Course Motivation

The Brain's Ability to Concentrate

Whether you are reading a book, studying for a class, or simply doing your job, concentration plays a major role in how we accomplish those tasks. In the same manner, our concentration allows us to clearly focus on the task at hand. Concentration is simply the mental process of focusing your mind on a single thought or task. In some ways, our brains are very much like computers. We receive data, process the data, somehow compute thoughts, and verbalize the information. Sometimes our concentration doesn't perform the way we expect; we may have a slower-than-normal response and we become frustrated. A person's intelligence level is tied to their ability to concentrate. There is research that suggests the level of intelligence a person has can be traced to heredity -- meaning that you may inherit the smarts of your parents. In theory, if any one person has a high level of concentration, their intelligence level would also likely be high.

The process of concentration is a very important part of what we do on a daily basis. Without the ability to concentrate, thoughts could be lost and memories wasted. Some consider concentration a way of branding our brains to recall things and assist our memory. For example, when studying for an exam, you study by concentrating; you read, focus on the key words, and to the phrases and exercises that will assist you with remembering the details. Famous intellects, such as Einstein, must have mastered this ability quite well. It is easy to assume that highly intelligent people were born with a bigger brain, or larger capacity for learning. However, it is also fair to assume that enhancing the way we think and focus can ultimately produce better concentrating skills. In essence, concentration is an ability we are able to maintain and enhance to better ourselves.

Let's discuss where this function takes place, as it obviously originates in our brain. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells, commonly called neurons. Neurons basically gather and transmit electrochemical signals that evoke our thoughts and motor functions. The cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that is associated with our memory, thought, attention, awareness, and consciousness. This is also, where concentration comes into play. With everything we do, there is a certain amount of concentration that takes place. If you are eating ice cream, you are most likely thinking or focusing on the taste and texture -- and possibly the fact that you will have more when you are finished. When you are reading the newspaper or your favorite magazine, you are concentrating on the words and details that bring the articles to life, and finish up with a nice crossword puzzle. Just as you read the text for this class, you are stimulating your brain and putting forth an effort to concentrate.

It is interesting in an office setting how different people adapt to the surroundings of their environment in order to do their job. Some people find it very easy to concentrate with background noise, while others find it quite distracting. There are also those who prefer to be locked away silently in order to properly focus. Imagine working in an office consisting of cubicles. There is virtually no privacy, no way to drown out the noise of the day-to-day, such as co-workers' phone calls, or the busy sounds of printers, faxes, and staplers. Yet over and over we hear that people in these settings simply adapt; their minds allow them to drown out things they do not need to hear. It is as if all irrelevant background noises disappear. Haven't you ever been so deep in thought, so deep in concentration that someone speaks to you and you simply do not hear them? So, the second time they ask, you respond with a half-hearted, "Huh? I didn't even hear you." And they are just astounded that you were nearly deaf for that moment. Thousands of thoughts literally cross our minds daily, and with so much activity taking place, it is hard to imagine solidly focusing on one simple task or one thought. For many, it is difficult to concentrate on one task, let alone multitasking. Even as we are performing a physical function, the instruction to do the task is, of course, coming from the brain. If we were puppets, our brains would surely act as the puppeteer of our every move, and in reality, it pretty much seems to work that way.

Attention, focus, thought, and concentration are interrelated. Without one, it would be difficult to utilize the others. In order to concentrate, if you cannot focus, you simply would not be able to pay attention. Concentration, attention, and focus all involve thought, and therefore assist one another in the thought process.

To be able to enhance the way you concentrate means to be able to find the answers to what may be restricting your ability to do so, and what other factors are involved. You may be having a hard time sitting in one place for too long. Or perhaps you just want to brush up on your focus. No matter what your goal, this course will cover what you want and need to know to improve your concentration and enhance your ability to focus.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Concentration and the Brain

Whether you are reading a book, studying for a class, or simply doing your job, concentration plays a major role in how we accomplish those tasks. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7150.pdf
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1: Concentration and the Brain

Lesson 2: An Age Old Question...

Children are often compared to sponges that literally soak up everything they see and hear in their immediate surroundings. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7152.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: An Age Old Question

Lesson 3: Concentration Frustration

How can our minds be so restless, not allowing us to solidify a common focus? Every day we are bombarded with so many things that it can be easy to lose focus on what we want to do, and should be doing. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video

Lesson 4: Exercising Your Brain

Keeping our wits about us as we get older is an important facet of aging. A sharp mind can mean more independence as we age, or simply an enhanced point of view in the present. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7153.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Exercising Your Brain

Lesson 5: The Sound of Music

Music is an amazing and wonderful gift that always seems to touch us at the right moments and invoke emotions and memories that can last a lifetime. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: The Sound of Music

Lesson 6: Food for Thought

Many of us have heard the term "You are what you eat." In some cases, what you eat may help or hinder your ability to think! 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Food for Thought

Lesson 7: Sweet Dreams

Being sleep deprived and pumping ourselves full of caffeine can certainly have an effect on the mind, but how does a lack of sleep affect our ability to focus clearly? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Sweet Dreams

Lesson 8: May I Have Your Attention Please?

Concentration is the process of focusing one's thoughts, while "focus" is concentrating on a single thought or activity. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: May I Have Your Attention Please?

Lesson 9: Concentration Barriers

Procrastination can be dubbed as a major concentration inhibitor; it is a type of behavior characterized by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Concentration Barriers

Lesson 10: Concentration Helpers

Using our minds more, and challenging ourselves, is probably the most effective way to overcome concentration barriers. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Concentration Helpers

Lesson 11: One Size Does Not Fit All

Deciding the best method and environment for your concentration to be at its peak can be hard, but is not an impossible task. 71 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What do you think about this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Definition Matching
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe concentration and the brain.
  • Describe concentration frustration.
  • Describe exercising your brain.
  • Summarize the sound of music and its affects on the brain..
  • Summarize the role of nutrition on concentration.
  • Summarize the role of dreams and sleep on concentration.
  • Define concentration barriers.
  • Describe concentration helpers.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Improve Your Concentration
Course Number: 7550156
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (3,551 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: December 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "This course was very helpful. It gave me different techniques to use when feeling stressed and to help me concentrate." -- Demarr T.
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