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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!
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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 3 Articles: Brainwaves Center; Kansas State University; Alzheimer's Association
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: 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. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Alzheimer's Association
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Sponges
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Focusing

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 2 Articles: CBS News; Prevention
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: American Cancer Society; Background Music
  • Complete Exam: 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! 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Brain Food
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: National Institues of Health
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Mayo Clinic; Psych Central
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review Article: Overcoming Concentration Barriers
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: CNN; Infoplease
  • Complete Exam: 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Focus; Sharp Brains
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Definition Matching
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: How to Improve Your Concentration
Course Number: 7550156
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.5 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
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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Learning Outcomes

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

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