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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.


Studiesindicate 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 Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1: Concentration and the Brain
  • Lesson 2: An Age Old Question...
  • Lesson 3: Concentration Frustration
  • Lesson 4: Exercising Your Brain
  • Lesson 5: The Sound of Music
  • Lesson 6: Food for Thought
  • Lesson 7: Sweet Dreams
  • Lesson 8: May I Have Your Attention Please?
  • Lesson 9: Concentration Barriers
  • Lesson 10: Concentration Helpers
  • Lesson 11: One Size Does Not Fit All

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.

A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1: Concentration and the Brain8
Lesson 2: An Age Old Question9
Lesson 4: Exercising Your Brain9
Lesson 5: The Sound of Music10
Lesson 6: Food for Thought10
Lesson 7: Sweet Dreams10
Lesson 8: May I Have Your Attention Please?10
Lesson 9: Concentration Barriers9
Lesson 10: Concentration Helpers10
Lesson 11 Assignment: Definition Matching2
Lesson 11: One Size Does Not Fit All23
The Final Exam46
Total Points:157

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