How to improve my memory while studying?

Q. How can I increase my concentration in studies?

Answered by
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 29, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jun 21, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 20-year-old medical student. I have a big problem with my studying techniques, and I find it rare compared to others. First things first, I am lazy to study, not because I am lazy in general, but because I do not understand a word. Even if I understand something, it gets evaporated from my mind within minutes. I am not able to pay attention during lectures, and I do not find it useful. Honestly, I attend lectures just for the attendance's sake. But, just before the day of the exams, I understand whatever I read, and I somehow manage to pass. I only fail if I could not finish reading due to any reason. My concentration power suddenly improves before exams. But once I am out of the exam hall, everything vanishes from my head. Is there any solution to this? If I am ill on the day before the exam, then I definitely flunk. Honestly, whatever I write in the exam is the result of what I read on the previous day. I know that this type of studying habit is not at all ideal for the profession I choose. So, please help me. Please provide useful information about the same. Also, suggest a way to approach and solve this problem.



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I can understand your concern. You have issues of poor focus and inability to maintain focus or concentration. The loss of performance after the day of exams is due to anxiety about performance, which is seen in a lot of individuals. But since you are passing the exams, then better to ignore this anxiety and with time you will see improvement in yourself. Avoid thinking about this again and again. For lack of focus or poor concentration, you should get your vitamin B12 and D levels checked. A deficiency of vitamin B12 is one of the main reasons for poor focus and loss of concentration. Exercise daily and have diets rich in proteins, and complex carbohydrates, and low in fats. This will also improve your performance.

Thank you.

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