How many times have you gone to class or read an assignment with something else on your mind?When you employ the principle of intent to remember, you use concentration techniques that help you pay attention. You have the attitude that you will learn thisnow,not wait until later. Here are some tips that might help:
Pretend that there will be a quiz when you finish. The reward will be $10 for every answer you get correct.
Use a concentration check sheet. When you feel yourself wandering from the subject, put a check on this sheet. Do this every time you find yourself not concentrating. You will program your mind to pay attention.
Use a rubber band on your wrist and do the same as above!
When reading an assignment talk back to the writer.
When listening to a lecture, ask frequent questions .
What Does the Research Say?
http://www.adlit.org/pdfs/strategy-library/SQ3RSurvey.pdf SQ3R is a strategy that breaks down the necessary steps of decoding and learning a piece of information. It will help you dig meaning out of all the information available to you, place it in context, and cement it in your memory.
Crash Course on Motivation How can you create a drive to learn? View the information as a step in a larger process. Find interesting examples. Or remove distractions so that the material you are learning is the most interesting thing around!