Keeping the brain train on track

Concentration is the key to effective learning. Therefore it is essential that learners are not distracted, but follow the lessons fully motivated. Motivation is the fuel for the learning engine "concentration".

The following questions may arise:
How can distractions be controlled and sidelined?
What can be used to improve concentration?

Let us first take a look at the causes of distractions.

Distractions can be either intrinsic and arise within the person himself/herself, or can be caused extrinsically by means of external influences. Impressions and emotions often derail our concentration, sending our train of thought off in an new direction.

Concentration cannot be forced, but can be learned. It is always associated with interest and motivation. According to Tom Kite, „Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested.“

Interested listeners are happy listeners. Consequently, it is important to arouse the interest of the learners in order to promote concentrated attention.

Creative effects allow an individual to discover new and interesting aspects. An additional benefit is the opportunity to gain practical relevance on the road to one’s final destination.

Brain training exercises are designed to arouse interest and motivation for learning. A selection of brain teasers can be found at Gedankenspiele.