Study Hack: Raise Intensity & Burst Focus

by Dave Farrow
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Many students study with a TV or radio on in the background claiming it helps them focus. In a way this is true because the brain is not receiving enough stimulation from studying alone. Listening to music (especially classical) can occupy the left side of the brain while the right side of the brain does the analytical thinking. Remember, as humans, we only use a small amount of our brain’s tremendous power.

But how can we stimulate our brains without the crutch of TV or Music?   

…..Burst focus and raise intensity!

Your brain is a natural machine that is really good at handling these high powered mental tasks in short chunks.
Bursting focus allows you to get mental tasks done in very small intervals of high intensity. The high intensity is enough stimulation to ensure the brain stays alert. By keeping the focus bursts down to as little as 5-8 minutes it keeps you from burning out.
It takes practice and proper instruction to master this kind of interval training.
Typically study programs will recommend that you study anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. The Focus Burst™ method is more extreme. We recommend that you study in extremely short bursts of 5 or 6 minutes, then take a break of equal length. But what the method asks you to do is accomplished much more in that 5 minutes of study than you thought possible.
What we’ve found is that even after just a few minutes break you can go back and do it over and over for hours – burst after burst. You’ll get three to four times the work done without the fatigue, headaches, eyestrain and everything else that often comes with prolonged studying.
Nature shows that animals in the wild can instinctively operate at high intensity for extremely short periods of time when faced with danger. Athletes from boxers to runners to the most elite athletes have discovered that interval training is the best way for them to reach peak condition. The Focus Burst™ study method is like interval training for the brain and takes advantage of your natural ability for peak performance in short bursts.

Focus Bursts & Standardized Test Anxiety

Did you know that many students perform below the national average on state assessments due to test anxiety?  In the age of standardized testing and common core standards this is a huge problem.
Just like that elite athlete, the focus burst prepares you for the pressure of competition. Because you’ve been training using Focus Bursts you’re used to operating at an intense level. There’s no panic, no blanking out, no test anxiety – because you’ve essentially trained for a sort of ‘controlled panic’ you can turn out a world-class performance!
Dave Farrow

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