A recent survey conducted to explore areas of problems in students' academic work brought out the fact that 92% of our young people indicated a difficulty in concentrating. One .is struck by the high degree of unanimity in this matter. Some respondents make such revealing remarks as: "I can't remember what I have just read"; "My mind keeps going off the subject"; and, "It seems impossible for me to concentrate." Along with these confessions, one finds reasoning that searches for places to lay the blame, as: there is too much noise, the text is boring, the assignment was too confusing, studying can't be effective when the textbook is uninteresting. AS! many different ways of stating the problem as may be expressed, they all come down to one sad truth-merely keeping one's mind on a progression of thoughts in print has become a major academic problem.
VanderMeulen, K. (1975). Reading in the Secondary School: Emotion as a Factor in Concentration. Reading Horizons, 15 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol15/iss3/8