Right or wriing, due to the current patterns followed by the global education system, examinations are considered to be the best way to determine students’ progress, growth, and academic performance.

The verbal, written, or electronic exams conducted throughout the educational system, and assessments through the year are thought of as a means of measuring a student’s actual performance and gauging their ability to achieve based on a variety of predetermined objectives.  While this may be true for some students,  for others it simply points to their inability to cope in exam situations and as a result they do not score well so the exam does not reflect their levels of skill, knowledge or understanding.

Not every student performs at in the same way in examinations. There are up’s and downs in the results that are manipulated and normed each year administrators and can lift or drop a student’s score by a few percentage points. This is a good reason to add a few extra hours of study to the preparation for exams and to practice taking exams so that all “gun shy” students are ready for the exam both educationally and psychologically.


There are certain factors that influence and affect each student’s performance and concentration in exams. These factors are divided into four basic categories. They fall into 4 categories

·         Intrinsic Factors

·         Extrinsic Factors

·         Miscellaneous Factors

·         Personal Factors

Intrinsic Factors

The intrinsic factors that affect a student’s ability to concentrate and perform well during their examinations are largely concerned with the examination itself and the way it is conducted. These also include strict and consistent marking by the teachers and instructors. Another factor can be the varying patterns and sequences of the exam papers which may significantly contribute to a lower score in  some examinations. The question style and material the questions are based on may also influence the students’ results.

Extrinsic Factors

The factors that pertain to the environment in which the examination is conducted are considered as Extrinsic Factors. These may include but are not limited to the noise distractions within and outside the examination hall, the distance or lack of between students in the exam hall, along with the light, temperature and ventilation of the examination hall. These can affect the students’ results in their exams. Moreover, the attitude and behavior of the fellow students as well as the invigilation staff may also influence how the students fare concentration-wise during the exam. Many distractions or interruptions can directly impact the students’ results.  

Miscellaneous Factors

A student’s concentration is also challenged by various completely unrelated factors that include studying the incorret or only part of the course material and their approach to pre-exam practice sessions. The delivery of the lectures pertaining to the exam itself also has the capacity to affect a student’s concentration during the preparatory phase of the exam. Sadly for some the possibility of a severe fear or phobia of appearing in the run up to exams also tends to affect the outcome and overall performance of a student.

Personal Factors

Some personal factors also have the ability to influence the levels of a student’s concentration during exam study. The factors such as emotional turmoil due to family or other relationship issues, lack of sleep, overall work and school stresses,  as well as any  personality disorders may  all affect the outcome of a student’s exam. Their personal attitude and behavior, presence or absence of confidence also affects their exam concentration and performance. Another factor that potentially influences a student’s ability to perform to their maximum potential during the exam season is the possible existence of a mild, moderate or even previously undiagnosed learning disability or disorder.

While some of the above mentioned factors can be tackled by school and student themselves some are completely out of their control. There are others still that need to be addressed through outside assistance.

For ways to help a student to concectrate more effectively, efficiently so that they can settle down, study, understand and remember what they are reading you might consider the one and two day courses on offer this March and April.

On Saturday, March 11th in Dublin the Concentration Boot Camp will help struggling student to switch on their concentration, learn and recall more easily and give them a much stronger chance to succeed in displaying their true potential in their exams.

During the Easter holidays, we have a two day course SMARTER CONCENTRATION MADE EASY that goes deeper into concentration and helps the student through a structured pattern of to take full control over their wandering attention and focus fully on what they wish to study.


Booking is essential for these events and tickets are available at https://padraigking.com