Distractions are everywhere. No matter how enthusiastic or dedicated your child is about their studies, we live in a world that is designed to divert their attention elsewhere. Surrounded by television, video games and mobile phones, it can be almost impossible for a student today to give 100% of their attention to their homework or study. However, there are some things you can do to make it easier for your child to avoid distractions; check out my top 5 tips!
1. Establish Boundaries Between Work And Relaxation
One of the main reasons that students get so distracted, particularly when studying or doing homework, is that there is very little difference between the space in which they study and the space in which they relax. A lot of students try to study on the couch, in bed, and in front of the TV. It’s only natural that they find it hard to switch into the serious, focused mindset required for study. In order to ensure that your child avoids distractions, it is important that they have a dedicated study area that they use only for their studies. This will help them establish firmer boundaries between study time and relaxation time.
2. Make Their Free Time Count
Just as it’s important for your child to be entirely focused on their studies during study time, it’s also important that they are able to fully relax during their free time. The best students are those that work hard for a period of time and then allow themselves to put away their work, close their computer and fully enjoy their free time. These students are the ones that will work extra hard to get their work done on time, because they know that they won’t be thinking about it all once it comes time to relax.
3. Focus On Short Term Goals
It’s a simple fact that it is much easier to focus on short-term goals than on long-term goals. For example, if your child has two weeks to write a long essay, it is likely that they will be overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and find ways of distracting themselves until the last minute. If you asked them what they were working on, they would say “I’m working on my essay,” but this is vague and means nothing. Each night, your child should set a short-term goal that they can realistically achieve that night. If you ask them what they are working on, they should be able to say, “I am going through my books and making a list of important quotes to include in my essay” or “I am writing the first two paragraphs of my essay.” The more specific these short term goals are, the more likely it is that they will have to focus to get them done!
4. See To Their Basic Needs First
It is impossible to study effectively if you are hungry, thirsty of sleep deprived. The first step to ensuring that your child is able to focus effectively on their study is to make sure that they are well hydrated, well fed and have had a good night’s sleep the night before. Without these vital ingredients, your child’s brain will never be able to work at full capacity.
5. Set A Positive Example
Your child learns most of their qualities from you; you are the most important influence on their life. One of the best things you can do to help your child focus on their studies is demonstrate the ways in which you also focus on a similar task. For example, when I was young, my Mum would sit down at the dining room table with me while I did my homework and sort out all the bills, paperwork, and forms that she had to deal with that week. This set a positive example for me, and it made me feel like we were both working together to achieve our goals. And once we were both done, we could both relax and enjoy the rest of the night.