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mizta smart
1 year ago
Focusing on school work is vital
to your success in high school and
college, but it can be very hard to
force yourself to focus. Between
friends and family, loved ones,
extracurriculars, and social media,
it’s difficult to zero in on school
work. However, employing
attention-focusing techniques
and rewarding yourself for
completing assignments will help
you focus on your school work
and complete your assignments
more quickly.
Method One of Three:
Establishing Good Work Habits
Be sure you understand
your assignments. It is
nearly impossible to focus on
school work that you don’t
understand. Before you leave
school, try to ask the teacher or
another student to explain any
assignments with instructions
that aren’t clear to you. Once
you clearly understand what
your teacher wants you to do,
then you can begin focusing on
your work. [1]
Sometimes it might be
helpful to see if your school
offers tutoring, especially if
you find that confusion
over your homework is
often why you struggle to
focus on it.
Working with a tutor will
definitely help you stay on
task with your school work
and help improve your
grades, as well.
Use a planner to budget
your time. This is especially
important if you have a busy
extracurricular schedule or are
on the forgetful side. Writing
your assignments in a planner
will help you visualize your
day, week, or month ahead
and help you plan your
assignments around work and
social events. This will help you
stay focused on your work and
keep you from becoming
overwhelmed, which can lead
to procrastinating.[2]
You can use either a
physical notebook-style
planner or download an
app on your phone or
tablet.
Be sure to organize your
planner. Using color coded
tabs or sticky notes can
help you keep track of your
assignments work, and
extracurricular schedule. For
example, use blue tabs to
denote upcoming
assignments or tests, red
tabs to show your work
schedule, and yellow tabs
to show your social
schedule.
If you use a physical
planner, be sure to keep it
neat. A chaotic-looking
planner that you can't read
or understand won't help
you focus. Avoid scribbling
out words or writing
illegibly. Write neatly and
be sure to write in erasable
pencil or use white out to
make changes to
assignments written in ink.
Prioritize your
assignments. Beyond just
budgeting time for your
assignments, you will also
want to rank your assignments
in order of importance and due
date. This will help keep you
focused on assignments as
they come due and keep you
from getting bogged down by
trying to do too many
assignments at once.[3]
For example, if you have a
5 page English paper that’s
due in a week, that
assignment should take
priority over a science
project that’s due in a
month. Tests should always
be marked as high priority
in your planner.
Take into account how long
assignments will take, as
well. Think about the "big
picture" of your school
schedule. Instead of only
focusing on what is due in
the next few days, for
example, take a macro view
and consider what
assignments are due this
month. Then, as time
allows, make an effort to
chip away at future
projects. This way, when
those due dates approach,
you won't have to rush and
stress out over how to find
the time to complete those
assignments.[4]
Set time aside specifically
for school work. What time
of the day you choose doesn’t
matter, as long as you set aside
a dedicated block of time for
focusing on your school work.
During this time, you have to
mentally tell yourself that for
this block of time, your only
goal is to get as much school
work completed as possible.
The amount of time you’ll need
to set aside will vary based on
how much homework you
have and how difficult your
assignments are, so be sure to
allot enough time to complete
your work.[5]
Let your parents and
friends know what time
blocks you have set aside
for school work. Doing so
can help eliminate
distractions.
If you’re a morning person,
get up early, eat some
breakfast, and work on
assignments before school
or work. If you are a night
owl, then arrange for time
to work before bed.
Regardless of which time of
day you choose to do your
work, be sure that you’re
getting enough sleep. It’s
counterproductive to be
sleep deprived while you
try to focus on your school
work.
Have a designated work
space. Avoid trying to focus
on your school work while
watching TV or lying on your
bed because it is too easy to
fall asleep or get distracted.
Designate a quiet area as a
work-only space. This can be
your kitchen table, a table at
your local or campus library, or
your desk in your room.
Regardless of which space you
choose, make sure that you
have sufficient space to work
and spread out so you can
focus on your school work.[6]
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Method Two of Three:
Working Effectively
Use meditation, yoga or
stretching to transition
into work mode. It can be
difficult to go from being silly
and having fun with your
friends to sitting silently and
working by yourself. Spend
10-15 minutes stretching,
doing yoga, or meditating to
calm your mind before you sit
down to work.
Wear headphones or
earplugs. If you have loud
roommates or siblings, it can
be difficult to concentrate on
your school work with noise all
around you. Try wearing noise
cancelling headphones or
earplugs to block out audible
distractions so you can better
focus on your homework.
You can find foam earplugs
at any drugstore or
convenience store. Aim for
earplugs with a Noise
Rating Reduction (NRR) of
32 or 33, as this is the
highest noise cancelling
rating available over the
counter.[7]
Turn off your phone. Your
smartphone is likely one of
the biggest distractions when
it comes to focusing on your
school work. If you can’t turn it
completely off for practical
reasons, then at minimum turn
off wifi and data so you can’t
check social media or email.
Disconnect while you work on
your homework, and you will
find that it will be easier to
focus on your work and to
work faster.[8]
If you must leave your
phone on, then turn it to
silent (not just vibrate) so
you don’t hear any
incoming calls or texts to
distract you from your
school work.
Avoid checking social
media and other online
distractions. The computer can
be just as distracting and
addicting as your phone, so it’s
important to minimize
distractions there, as well.
Because you likely need the
internet to do a lot of your
assignments, it’s not as simple
to “disconnect” while you’re on
a computer. You’ll need to
actively stay off of social media
and gaming sites in order to
focus on your work.[9]
Consider browser
extensions that disconnect
social media for you.
Browser extensions like
Nanny (Google Chrome) and
Mac Freedom (Windows
and Mac compatible) block
your access to your top
time-wasting websites.[10]
Schedule work breaks. After
working for a solid 45
minutes, give yourself a break
for 15 minutes. Get up and
stretch, have a snack, or check
your phone. This will help you
reset and recharge so you can
continue focusing on your
school work.[11]
Make sure that you set a
timer or alarm clock so that
your breaks are only 15
minutes. Dragging breaks
out longer can derail your
efforts to focus on and
complete your school work.
Set a goal and reward
yourself for completing it.
Homework is no fun. However,
if you set attainable goals for
yourself and reward yourself
for completing them, it will
help make school work seem
less overwhelming.[12]
For example, tell yourself
that you need to finish your
algebra homework within
an hour so that you can
watch your favorite show
before bed. Setting a goal
with a clear reward at the
end will help motivate you
to stay focused on
completing your work.[13]
isaaq
1 year ago
With so many fun things to do in this world, how do you concentrate more on education?
Distraction Disasters
How do we become more focused on education when there are professional sporting events, concerts, the Internet, and friends to distract us? There are a million obstacles that keep us away from school work, but are there any that help us complete it?
Begin in the Classroom
While there are many things we cannot control inside the classroom, we can control whom we sit near and how we take in the lessons each day. To start, ask or try to sit away from distracting peers and/or friends. You have all the time in the world outside of class to chat with friends. Leave the conversations at the classroom door, and focus on instruction.
Technology is another issue when it comes to distractions. Leave your phone at home, in your locker, or in your bag during class time. Not having the distraction with you can help keep your mind focused on the tasks at hand.
While work is assigned in the classroom, there is a significant amount expected to be done outside of it. If the teacher provides it, use designated time to start homework or projects.
Find a Study Space
The environment surrounding your study space can either maximize or minimize distractions. Create a separate space that is not overly comfortable, such as in bed, on the couch or in front of the television. A study space needs to be a quiet space but not one where you'd want to relax or take a nap. Setting up a desk away from electronics and noise is a good start. If you're unable to find a place like this at home, you can always head to your public or school library and work there to ensure there are no distractions.
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