With a world as complicated as we live in, where does one find the energy to focus on one specific aspect of life without being distracted by the other? This is a common issue among children! And if proper guidance is provided one can learn how to improve focus and concentration in children.
But Who do we ask help for? Can we help it ourselves? Let’s try exploring these avenues.
We are all a part of a continuously evolving and growing information network. Constantly being updated with not only world events but personal messages and notifications, and being caught up with it all has taken a significant amount of our focus.
Especially in adolescents, who find the world of technology both fascinating and capturing. Adolescents in their search for captivating content are continuously expanding their matrix of likes and dislikes and have a unique way of perception; somewhere between adult- decision making and experimental fun.
All the while also studying and worrying about their grades. With all this going on in their heads, the ability to focus and concentrate on important aspects is challenging.
How Adults Can Help
Many parents want to understand how they can help their children focus without having to fall back on medicinal options like Adderall. The answer is not a one-stop solution but a gradual process of finding what works for you the best. It could be one simple thing like making a to-do list and sticking to it diligently or it could be a combination of various methods and activities.
Communication Is Key
Before looking into these, it is important to know that if you are a parent or a teacher you should keep in mind to respect the state of mind the child is in and move forward accordingly. You should try having an open conversation with your child or student about what is it exactly that they find distracting, if you can be helpful to them in some way and if they need help then what kind. Such open conversations can help prevent distractions like strained relationships, distracting peers, or simply a noisy neighbor.
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Positive action and positive reinforcements work better and more effectively for longer periods of time than punishment or forcing your opinion on adolescents. Praising the child not just when they receive good grades but after also receiving whatever grades, improvement of any sort as well as a pat on the back for accomplishing daily tasks help in motivating the child and thus more focused towards the said tasks. After all, teens are at an exploratory phase of their lives and may want to find their own way of working.
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As far as adult intervention is concerned, it is also important that the help is provided at the right time. For example, if you are aware that your child has difficulty concentrating, help them from the start of the semester, and observe their improvement. (This works in tandem with research suggesting that all age groups and individuals have different levels of attention span thus having varying levels of focus improvement).
Adopting the above-mentioned strategies just before the exam time and expecting tremendous change would be unfair for the teen and would result in the creation of an unsupportive atmosphere. Having said that, consistency and finding your child’s own personalized strategy that works best for them is the key to an observable change in focus levels.
Time Management as a Way to Improve Focus
Understanding a teen’s routine will help in recognizing times of day during which they are at their prime energy levels and can focus better. Once you are familiar with the energy patterns of the teen it will help in devising more effective strategies to improve their focus and concentration spans.
For example, some teens are able to study better early in the morning and others find the night time more productive. Accept these energy patterns and let them work in tune with their energy without debate as long as it does not affect them mentally or physically. This could be helpful to teachers as well while formulating time-tables by keeping easy to grasp subjects later in the day.
To-do lists and Chunking as a Focus Improvement Strategy
Another effective strategy of improving concentration would be to divide the work into small chunks and then do them bit by bit so that you can focus on one chunk of work at a time and not feel overwhelmed, which is one significant reason for losing concentration of the task at hand.
Division of work with small breaks in between to refresh your mind can prove very productive in increasing focus levels. These breaks could include activities like exercising, light snacking, or yoga. Yoga in particular may help you relax, stretch, and free your mind of information excess that may happen due to exposure to social media.
More demanding subjects could then could be scheduled post sports time or break time to ensure maximum attention from the students.
Also Read: Improve Focus and Concentration
Space Differentiation as a Strategy
Creating a specific space for studies would also be fruitful in increasing concentration. Designating a specific study space helps the mind to get into work-mode (our brain engaging more with the content) when we are seated in that area.
Similarly, when we are seated at a bed or couch our brain processes it as a relaxing activity and we automatically pay less attention. This later also helps in ease in falling asleep and preventing insomnia due to work-related stress.
Here Are Some Simple Tips To Adopt Better Focus
1.Having task boards, planners, to-do lists, notepads, and other study materials handy help reduce distractions.
2.Sitting with your back straight while doing some work promotes retention and focus.
3.Noise canceling headphones are a good investment if you live in particularly noisy areas.
4.Try listening to calming music in your break time or while doing some work for sustained attention.
5.Have a consistent sleep schedule.
6.Try doing A certain activity later (when in a better state of mind) if you are absolutely not able to concentrate on it.
7.Making a reasonable study plan with respect to your priorities and capabilities.
8.Being aware of your distractions and don’t run away from them.
The coach offers impartial, trustworthy, non-judgemental support to steer the capabilities of the teen. The coach, just like a sports coach, does not come across like a parent, teacher, or friend but the catalyst to help your champion start living just like one. The coach helps the teen to start focusing, make clear decisions, find strengths, stay strong even in times when life does not flow the way it was desired to be. Welcome to the world of teen coaching by JiyoFullest. Let your child create the desired future that they deserve.