The environment must be calm, the child must be rested, the study must be broken up with small breaks … Here are some tips from the German teacher Uta Stuecke from his book “Training concentration”, Erickson, to improve the concentration of children and achieve better academic results.
Concentration, that is the ability to control and maintain attention during a task, is essential to be able to do well in school. Today’s children are subjected to many more stimuli than in the past: television, video games, smartphones, but they often find it difficult to concentrate on doing homework or taking lessons at school.
For this reason Uta Stuecke, a German primary school teacher, in the book “Training concentration” (Erickson), has developed an exercise system intended for parents and teachers, to train children to concentrate, just like there is training in the sport.
Here are some tips from the author for learning to focus.
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1) The environment in which the child studies must be quiet, without smartphone distractions and well oxygenated
Environmental factors are also important to focus. When a child starts doing his homework, make sure that the room is well oxygenated, there are no annoying noises and no distractions from the cell phone or other means of communication.
2) The baby must have slept enough
Many children are distracted when they are tired and fatigued. So you have to make sure that the little ones rest at night a number of hours sufficient for their age.
3) Take breaks
“A lot of scientific research has shown that people who take small interruptions perform better than those who study nonstop,” says Stuecke. A child is only able to concentrate well when he has a chance to switch off and rest, so it’s important to anticipate short breaks of 2-5 minutes at least every 10-15 minutes of study. Children who regularly alternate work and rest periods learn more effectively, why in 10 minutes of concentrated work more is produced than in 30 minutes sitting absent-mindedly at the desk.
4) Better to study in the morning or late afternoon. Never after lunch
It is also important to respect the daily rhythm. In a day there are times when you do more and times that you do less.
In principle, you shouldn’t study after lunch. Because the body is engaged in digestion and the resulting fatigue impairs the ability to concentrate.
“The best times to study are in the morning and late afternoon. Obviously, however, everyone must follow his attitudes, there are those who do better in the morning and those in the evening. Everyone must find their best moment for themselves.
5) If he goes wrong in school and enters a vicious circle that he can no longer study because he is unmotivated, he must be helped to get out
The child’s attitude towards study affects his ability to concentrate.
If a child continually struggles with school failures, his motivation plummets: he no longer feels able to do anything and could even develop fear of school and homework, thus entering a vicious circle: “I can’t”, “I don’t study”, “I do poorly at school” …
To break this vicious circle it is necessary that the parent undertakes day by day to train him for concentration. When a child learns to focus, he gets better at homework and will do better in school.
6) Train concentration: 10 minutes a day is enough
A child has a hard time concentrating if he has never been used to it. Concentration training should be seen by parents as sports training. Every day you have to get your child used to concentrating for 10 minutes in a row. At the beginning it will be tiring for him but over time the results will be seen. The important thing is to persevere and not give up if the results do not arrive immediately.
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7) Praise and encourage
When a child is able to concentrate on time and succeeds in achieving a school goal, he should be praised by the parent and encouraged in the area in which he is most skilled. “The adult must not only emphasize the duties of children, but also support them “.