The back-to-school season is here in full force, and your kids are jumping back into their daily routines of school schedules and homework assignments. But how can we help our kids focus this season?
Organizing isn’t just for physical spaces ̶ mental clutter can have a huge impact on productivity. This back-to-school season is the ideal time to start organizing your children’s mental clutter.
Encourage your kids to start with these general study tips:
Make good use of daytime hours. Physiological “freshness” of your brain means 1 hour of daytime study may be as effective as 1 ½ hours at night.
Approach studying as you would any exercise. Warm up your brain by reviewing notes and assignments just before class; you will take in more information during lecture. Reviewing your lecture notes shortly after class as a “cool down” activity helps to solidify learning.
Vary your study activities. Don’t follow reading with reading. Instead, review art history photographs, review biology terminology flashcards, practice French with a study partner, or find a physical activity to get you going.
Get enough sleep. An alert brain takes in much more information than one that is fatigued. Pulling all-nighters is useless in the long run, and will interfere with your concentration.
Learn how to organize your time. People who are involved in many activities generally make more efficient use of their time and get better grades.
Note: This list was sourced from Globe University’s Guide to Improving Concentration.
Need help learning more about the physical side to organizing your kids? Read our last year’s blog: Organizing ideas for back-to-school.