Simple Tips for Parents to Help Children Focus on Their Homework
Studious concentration can be difficult at the best of times, especially if you’re of school age. Disruptions to home study are hard to ignore so best practice is to start your child learning how to focus from an early age. Easier said than done, yes? Keeping your wrigglers still is a challenge let alone getting them to apply their attention to school work when they get home – it might be the last thing that they want to do. So, we’ve got some tips which just might help.
Digital devices – yep, they are everywhere, invading every spare moment and creating distraction with their alarms, notifications and vibrations. So, if you can, ban them completely during study time. They’re great tools for learning, in terms of surfing the web researching topics, but they also mean that you’ll struggle to get your child’s attention and it may result in a tussle when you tell
them it’s time to turn it off.
Have a master plan – Let your child take ownership of their homework, choosing when they are going to do it. Creating a timetable allocating time for study, hobbies and seeing their friends is a great way to take control allowing for more productive and focused study time.
Give them space – A quiet room with a spacious desk and comfortable seating is a good start, but don’t stop there. Why not put up topic related posters, mind maps or motivational statements on the walls? Studying in different rooms or locations can also be useful in helping to deeply root
Let everyone in the household, including your furry friends, know when study sessions are so that it is taken seriously, and that your child’s concentration is not disrupted.
Rosemary has received exposure in the media limelight, with reports suggesting that exam revision students should ‘smell rosemary for memory’ (BBC News – 4 May 2017). Why not diffuse this essential oil into the room for a herbaceous scent and another layer of support to your child’s study sessions?
For the over sixteens, Ginkgo Biloba may be helpful as it is believed to improve the circulation to the brain, and has shown to improve memory in the short term – a great exam supplement saviour.
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Olivia Salter has always been an avid health nut. After graduating from the University of Bristol, she began working for a nutritional consultancy where she discovered her passion for all things wellness-related. There, she executed much of the company’s content marketing strategy and found her niche in health writing, publishing articles in Women’s Health, Mind Body Green, Thrive and Psychologies.