All students go to school with one goal in mind: clear their courses successfully and graduate with good grades.
Most times, this proves easier said than done.
It’s not uncommon for students to lose focus, start recording bad grades and eventually bemoan their lackluster performance.
This situation is, however, easy to turn around. By increasing your focus, you can catch up with your coursework and begin seeing an improvement in your performance.
Here is how.
This should be the first step in your recovery efforts.
The reasoning behind this is simple.
Identifying what went wrong in the first place allows you to move forward with consciousness regarding where you went wrong.
You can, therefore, identify red flags more quickly and avoid them to ensure you do not fall off track again.
Without doing this, it becomes much easier to fall into bad habits again a few semesters down the line and it becomes a vicious cycle.
Therefore, start by figuring out what distracted you in the first place and how to ensure this does not happen again.
Research has shown that the human brain is not at good at multitasking, as previously thought.
In fact, findings have shown that multitasking can cut down productivity by 40%.
This comes down to the ability to focus.
Students are most effective when they focus on one task at a time.
To be more focused in school, work out a work schedule that allows you to handle one task at a time. For example, let reading time remain just that. Try not to read while you respond to emails or as you prepare a meal.
Similarly, try to work on one task to completion before picking something else up. Cutting tasks short to pick something else had huge time costs as well.
If you need to multitask stems from having too much to handle at once, then consider engaging a homework service. In this way, delegate some of your workload, and focus your efforts on what’s left.
Unplug Social Media
You will find that you absorb concepts better when you allow yourself to be engaged with your content. This is both in class, on private study time and in study groups.
However, you might find yourself missing large tracts of information in class because you wanted to respond to a quick text or email.
As useful as technology is, it can also disrupt learning if you allow it to.
If you find it hard to resists, make a point of switching your phone off during all learning engagements. You can then check it for important messages during your short breaks.
Technology helps you learn more engagingly and interactively. If monotony makes you lose focus, technology is indeed the way to go.
Technology uses gamification, simulations as well as videos and other visuals to teach content.
These are more engaging than a class lecture or going through piles of class notes. This, in turn, makes learning more fun and helps you focus and engage with the content more profoundly.
Take Short Breaks
Short breaks have been proven to increase productivity, reduce stress and increase focus in students.
Granted, this is not always possible in the lecture hall. It is, however, possible for your private study time.
If you have hours of study to do, break it up into several blocks, and take a break after each block.
Note that the brain is never idle. Even though you might take a walk or a mug of coffee during your break, your brain will still be busy at work trying to synthesis what you have just learned.
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