By: T.S.A./Guest Writer
Question: How do I try to focus on my schoolwork more?
Answer: This is a common struggle of all students, so never feel like you’re alone. However, there are steps to solving your problem, and the first is to find a balance in life that works for you.
Remember that spending too much time going out, having fun, and being carefree can actually cause stress, because doing these things prevents you from taking care of your important responsibilities. However, spending all of your time focusing on schoolwork is also not good for your mental health because you may overwork yourself. Overall, it is best to live a balanced life, dividing time between fun and school work accordingly.
So, how do you do this? To start, list everything that is important to you. Whether that be school, work, friends, sports, or anything in between, it is important to set your priorities. By recognizing the important things going on in your life, you’re in a better position to plan for each day. In this case, school work is the most important because you feel like you need help focusing on it. Because of this, school would be very close to the top of your list.
The next step is to plan. While some people find it easy to be organized, others may find this step harder. Just remember that the best way to avoid stress is to finish the tasks weighing on you. It may take some extra work, but it will be worth it to form some good habits and alleviate that stress in the end. Using a planner can be very helpful throughout the school day, because if you record your homework at the end of each class, you will know exactly what you have to get done and when you have to do it.
If you have the date for an upcoming test, write it down and also write down a time that you will study. It may sound simple, but by actively keeping track of schoolwork, it makes it easier to focus on what you need to do. In addition, it will help to record any other important events so that you can plan around them and not fall behind on any work.
Now comes the hard part – focusing on completing the work itself. There are different methods for everybody, but here are a few tips that can be helpful either at school or at home.
- Set aside time to only focus on school work (If the teacher gives you the time, take it!)
- Put electronics out of sight while trying to focus.
- Make sure it’s quiet, or listen to music to help you concentrate (Everyone has a different preferred working environment, but whenever possible make yourself comfortable).
- Make sure you’re not hungry, thirsty, or in need of a restroom; it’s always easier to focus once you take care of physical needs.
- Try to follow a regular sleep schedule, or at least get lots of sleep because your body will function better when it’s well-rested.
- Take care of your mental health too. If there’s things going on in your personal life, they can be distracting if you don’t address them.
- Don’t work in the same place that you sleep, because that can encourage you to want to sleep or do something else.
- Keep in mind your workload. Sometimes the best motivation is knowing that if you don’t get your work done now, you will be stressed out later.
Now, if the problem is not understanding the schoolwork, make sure you talk to your teacher. They are here to help you understand the subject, and setting aside the time for some extra practice will help you concentrate because the work will be easier.
Overall, if you’re struggling with focusing on school work, there are three things you can do. Set your priorities, and make school work one of them. Work on time management/scheduling and incorporate the school work you need done in the plan. Lastly, make sure to take care of yourself and be in the most comfortable environment and mindset. If you’re still struggling, there are always teachers, guidance counselors, and trusted adults to turn to for more advice.
Thank you for contacting us! Hopefully these couple of tips helped you out! Remember, if the work is something you set your mind to, you’re more than capable of completing it!