Focus is important, not only in school but in life generally. It helps with problem-solving and decision-making, enhances reasoning and perception abilities, and improves information retention. Without focus, you won’t be able to get much done, as you’ll be constantly switching from one thing to the next without ever making much progress on anything. And unfortunately for online students, most of them lack good focusing abilities. But for those who want to improve their focusing strength, these tips should help immensely:
Think of traveling in a car. If you’re in the backseat, it’s likely you’re not really paying attention to what’s going on around you. But when you’re in the driver’s seat, your full attention is on the road. The simple truth is this: unless you take charge, you’re never going to be moving in a straight direction. And if you let distractions creep in, you’re likely going to get derailed at some point. The more distracted you are, the harder it is to maintain good focus. When you wake up, ask yourself: “Am I in the driver’s seat, or am I being driven?” This may sound simplistic, but such a simple question (asked daily) has shown to bring great results to many!
Adults are always telling children to concentrate, but many of us are never really taught how to concentrate effectively. Just like writing and public speaking, concentration is a skill that can be practiced. When you do something every day, you become good at it. Humans of today are so prone to being distracted; we’re either checking notifications on social media, watching TV, talking to someone, or checking our smartphones. Instead of letting distractions rule your life, try practicing focus. Here are some tips that can help:
· Set yourself up in a quiet place and think/do absolutely nothing for about ten minutes.
· Next, get an enjoyable book along with a piece of paper that’ll be used as a distraction sheet.
· Make sure your phone, laptop, and other gadgets are far away.
· Practice active reading for about ten minutes. Read aloud, take notes, and underline sentences.
· Every time you get distracted, make a note on the distraction sheet.
· Continue this process until you feel you’ve made progress.
If you practice this method properly, you can easily accomplish an hour’s worth of work in about ten minutes. That’s an incredible thing, and online students everywhere should know this!
Also, if you want to focus better, you must sleep, maintain a good diet, and free yourself of undue stress. Make sure you aren’t burning your candle at both ends. If you’re going to be busy at work, you won’t be able to focus on your classes. That’s fine! Hire class help online! Call us and ask: “Can you take my class for me?”