Tips for Concentration

We all want our children to do well in school. Unfortunately for many kids and teens, in this always-pressured, starved-for-time era, concentration can be difficult. Here are some tips for helping your child improve their concentration and consequently do better in the classroom.

*Make time for breakfast! There is a reason that they call it the most important meal of the day. Food fuels our children and gives them the energy they need to get through the school day. When they start the day with breakfast, their concentration will not doubt be better.

*Introduce music. Playing an instrument has shown to increase focus and concentration which will crossover into school life. There are also forms of music that have proven to aid in concentration when played while studying.

*Use essential oils. There are some oils that have proved to increase concentration and focus. Such oils are Rosemary, Peppermint, and Lemon. You could diffuse these in the areas that your child is studying. If school is where concentration is proving difficult, then you could put those oils in a rollerbottle for them to rub on the back of their necks.

*Consistent bedtime. Having a consistent bedtime will allow their bodies to recoup during the night and wake in the morning ready for the day. In addition to having a consistent bedtime, they need enough sleep. Plan bed time according to the time they wake in the morning. Different aged kids need different amounts of sleep.

*Give them their own space. Having a place to go to do their studying will make a big difference. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but rather just free from distraction and clutter.

*Get them organized. A calendar with assignments and due dates will go a long way in helping your child to focus on the assignment in a proper time frame and not miss any assignments or deadlines.

*Discourage “cramming”. All this does is increases anxiety and interferes with thinking clearly. It is proven that children do much better on tests and exams when they spread out studying over several days and can find a way to relate what they are trying to learn with what they already know.

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