How to pay attention at school
Paying attention is sometimes a great art. There are ways to help yourself achieve it. You will not only better listen, look and understand, but also hear your teacher praising you. Get some advices how.
Sometimes children have difficulties with doing their homework and learning. Sometimes learning can be a real ordeal. You are not motivated, you cannot remember anything, you do not understand what you are learning or its boring… Something more important than doing your homework, which often takes too long, pops up. However, do not get discouraged, because there are ways to help yourself and finally start learning meaningfully.
Here are some ideas how to achieve that:
If you do not learn regularly, you probably have a backlog of learning material which you have to deal with for a test or exam. Do not panic. Assess the complexity and amount of the material (number of chapters, i.e. lessons). It is an insight into the material which will help you estimate approximately how much time you need for learning.
On the basis of the insight into the material, design a programme (content) and a plan (how much time you will be learning)
There are several ways of learning so you have to understand which is best for you. You can learn by reading (silently or aloud) and by listening (record yourself talking about what you need to learn, or learn with a colleague who retells the content)
Learning by reading can be combined with:
You have to know that efficient learning includes repetition. Why repetition? Because:
– it ensures permanence of memory of the material and makes forgetting more difficult
– it is necessary to repeat more often at the beginning of learning, because memory is then less efficient
– it is best to repeat aloud, in your own words, asking yourself questions and answering them
Learning employs many brain functions and you can expect to feel fatigue due to learning.
The cause of fatigue may be inappropriate learning:
– irregular learning where you, from time to time, have to learn enormous quantities of learning material in a short time without having a rest
– lack of a plan and programme (what you are going to learn, when and where, is not defined)
– the plan does not include time for rest
Boredom because one is not interested in the material, can also be a cause of fatigue. Although it sounds like mission impossible, learning will be easier if you get interested in the learning material. You will achieve nothing by complaining how boring and difficult the material is. The sooner you get down to work and motivate yourself for learning, the more free time you will have.
At the end, wishing you much success in learning, we want you to remember to:
1. Be persistent
2. Keep encouraging yourself
3. Stick to your plan and programme (by learning what you have planned on a daily basis)
4. Reward yourself every time you fulfil your plan