3 Tips on How to Stay Focused in School

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When school starts again it is really challenging to help your kids stay focused. Not only do they have to let go of the total freedom that summertime brought them, but they now have to learn how to readjust and get used to being focused and busy once more. If they are having a hard time getting used to a different schedule and focusing on their studies, offer suggestions on how they can get used to school again and stay productive.

Stay Focused When on the Internet

With Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites within a tempting click away, it’s easy for your child to get distracted when they’re doing research for paper writing and other assignments. Tell them that it’s important to stay focused and suggest to them that if they limit their time on the internet and only stay on the sites that they need to be on, they will be far more productive.

Asking for Help When Needed

No one goes through school doing everything perfectly, and that’s why it is alright for your child to ask for help. They can go to you as their parent, a professor, and even find affordable proofreading services . School is about learning, so if your child doesn’t understand a subject as much as they would like to when they’re in a difficult class, encourage them to keep going. Sometimes it takes time to achieve and learn and every day in school will definitely make a difference.

Set Realistic Goals

If your child sets realistic goals when they are in school they will feel proud of themselves when they accomplish the tasks they set out to complete. Setting simple goals like accomplishing one assignment in one hour’s time is a realistic goal, as opposed to them thinking they can get three assignments done in one hour. Over time they may become more productive with their homework, but until then realistic goal making will take them far.

There are many other tips that you can mention to your child when they are back to school for a new semester. Even if it may be early on in a new school year, as time goes on they will get used to the hard work ahead. Keep encouraging them to try their best and they will succeed in all that they do.


Sierra is a freelance writer and owner of Paige One . She loves to read, write, and stuck with school and earned a Bachelors degree in Communications.



First Day of School: Books to Help Your Kid Cope

Seems like only yesterday when you and your kid were chanting “No more classes, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!”   Now, with summer coming to an end and only a few days to go before school starts, you feel the dire need to relax at hot tubs and spas just to help ease some of the tension out of all the back-to-school preparations.   More than fretting over miscellaneous fees and your daughter’s request for that Tinkerbell school bag, you worry about how your kid will cope with the underlying stress which is often part of the first day of school.  As a mom, you can help your child feel less jittery by reading the following books to him: [Read more…]

First Day Jitters: How to Cope

This is one party I’m not enjoying at all. For several days now, butterflies have been fluttering about and partying like mad inside my stomach. Needless to say, this has caused me gastric discomfort at so many levels. Why am I nervous as hell? Well, aside from attributing it to the fact that I’m a natural worrywart, it’s because the first day of school is just a week away. No, I’m not the one going back to school…it’s my daughter. I’m feeling a hodgepodge of emotions ranging from excitement, to anxiety. My daughter is naturally excited, but luckily, not as jittery as I am.

If your kid is going to school for the first time, or is going to a different school this year, he or she may have the first day jitters as well. How do we, as parents, help them cope with this?

Talking to them is a big help, of course. Condition them as to what going back to school will be like. Since most of them will be reunited with old friends, remind them of that, so they’ll have something to look forward to.

Role-playing might help. Pretend that your child is about to board the school bus, etc. Play the part of her teacher, and enact a classroom scene where each child introduces herself to the class. This would definitely help if she’s the shy type.

If she’s going to a new school, a few days or weeks before, you could take her there, just to get a feel of the environment, sans the mob of students. Show her where her classroom will be, where the playground is, etc. It will help her relax a bit, when school finally opens.

Make sure your kid has everything she needs, and that everything is in good condition. Her school supplies need not be new, but they shouldn’t be too shabby that she’ll end up covering her face out of sheer embarrassment.

Fear of the unknown is a fear shared by most people, young and old. The key to handling this is mental and physical preparedness. Of course, nobody knows what the future holds, but if we do whatever is in our power to anticipate the possible things that could happen, this helps to quell our fears, even just a tad bit.