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Rhee Helliwell | Feb 20, 2017

Helping Your Child Pay Attention in Class

Categories: Teens, Education, Children, Tips, Performance, News, Testing

Paying attention in class can be a huge challenge for many kids, even more so when it’s later in the day and they’ve already had a full day of learning! Here at Tutor Doctor we know how crucial it is for children to be focused during ALL of their lessons so they’re able to learn and retain as much information as possible. That’s why we’ve thought up a few easy strategies that you can use with your child to help them concentrate better in class.

Sit close to the teacher

Sitting in the first row of class nearest to the teacher will help your child in a few different ways. Firstly, there’s less to distract them, meaning the teacher’s voice will be louder than other sounds in the classroom. It also means your child can easily grab their teacher’s attention if they need help or aren’t quite sure about something.

Avoid distractions

If sitting at the front of the class doesn’t appeal to your child, then it’s crucial they avoid sitting near anyone or anything that distracts them from their studies. If this is a group of noisy kids, best friends talking to them or sitting near a window overlooking a football match, they need to move somewhere else! Not only will distractions disrupt learning and focus, it can even get your child into trouble and behind in their studies. Make sure they know it’s okay to ask their teacher to change seats so they can really concentrate.

Change position regularly

There’s nothing worse than your child sat slumped in the same position for hours. If anything they’re likely to daydream and lose concentration quickly. Making sure your kids change or move positions in their seat regularly will keep their brains active and engaged. Just make sure they do this quietly so they don’t disrupt other students.

Ask teachers for help

If your child is really struggling with their attention span in class, talking to a teacher privately and asking them to give a signal when they’re off task is a great strategy. The signal can be super simple such as a quick tap on the desk or making eye contact. We guarantee it will make all the difference!

Every lesson counts

Finally, remember to remind your child that every lesson counts! It’s no secret that kids have favourite teachers and subjects, meaning they’re more inclined to pay more attention in some classes over others. However, it’s particularly important for them to focus in the subjects they find boring or tricky, as it will really benefit them when it comes to exams and final grades!