In this case, it is important that both parents and teachers give importance to this aspect and help children to keep their attention alive for as long as possible. Psychopedagogues draw attention to the context in which children do not show “enough” concentration.
They recommend that lessons be engaging and presented in an interactive manner. Also, during the lessons it is important to make constant efforts to capture attention, not just at the beginning.
Luciana Terente, Educational Specialist INTUITEXT believes that “it is a joint effort to help students to be focused, attentive and disciplined when they learn. It is important for parents to understand their child and especially to observe what exactly distracts him from learning (external but also internal sources, such as certain beliefs, concerns or problems).
At the same time, let’s put the point on I and say that the content they have to learn is also important to be presented attractively, accessible, easy to understand, and present current approaches.
Today’s students, especially the little ones, need knowledge provided almost like in a story, and not just a classic lesson. And older students, in middle school and high school, must be trained in exploration, so that the study becomes an adventure of knowledge that combines both sustained work and, why not, interactive learning, offered by current technology.”
Here is an infographic that presents some ideas for improving attention in learning situations.
Students can focus on a learning task (which involves voluntary effort) between 20 and 35 minutes.
When a student focuses on a more difficult task, it can fluctuate, depending on both the interest in the subject and the effort.
There are also educational platforms through which students can learn through audio-visual materials, simulations, and interactive tests. In this case, attention can be maintained much more easily for a longer time, due to the increased level of motivation, interaction, and diversity.
How to focus on learning activities?
The student can start by eliminating the things that distract him: the phone, and the social networks that many students have an account on.
The organization of the office is equally important and necessary, in order to have almost everything he needs close at hand and not to crowd the workspace with unnecessary objects that distract attention.
A list of all the things he has to do that day will surely help him:
- Establishing a daily calendar with time intervals in which to deal only with certain subjects or certain themes (preferably one at a time), would help to organize the activities.
- Avoiding what is called multitasking (doing several activities at the same time). The attention is focused on the rapid change of activities and the child does not, in fact, get to really focus on any of them. Although we live in times where there are more and more factors that can disrupt concentration, there are also solutions, some simple and easy to implement.
- Create A Structured Routine, One of the fundamental ways to support children with ADHD in improving their concentration is by establishing a structured routine. Consistency and predictability provide a sense of stability and help minimize distractions.
- Design a daily schedule that includes specific times for study, play, meals, and rest. Clearly communicate this routine to the child, utilizing visual aids such as calendars or charts, to help them understand and follow the schedule effectively.
Remember, every child is unique, and it may be helpful to tailor these techniques to suit individual needs and preferences. With patience, consistency, and a supportive environment