The biggest challenge of an educator or a parent is to keep their child’s attention focussed on the hand at task. In a world where every new gizmo is programmed to be a distraction, it is very hard for one not to be distracted and unfocused. This tends to hinder the progress of a task. Even though the next big distraction comes in a new form and distracts in a new way, there are some simple and standard ways to improve the concentration of a child.
- Time to Time Attention Checks
Children tend to get lost in their own thoughts especially while learning from videos or even during the live classes. No matter how engaging or animated the videos are, the reality is that they fail to hold the attention because students do not get a sense of being part of the activity and are just passively watching. In a class of thirty minutes, the teacher asks students questions every five minutes to hold their attention. This way the student knows the consequences of not paying attention and hence will be focussed the entire time. Now the video learning apps lack these triggers and hence don’t work very effectively for kids. However, as a parent, an easy way to tackle this is by checking in on the child every once in a while.
- Remove Visual Distractions
As the saying goes “The mind goes where the eyes wander”. If there are things that might visually stimulate a child, it needs to be removed from the environment of the task. This is why parents are urged not to keep the study table adjacent to a window as the scene outside the window might be distracting. Flashing colours, posters, changing screensavers on computer screens/smartboards etc. are a few visual distractions that can be dealt with in a classroom.
- Make the task as fun as possible
A common reason for an attention deficit child to get distracted is the nature of the task. They find it either drab or boring and don’t feel the need to pay attention during the course of the task. Classes cannot stop because of this, but it definitely can have a small twist. Maybe a class conducted outside. A quiz where students compete against each other. A game where everyone gets to participate and the lecture doesn’t feel like a lecture anymore. This keeps students engaged and focussed.
With QuizNext’s gamified quizzes, children not only get their well-needed practice and revision but also have fun doing it. Users report that they feel they are able to go on for long hours of practice with QuizNext thanks to its fun and user-friendly interface.
- Fix a routine
This is key to correcting issues in regard to attention and focus. In a fixed routine, there is a designated time for each and everything. That includes important tasks, break times and recreational activities. On knowing that there is a fixed time for everything, children are able to give their one hundred per cent to a task at the specified time. This is a very beneficial way of tackling attention and focus issues.
- Tailoring lessons/tasks to children’s strengths
Every child has their own method of learning and understanding things. Some need visual cues like diagrams, flashcards, charts etc. Some need audio cues like shared reading, musical lessons etc. Some need kinaesthetic lessons which enable them to touch and feel their subject matter like application-based projects, dioramas etc. Tailoring the tasks and lessons to the likes of the student makes the student focus on the task with interest.
- Set Up a Reward System
Studies have shown that at a young age, children tend to work best for incentive. Doesn’t change much when you grow up either, does it? For this simple reason, it is best if a reward system is established before the task begins. The reward could be grand at the end of the task or it could be small rewards at the end of every subtask. It is a very easy and efficient way of making sure the student doesn’t lose focus on their path to earn the rewards.
QuizNext offers practice in the most rewarding way. Along with having fun and amazing gamified quizzes, students really gear up to reap the benefits of topping the leaderboard and are always working hard to maintain their positions.
- Embrace the Distractions
This might seem to go against the above six points but it is essential to understand this tricky situation. The task we want a child to do is what they need to do. The distraction is what they want to do. It is essential for them to understand they can do whatever they want once they are done with doing what they need to do. For example, after an hour of homework, they could watch T.V. for half an hour. Their distraction could be their reward for their undivided attention during their studies.
QuizNext solely believes in the focussed study. After some engaging quizzes and practice sessions, the app advises the user to take a break. This way the student is well rested and can hop back on the app for more gamified fun sessions.
“A child is not a plate to be filled, but a lamp to be lit”. Occasionally the flame of the lamp might waiver but it is the job of the educator to make sure the flame stays lit. As a child gets ready to face the real world, there are many distractions he/she will face and these are a few ways they can learn to keep them focussed.