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4–6 hours a day. That’s the amount of time most students are in their seats every school day. It’s hard to stay focused when you are sitting for long stretches of time, and if you can’t focus, it may be difficult to learn.

We know it’s ineffective to merely tell children to pay attention or “try” to focus. Our real dilemma is finding a way to help them do this more intuitively.

Here are some techniques that may work for your child. You might want to suggest some of the following things to your son or daughter:

  1. Sit in the front of the class. When the board and teacher are directly in front of your child, it will be easier for him or her to stay focused.
  2. Carry a water bottle to class. Since dehydration can interfere with a child’s ability to concentrate, suggest that he or she sip water periodically (or even hold the cold bottle against his or her forehead).
  3. Challenge yourself to participate. The more children engage in the class discussion by raising their hands, asking questions, and offering answers, the more likely they are to stay interested. While answering every question isn’t necessary, recommend that your son or daughter offer opinions and ideas at least two or three times during a class.
  4. Make smart food choices. Many students enjoy sugary snacks during the day, but you know that a sugar crash often results in sleepiness and inattentiveness. You can help your child by teaching them about healthy snack choices, such as cheese and crackers (which contain protein and carbohydrates, so they’ll get the energy they need without the drowsiness that comes from consuming too much sugar).
  5. Stretch between classes. The longer children sit at a desk, the stiffer they become. We recommend coaching your child about stretching techniques, which can help improve concentration by increasing blood flow.

Overall, these strategies have helped many students improve their concentration. Every child is different, and it’s important to consider what works best for each individual.

If you have any questions about how to effectively implement these tips or help your child succeed, feel free to call us at 212-706-1044 or email us at info@elevationtutoring.com.

If you have any questions about how to effectively implement these tips or help your child succeed, feel free to call us at 212-706-1044 or email us at info@elevationtutoring.com.