We get it- concentrating in class isn’t always easy to do. But learning how to do this can improve your marks and make your time at school a lot more enjoyable. If you struggle to concentrate in class, here are a few ways to improve.
Get to know yourself
Before you can concentrate better in class, it’s a good idea to get to know yourself first. Think about what distracts you in class. Are you quite talkative? Do you find the subject uninteresting or difficult to understand? Once you know what the issue is, you’ll know what you need to focus on. If you struggle to concentrate because you can’t hear, read or understand what is being taught or have other medical condition that affects your concentration, this may mean you need some special accommodations in class. Speak to your parent or guardian as well as with your teachers - don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Set intentions for the lesson
It’s easier to concentrate in your lessons if you see the value that they’ll bring to your life. For example, if you’d like to improve your Maths mark, you can remind yourself of this goal before every Maths lesson. The effort that you put into each class will benefit you in the long run, so keep the bigger picture in mind.
Distractions can make it hard to pay attention in class, so minimising these will help you stay focused. For example if one of your friends or classmates is talkative or noisy, consider moving seats to somewhere quieter (preferably at the front of the class). Or if you check your phone often in class, you can switch off your notifications and put it in your bag. Distractions can be hard to avoid sometimes, though. So, whenever you feel your mind wandering, you can at least recognise what’s happening and make the decision to focus back on the lesson.
Even if you’ve got the lesson’s notes printed out, taking your own notes in class is an easy way to remember valuable information and stay focused on the topic of the day. If your teacher moves quite quickly and you struggle to write, you can use shorthand and keywords to write the information down.
You won’t always be able to concentrate 100% in class - you’re human, after all. Just remember that if you’d like to focus more in your lessons, you’ve got the power to make it happen by using some of these tips.