Tips for Focusing at Home
Many young people have to study or work from home because of the coronavirus. If you’re not used to studying at home, it can be hard to focus.
We have made a list of suggestions that might support you to concentrate and get things done at home.
Stick to a routine
A routine is a group of actions that you do everyday.
Example: getting up at 7am every morning. Brushing your teeth after you have breakfast.
Part of a routine could be getting up at the same time every morning. Or you could try going to bed at the same time every night.
Get enough sleep
We need at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is important because it gives us energy. Without sleep it can be hard to concentrate.
Think about where you work
Where are you studying? It is important to have a comfortable chair to sit on.
Another important part of where you study is the light. Your eyes will get tired if it is too dark.
If you can, try to sit in a quiet space. This will help you to concentrate.
Take regular breaks
It can be hard to focus for a long time. That is why it is important to rest after learning new information.
You don’t have to rest for a long time. You could even get up and make a cup of tea and then come back.
The Pomodoro technique is one way to make sure you take enough breaks. It means working for 25 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break.
Eat healthy foods
Food is fuel. Food gives us energy. Some foods are better than others.
Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday is good for your body and your mind.
You should try to eat some fruit and vegetables every day.
Making a list is a way to keep track of the things you want to do and the things you have done.
You can make a list of tasks you want to do each day. Or you can write a weekly list, with tasks you want to do each week.
It feels great when you complete one task on the list and cross it off.
Use online resources
There are lots of videos to watch and activities to do for different high school subjects.
The ABC have videos about different topics. Some of the videos are about subjects you might learn about in high school.
You can watch them here.
The videos have subtitles in large font.
Start with topics that interest you
You’ll have more fun if you’re learning about something you like. Pick something you like or want to learn about and look for information about it.
You could look on your library website. Or you could search on Google.
Example:if you want to learn about Deaf culture, you could watch this video. There are some questions you can answer at the bottom of the page.
If you are trying to remember information, writing it down can help. You could write with a pen and paper or use a device to type. You could also record your voice.
Read the notes you took again, and this will make it easier to remember the information.
Set small goals
If we have a lot of things to do, it can feel overwhelming and hard to know where to start.
A goal is something you want to do in the future.
Instead of setting a big goal like, “Learn about the history of Italy,” you could write: Watch a video about Italy in the 1900’s.
When we have something to look forward to, we can concentrate better.
Example: tell yourself that after you have done 1 hour of work or study, you can watch an episode of your favourite TV show.
Ask for support
Learning new things can take a long time. It can be difficult if we don’t know what a word or idea means.
You could ask your teacher to explain by sending them an email.
Or you could message a friend or family member to see what they think.
An App such as Moodfit could help you understand how you’re feeling and the things that make you feel good. Find out more here.
The State Library has some more information and suggestions for learning here.
What helps you stay focused when you’re studying at home?
What are you learning about?