For many children study is hard work. One of the ways in which adults and children alike struggle with their workload is through procrastination, the act of distraction that leaves you open to a rush and possible poor standards when you approach an important deadline. If you are looking to improve the results your child is obtaining in school there are a few ways in which you can cut out procrastination and help them to maximise their approach to study.
Choose A Workspace Wisely – Everyone is different, so try out a few different areas and spaces to work. Some people need complete silence to work in, whilst others might be able to continue being productive with some music or radio playing in the background. Whatever works best in terms of environment, find a clean desk, and create a workstation that suits your specific needs without any distractions.
Switch off From the World – Social media has changed everything. Now you find everyone from young students to grandparents checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat on a regular basis, and it can seriously interfere with your studies and hard work. When you sit down at your desk to revise or work on coursework, switch off your phone and tablet, don’t face a television and do everything you can to stop checking the Internet for news updates and to see what your friends are up to.
Stay Hydrated – A ‘good reason’ to step away from the work is to go get that snack or drink. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, or getting up to have some sweets, get a good old fashioned bottle of water and have it at your desk at all times. That way you can stay hydrated and focused during your work session and your brain will stay as active as possible. It’s important to treat yourself sometimes though, so why not try having a treat snack as a way of rewarding good work or milestones reached?
Work in Short, Efficient Periods – Procrastination often comes about because we know we are under pressure to deliver a large amount of work in a given period. The sense of panic can creep up on you and before you know it you’ve watched three episodes of your favourite TV show on catch up and there’s little time to do the work in front of you. The best approach to a large chunk of work is to split it into manageable chunks, and to work in short periods of up to an hour, followed by a little break of 5-10 minutes to refresh and come back recharged.
Lastly, hiring a private tutor can help a child who is struggling with procrastination to stay focused and on the right track. With regular, structured lessons with a private tutor, study can invigorate and inspire a child to learn in a different way than they do in the classroom. If you’d like to find out more about The Education Centre Liverpool and how we can help your child, contact us today. We have a wide range of private tutors available in the Liverpool, and wider Merseyside area.