Concentrating and Getting Organised – Tips for Students
Being organised and concentrating during class time are essential elements for academic success at school and at university.
- Just hearing what your teachers say is not the same as listening to what they say. Listening is a cognitive act that requires you to pay attention, think and mentally process what you hear.
- Make an effort to concentrate during every class.
- Be attentive and concentrate on what the teacher is saying.
- Try to make links between what you are learning and what you already know.
- Sit near the front or middle of the class room.
- Identify what the teacher hopes to teach you during the lesson.
- Make an effort to sit away from friends who distract you during class.
- Participate in class – ask at least one question per class.
- Write notes – jot down a few points about what the teacher is saying.
- Wear an elastic band around wrist and flick it to remind you to concentrate!
- Use Diary – after each lesson write down homework (if nothing is set write this down).
- Look at diary and check what home work needs to be done.
- Write a “To Do List” and work through the list, crossing off each task as it is completed.
- Prioritise homework and complete what needs to be done for the following day first.
- Break home work and assignments into small manageable chunks.
- Think about each lesson during the day and write a brief summary of each class.
- Pack bag with books and gear for the following day.
- Reward yourself after homework is completed.
- If you have no homework for that night – sit at your desk and complete a puzzle or reading task.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Ensure that study space is clean and organised.
- Minimise distraction (i.e. computers, mobile phones, photos) in study space.
- Place some positive or motivational quotes on the wall.
- Ensure you have a folder for every subject.
- You may like to colour code your subjects!
- When you have a worksheet or handout, ensure it is filed into the subject folder.