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How to increase your child's attention span


If school examinations are round the corner, here are ways to increase your child's concentration.

Most parents feel helpless in the company of overactive and restless children, more so during the time of school examinations and special projects. ``Unwilling to sit at the study table for more than an hour, how will my child pass this exam?'' This is the natural panic reaction of many parents. However, panic begets panic. Therefore, do not panic and concentrate on the following ways in which you can help your child to concentrate on the exams. 
 

What Your Child Should Do?


Set a Routine

Routine is a must for everyone, more so for your child who is facing an exam. Your child must have a special routine tailored to the examination timings.  If this routine habit is inculcated in the child right from the initial years, he or she will be able to effectively meet the challenges thrown up by life. 


Have a Study Table

People say that decor and furniture do not necessarily affect concentration. But children are certainly more attentive in a conducive ambience. If one sits at a desk, on a straight back chair, one is more likely to be able to concentrate than when lolling around on a sofa. A child lying down on the bed while reading will most probably fall asleep. So it is best to sit at a table or a small desk.



Study for a Minimum of One Hour at a Time

It takes the mind at least 8 - 10 minutes to clear out other distractions when anyone sits down to study. So once the child gets into the mood, let the child be there for the next 50 minutes or so. Let there be no disturbances in these sittings. Otherwise, the focus will be lost. Some children like to study in the morning, and some late in the night. Parents should leave this choice to the children.



Set a Goal

It is important that you decide how much your child should accomplish in one hour.  Your child will only be too happy to achieve these targets and brag about it. 



Reduce Distractions

If you feel that your TV viewing is distracting your child, avoid late night TV or other forms of entertainment. You can even stop talking to a friend on the phone for a long time.  While sacrificing your leisure, you must make the child aware of such decisions. The child should not take you for granted. Moreover, you have to clarify that exam time routine is not applicable to the adults.



Eat Light Meals

Encourage your child to eat light food along with juices and milk shakes. Intake of heavy food is bound to make the child feel lethargic and lazy. Let the child eat at regular intervals, not at one go. Ask your doctor for a good brain tonic. Milk, fruits, cheese and similar energizers are always welcome. 



Be Orderly

In order to avoid clutter at the last moment, make your child organize the study material well in advance. For example, sharpen the pencil and fill the ink pens much before the exam. The child should have a head bath regularly in order to have an alert mind. Let the clothes be ironed properly. These are small things that will matter in creating an ambience.


Cultivate an Intense Desire to Excel

You have to impart a drive to your child, a drive to excel and come out in flying colours.  Therefore, as a parent, you have to make the child focused. Teach your child to take keen interest in whatever he is studying, not just for the school exam but also for the exam of life. 



Faith in Yourself

Never allow your child to indulge in self-doubt or worries. Let your child be confident of his or her abilities, especially avoid last minute exam-time preparation. 

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Riya Sharma.3 years ago
I have made a regular study routine for my kid. So, it helps him to be prepared before the exam date. It also helps him to be tension-free at the last minute. Proper plan with relaxed preparations will always make children to score good marks.
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Geeta.4 years ago
Yaa, I agree with Ramya. It is essential to get involved with kids while they are studying so that their attention span increases as well as parents know that their child is actually studying.
 
 
 
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Ramya.4 years ago
Having a proper routine for child's studies will help to increase child's attentions span. Also parents should make sure that they get involved with their kids while they are studying so that parents can get an idea of their child's grasping power.
 
 
 
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Neetha.4 years ago
Very nice article and good tips for increasing child's attention span. Improving attention span is a must so that child can get good marks in exams.
 
 
 
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Raj.7 years ago
these days television, is the major distraction a child faces. its not the a child should be completely stopped from watching television, but he there must be some restriction on the time and also the kind of serial he watches. he should be encouraged to watch more of educative channels like the national geographic channel.
 
 
 
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i watch telivision quite alot and am the one of the top in the class and passed a private school test with a scholarship thier not educational channels either. also my school. you can see the government report in a search engine, type in winnersh. it not a private one.
 
 
 
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