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30 Days and Counting: 4 Tips to Help your Child Concentrate Through the End of the School Year

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It’s that time of year again, school is almost over and students are excited to get out of the classroom and into the swing of summer. Unfortunately, this can make it harder for students to concentrate on what’s important including end-of-year testing, final exams, and final projects that will make a big difference in their overall GPA. There are lots of things kids can do to stay on track and work towards academic success for the remainder of the year.

Keep regular sessions with your tutor
It’s essential to maintain a weekly schedule with a student’s one-on-one tutor in order to maintain organization and promote concentration. When students meet at the same time every week, they feel like they still have responsibilities to fulfill and can stay focused on what’s important regarding assignments and test prep. Students who are studying for AP exams or the summer SAT, should also focus on these important tasks during their tutoring sessions.

Maintain Structure
It’s important for students to have a regular structure throughout the week. There should be certain times that are always set aside for homework and other times that allow kids to socialize or rest. When students know they will have time to play with friends or just have some rest and relaxation, they’re more likely to stay focused when it comes time to doing school assignments that they might not be 100% excited about. Students who get overwhelmed at this time in the year can feel like it’s easy to give up because it seems like there is no end in sight. Having structure and balance can help students avoid being overwhelmed and keep them on track academically.

Decide whether to work as part of a group or solo
Some students thrive in a social learning environment where they can collaborate with peers and get things done together. Other students find it too distracting to work as part of a group and it can prevent them from finishing assignments on time. If a student is lacking motivation to work alone, they may be better off joining a study group or even working as part of a small group tutoring environment where the session is led by an expert in the field. On the other hand, if there’s too much socializing going on during group study, a student may be better off in a quiet environment where they can learn without distractions.

Avoid digital distractions
One issue that continues to be a problem is the unnecessary distraction of social media. There’s nothing wrong with social media so long as a student is meeting deadlines and maintaining concentration but, at this point in the year it’s hard for students to get motivated in the first place. Students are encouraged to avoid digital distractions whenever they can and focus on maintaining their GPA for the next month so they can end the year strong and meet their academic goals. There will be plenty of time over the summer for students to socialize online or in person but now is the time to focus on school work.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa. Robyn has been published on many sites, including USA Today, Edudemic, and Edutopia.

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