Learning to focus

Focus: you know what it is, so we will skip the dictionary definition.

But what else can you say about focusing? Well, the ES Communications Club set out to find some answers.

We interviewed students and questioned teachers. We also did some research and we ended up finding out enough to come up with some conclusions.

Throughout all of the interviews, both teachers and students agreed that focus is an extremely important factor in learning. If you focus, you'll get lots of work done. On the other hand, if you don't focus and just keep staring out the window, you'll stretch out the amount of time that you have and you'll keep worrying about that assignment.

We also learned that humans have a very short attention span and are very easily distracted. Even if you are sitting at a perfectly clean desk, devoid of all items other than your writing material, in a room with no distractions, and only the calming sounds of distant bird chirps, you will eventually, after a few dozen minutes, let your mind wander into thoughts that have nothing to do with the assignment.

So, if you find that after 30 straight minutes of work you can't do anything, don't worry about it and just take a quick break. Another thing that we learned was that certain foods like avocados can help you focus for longer periods of time, but that's just a little thing that you could find of use.

So, parents and students, we encourage you to always try your best and stay focused!

Writing & Photography by the ISB Elementary School Communications Club