Dear College 101:
I can’t concentrate in class. My grades are suffering. There are so many other things I need to deal with – my son, my job, and my utility bill that is behind, just to name a few. I don’t even know where to start.
It can be difficult to stay focused with so many different things going on in your life. Student Resource Services is here to assist you with a variety of frustrations you may be dealing with outside the classroom. Reach us at 1-866-640-4777 to talk through them and develop an action plan. There are a few tips we can recommend to help stay focused in class:
- Arrive Early: Give yourself a few minutes to get settled into your desk or work station. Open your notes from the last class and re-read any relevant information.
- Make a List: Take a few minutes before class to write down all the things that are distracting and stressful. Tell yourself you will get back to all of these things later.
- Take 10: If you find your mind wandering, look at the clock. Commit to focusing for 10 minutes on the instructor up front. This will help train your brain to focus on the present.
- Think Positively: Tell yourself you can do it! You have already gotten rid of negative thoughts and made your list of distractions to deal with afterwards. Use positive pep talk phrases like “I will focus in class so that I will do well on the exam” and “I can learn this material!”
Don’t let a rock in the road keep you from achieving your goals! Call Student Resource Services at 1-866-640-4777.