How to Stay Focused at the End of the School Year


Kaitlin Kaupas, Special Reports Editor

It’s that time of year again when the school year is almost over and kids are anxious for summer so they start to slack off. It’s important to not slack off and make sure you stay focused until the very end.

Some ways to help you stay focused at the end of the school year include:

Being Organized

Most students tend to do better when they are organized. Make sure everything is in a specific spot. For example, don’t keep your language arts work in your math folder. This way you will know exactly where to find your work. A lot of times we spend so much time rummaging through crumbled papers to find homework, but if you keep each subject in its own folder you’ll be saving a lot of valuable time. Also if you’re studying at home make sure your work area is nice and neat or else you will get distracted. Keep only relevant things to what you are doing in the area.

Make a Set Schedule

Every morning make a schedule of everything you need to get done that day. Doing this will make you more focused and motivated. This will also let you focus on one thing at a time. You can start with your most important tasks at the top and the less important at the bottom because it’s better to leave the smaller tasks for the rest of the day when you’re tired and don’t feel like doing much and it’s important to get the bigger, more stressful items done first.  When you make your schedule stick to it. At the end of the day when you finish the schedule you should feel accomplished.

Be Consistent

Being consistent with your daily routine is important because it will help you stay more organized and focused. Being consistent will help you accomplish more in a shorter amount of time. The less consistent you are you will find yourself getting easily distracted and not being able to accomplish as much. Your daily routine should be the same from September to June; just because it’s the end of the year doesn’t mean you can change your habits.

Take Breaks

Believe it or not taking breaks can actually help you keep your focus. Taking breaks will motivate you to complete your task, help you rest your eyes and mind and prepare you for whatever you have to do next. Find something to do during your breaks, such as talking a walk or even looking out the window. It’s important to give yourself time to regroup or even if you’re having trouble with a particular assignment to go back to it later and do another assignment for the time being.

Get rid of distractions
By far, in today’s generation the biggest distraction is technology. Whether it’s checking your texts or checking your social media accounts technology is very distracting. These distractions will prevent you from doing your work so be sure to keep them out of sight. If you keep your phone in sight you will be tempted to look at it and go on it which isn’t good.