Strategies for Improving Concentration
Concentrating on an assignment may be easy to do for a short time, but if a particular task requires longer periods of focusing, your mind may begin to wander. To concentrate means that you are directing your mental powers and efforts towards a particular activity. Below are three strategies to ensure that you are mentally prepared to concentrate on a task, so that retention and understanding is maximized.
Ringing cell phones, loud music, internet surfing, and chatting friends are all distractions when you are trying to concentrate on task. Make sure you unplug from all sources of distraction, so that your attention is solely focused on the task at hand.
Consuming nutrient dense food is vital to concentration because your brain needs the right amount of fuel to process and retain information. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, spinach, and walnuts are examples of high nutrient based foods which are great for concentration.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water allows your body to be fully oxygenated, which in turn, will improve mental performance and concentration. Make sure you drink at least eight 8- ounce glasses of fluids every day.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Getting plenty of sleep ensures that your body is fully rested and able to take on the cognitive processes of the day. Set a regular bedtime for yourself and try to sleep for at least eight hours a night.
SLOs: Effective Critical Thinker
Throughout the duration of study at Ebenezer International Christian Academy, students are expected to master five School wide Learning Outcomes (SLO’s). One of the five SLO’s is being an effective critical thinker.
By being an effective critical thinker, students are able to solve real life situations and make appropriate decisions. Upon graduation, EICA SCHOOL expects students to display the following characteristics of an effective critical thinker.
- Solve real-life challenges with efficient problem solving skills.
- Use a variety of methods to examine, define, and assess ideas.
- Apply problem solving skills to achieve a personal or academic goals.
- Solve problems through the effective use of pertinent technology. After graduation, students will use the critical thinking skills acquired at EICA SCHOOL in a variety of real life situations. Critical thinking will be utilized in the pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities, in the workforce, and in interpersonal relationships. This important characteristic is necessary for life’s complexities at the high school level and beyond.