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Can’t Get Your Child to Focus During Online Classes? Try This!

by on 05/07/2021 1051

Different Learning Styles

First up, identify your child’s preferred learning style. According to research, every child has a different learning style, namely, visual, auditory or kinesthetic.

Visual: Visual learners absorb and receive information more effectively if the information is presented in the form of pictures, charts or diagrams.

Auditory: Auditory students find it easier to absorb information through listening. They prefer to listen to a presentation by a teacher. Repeating sentences also helps in their learning.

Kinesthetic: Kinesthetic students prefer experiences that involve movement. They prefer practical lessons over theory, especially ones that involve hands-on activities or tools.

If your child has difficulty focusing during online classes, s/he is most probably a kinesthetic learner.

5 Ways to Help Kinesthetic Learners Focus During Online Classes

These tips were shared by Siti Aisyah Rozalli, an occupational therapist.

1. Sit on a gymball

There are studies to show that children (6-9 years old) can actually remain focused a little longer when they are seated on top of a gymball. The reason is that they can move their bodies while on a gymball compared to being on a chair. 

2. Avoid facing a wall

Don’t let your child face a blank wall while studying. There should be open space in front to encourage novel ideas. This will also allow the child to relax his eyes.

3. Remove all distractions

The learning space should be clutter-free with adequate lighting and ventilation. Avoid turning on the TV, radio or anything distracting in order to keep the child motivated.

4. Take a sensory break

If your child appears to be restless, try taking 3-5 minutes off. Short brain breaks in between online learning sessions are great for the child to de-stress. Brain breaks can be active activities like jumping or relaxing exercises such as yoga.  

Take a break from e-learning! Try these simple techniques to give children short mental breaks in between classes to rejuvenate their minds.

5. Positive affirmations

Encourage children with positive statements like those below. Ask them to repeat them often, believe in them, and they will start to make positive changes.

“You can do this!”

“It’s okay, rest first, continue in a bit. You will get better every single day.”

“We will try again afterwards. Challenges will help you grow.”