ARE YOU READY? School has started for most, either in the classroom, or from remote learning. Whichever, concentration is a must, and concentration begins with proper habits of study.
In Tucker’s day, Gramma would prepare him for class work a few weeks before school started. Tucker came in the house when there was plenty of daylight left, settled down by the Philco radio, and unwound before going to bed - on time, at the same time each school night. That’s necessary to concentration and school success. Sameness is important. We call them habits. Routine, a schedule, habits - different names for the same experience. They make things run more smoothly, more successfully.
Since school has started, you’ll need a “school routine.” School work, regardless of the location, requires habits:
1. The same study corner of the house
2. The same hour of day
3. The same “stage” – no TV, no distractions like games, toys, fudduddles of any kind, no cell phone
4. You name the things that distract you the most – put them away
Habit building is doing the same thing over and over. Never practice your routine incorrectly. That means, don’t keep your game device nearby “just this once”; don’t check your messages even if you’re expecting a few lines from Dr. Who. You get the idea.
Building a habit, is deliberately doing what you don’t naturally do. Make a list of the things necessary to help concentration. Cover the topics over which you need control:
I can choose the same Location – it is:
I can choose the same time of day – it is:
I can choose the things I’ll need – they are:
I can choose the things I don’t need – they are:
Habit Building Challenge: Are you strong enough to participate? … To practice your new ability to make wise choices that build habits, try this. During your favorite TV program or frequently played game, stop what you’re doing, go into your bedroom and move a shoe from one side of the room to the other, every day. Why? To prove to yourself that you can choose wisely for yourself – you are in control of you. You are strong! Nothing can interfere with your study or your ability to do what you know is best for you. You hold the power over you. You will feel stronger than you ever have. Put that ability to make wise choices into practice, and build those positive study habits. Purposefully do what you do not naturally do.
Have a great study time. You’re a self-made honor student!
Doris Gaines Rapp
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