Tuesday, March 17, 2015

School Work and Noise Distractions

I always find it interesting at parent conferences when students tell me they can't get their work done because of noises, brothers and sisters, TV, music, etc. These things are mostly controllable so I found these suggestions from Stowell Learning Center very helpful.  

Trying to stay "on task" can sometimes be a major goal.  No matter what time of year, getting the mind settled down to do homework can be challenging.

Is your child one of those easily distracted by noises and talking?  Does it feel like any little noise can pull her attention away from her homework?

Is it difficult to "switch gears" and get the mind focused on homework?

Below you'll find a quick suggestion to help focus students on the task at hand.

Reducing Noise Distractions

Here's a simple way to reduce noise distractions and increase concentration at the same time:
Try using a pair of noise cancelling headphones and some soothing background music (classical is often a good choice) to block other sounds.

Step 1 - Get your student in their regular homework place, remove any distractions (cell phones, chat windows, TV, etc.), and just "settle" for a moment.

Step 2 - Now, add a pair of noise cancelling headphones (over-the-ear are the most effective) and switch them on. They will immediately eliminate a great deal of background noise.

Step 3 - Next, play music through them that will help keep the mind focused. Our clinic students have whole libraries of Samonas selections that help do this.

If you're just getting started, try getting a copy of Pachelbel's Canon in D, Beethoven's Sixth Symphony Movement #2, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony Movement #2, Bach's Air on the G String and Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, or Dvorak Ninth Symphony Movement #2.

Make a playlist with several of these.

STAY WITH "classical" music," NOT "pop" music or even Christmas music. AVOID classical pieces like the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss, Ride of the Valkyries, by Wagner, etc. as well as choral music. We're looking for smooth, flowing, non-distracting music.

Remember this, the kids don't have to love it. They may complain at first, but, in a short time, most students actually like it. With headphones and classical music students will get better focus and become MUCH more efficient with homework.

Give it a try and let us know how it works.


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