Schdule Breaks to Maximize Efficiency
Homework can feel daunting if your child believes they have to sit and stay focused for 60, 90, or 120 minutes at a time. To help your child feel less overwhelmed and more in control of their homework and time, work in shorter bursts by scheduling breaks into their nightly homework agenda. This is especially important during Covid when so much work is being done independently and remotely via Zoom. The key is that the break needs to be productive in that it is refreshing and energizing rather than opening a door to procrastination making it difficult for the student to transition back to the schoolwork.
Good breaks keep you fresh and energized.
- Use a timer. 5-15 minutes is a good benchmark.
- Take a short walk. Movement helps clear your mind and energizes your brain.
- Stretch. Relieve tension from sitting for extended periods.
- Tidy up your workspace. Return to an organized space with a fresh, clean start.
- Grab a drink and/or snack. Keep it healthy for maximum benefit.
Bad breaks fuel procrastination and poor study habits. Try and stay away from:
- Video games
- Internet/Social Media
- Texting a friend (the phone shouldn’t be easily accessible)
- Taking a nap
- Junk food