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Dear Dish-it: I Can't Focus in Class

Dear Dish-it,

I need help staying focused in my classes. I have a low GPA and I want to pass 7th grade - I heard it's hard! I don't want to fail this grade because I haven't failed one yet - help!

princess 1

Dear P1,

As you know, slacking off during class isn't only a bad habit, it's also bad for your grades! Focusing in class really proves to teachers that you're a capable student, and it also shows that you've got maturity and self control, which will be very important in the future. Here's how to focus better in class!

1. Get a good night's sleep. Get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Set a bedtime routine, and go to bed at the same time each night. Your mind won't be able to concentrate if it's not rested...it needs a break, too!

2. Eat a healthy breakfast. Eating a nutritious meal in the morning gives you fresh energy for the day. Remember: a healthy breakfast doesn't mean a BIG breakfast. Just something nutritious and yummy to help you feel more energized and less groggy throughout the day.

3. Avoid sitting with friends. Chatting with friends isn't gonna give you the focus you need to stay on top of class. If you've got an assigned seat near a friend who wants to whisper with you all the time, ask your teacher about getting your seat moved and let your friend know that you just need to focus.

4. Get rid of any other distractions. Some of us get distracted very easily - and that's perfectly OK. But when distractions keep you from learning, that's a problem. Is that water bottle catching all your attention? Remove it from your desk. How about that gum you're chewing? Throw it out and start taking notes. Eliminate distractions (even if you don't want to) and you'll soon find your attention going to the teacher each class.

5. Look at the teacher and make eye contact. Your teacher is not just standing up there babbling - she's trying to give you an education! Show her that she has your full attention by looking her in the eye and observing her movements. Try your best to look alert. If you feel your eyes wandering to something else in the room, catch yourself and focus back on your teacher.

6. Know your goal. Most teachers tell you the subject of the class in the beginning. If possible, write it down the minute you hear it. What is it that needs to be done today? What will you be learning about? How can you stay alert and focused during this time? Set goals for yourself, and remind yourself of the objective throughout class. This way, you know exactly what you have to do.

7. Take notes. By taking accurate notes, you'll be able to "get into" the lesson. Recognize key points as your teacher speaks, and listen for key phrases such as, "This is important," "This is the main idea," "This will be on the test," etc. This can help you listen better; you'll have something to do and focus on.

9. Get involved in class discussions. When a teacher asks a question, offer to answer it. If she asks for an opinion, share yours. This shows the teacher that you're listening during the class, and that you know your stuff. It can also help you avoid those embarrassing moment when the teacher calls on someone and that student has no idea what they're being asked because they haven't been listening in class!

10. Ask a question. If you don't understand something, NEVER be afraid to ask. This really shows your teacher that you want to be better, and can recognize the things you're having a hard time with. Chances are, someone else in the class has the same question (and was too afraid to ask!). They'll be relieved - and so will you.

11. Do your best. When you walk into that classroom, put a smile on your face and some confidence in your step. Be the best that you can be at all times, and show your true potential!

Sound Off

What do you think princess 1 should do? Got any tips/tricks for paying attention, concentrating and staying focused in class? Have your say by leaving a comment below this story!

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drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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Abbergrl
Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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