Back to school: 3 tips for better focus

10 Sep 2021

For many students it takes some getting used to: back into the classroom, the college halls fill back up and you have plenty of distractions going on around you. After the holidays, during which you didn’t have to think about homework, tests or paying attention to the lecturer. But even more so after online classes during Covid.

The 3 tips below can hopefully help you focus, so you can start the new school year off great!

If you have fun doing something, you will find you don’t easily lose your focus. But, if you don’t really like school (or just some classes), there’s not a quick switch you can turn on to make it fun.


  1. A good eating- drinking- and sleeping pattern is key

A regular sleeping pattern and getting enough to eat and drink during the day has a massive impact on your day-to-day functioning. So don’t stay up all night, don’t skip breakfast and drink around 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day. A piece of dark chocolate or a handful of nuts are a great snack to help gain some focus!


  1. Limit distractions

Especially when getting your homework done, it can get difficult to keep your thoughts to your work. You’ll often find yourself at home, the place that is usually the place to rest and do stuff you like, but also the place where family or fellow students cause a lot of distraction. Try to create a spot in your home where you do your homework, so you have one particular place in the house to work. Leave your phone somewhere out of reach for less distractions by notifications and social media. In addition you can use earplugs or earmuffs. These also work great during classes or tests!

  1. Take a break

No human can work for hours without losing focus. Allow yourself to work in time slots of about 1.5 hours max (depending on what works for you) and give yourself a break in between each slot. During this break, it’s best to leave the workplace. Take a short walk or reward yourself by scrolling around some social media. After that, you can get back to it (with reluctance, maybe).

Written by: Wendy