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Why can't I concentrate on my schoolwork?

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Last Updated: 05/27/2019 at 8:21pm
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April 10th, 2015 11:35pm
Honestly? It's probably boring. But let's assume it's not boring. Or that it is but you need to concentrate anyway. Lots of things can get in the way of concentration: stress, depression, anxiety, tiredness and trouble sleeping, problems with friends or at home, attention deficit disorder (ADD & ADHD), and the list goes on. You might just have a lot on your mind, that can also make it hard to concentrate.
April 26th, 2015 5:34pm
its said that concentration skills waver after 20 minutes, so study for those 20 minutes then take a small 5-10 minute break! its an effective way to learn. also, make sure the environment you're in is comfortable and quiet, unless you enjoy background noise. and finally, make sure to stay hydrated and not be hungry :)
February 6th, 2015 2:10pm
The pressure of school work can sometimes get to everyone. Take a deep breathe and try some relaxation techniques. A relaxed body will encourage a relaxed mind! :)
May 10th, 2016 12:32pm
yes school work is boring sometimes but we have to do it ,you lake concentration because either your not interested in study ...develop interest in study so you can concentrate in your school work ..
April 4th, 2015 6:47pm
There could be many reasons. One could be that you just aren't interested in that particular subject. If it happens in every class and becomes a problem on an everyday basis I would seek professional help to see if it could be ADHD.
April 30th, 2015 6:34pm
Maybe your mind isn't ready to work at the moment. Try again later,without any distractions in your area.
June 3rd, 2015 10:01pm
I often can't concentrate on my school work when I'm stressed, anxious or if there are other things on my mind. It helps me when I'm in a right frame of mind whenever I do school work. So to help I either try to relax just before starting to work as well as meditating at the beginning and end of the day
December 19th, 2015 10:07am
Maybe it's because you have too much on your mind or you're too distracted. You could try short blocks of time, like half and hour, of full concentration. Just sit at your table, remove all distractions like storybooks, computers and phones. For that half an hour, dont leave your table. Afterwards, you could reward yourself by eating something you like or using your phone. Schoolwork might be really boring and hard to do, yes. Think of it as a challenge and try to overcome it. You could also try to clear your mind and relax before starting on schoolwork.
December 28th, 2015 5:39pm
Because you are focusing on other things which are not important, so what I always do is wear a rubber band around my wrist and whenever I don't concentrate or get out of focus I snap it to make myself snap out of it
October 17th, 2016 9:44am
There must be something or some thoughts which is or are not letting you concentrate on your schoolwork or maybe causs of just lack of motivation.
May 27th, 2019 8:21pm
Concentrating on schoolwork can be challenging for a variety of reasons - some intentional and many unintentional. Feeling stress/anxiety is one (manageable) possibility, feeling sick or tired is another. And - of course - simply being uninterested in the subject matter may well be the reason that you are feeling this way. The best approach for many is to identify what the road block is, whatever that may be. Once one is empowered with that self-awareness, what one perceives to be a monumental task may well be far easier to address. Breathing exercises and a healthy lifestyle all help one to become more focused: not just with schoolwork but within many aspects of their lives.
April 19th, 2015 7:00pm
You may not be able to concentrate on your school work due to distractions, lack of sleep, or you may have a learning disability. If this is becoming a regular issue, speaking with a teacher, parent, and/or medical health professional could be beneficial.
May 21st, 2015 4:32am
Because your schoolwork is probably boring and uninteresting. Trust me it's hard for everyone. You're not alone.
January 5th, 2016 10:53am
Concentrating on school work is hardwhen we find it boring, we all have wonders out side achool and school work, now creating interest in school work might help you.
August 8th, 2016 10:48am
Have you been diagnosed with something like ADHD? That could be one of the reasons you can't concentrate. If you haven't, and you're finding it really hard, maybe speak to a parent or doctor about it xxx
February 9th, 2016 7:53am
Because you are either uninterested, or your need to work on focus, or you have some kind of personal problems.
May 9th, 2016 11:46pm
You must have other things on your mind. Try to clear your mind, take some deep breaths, and then try to concentrate. I also heard having mint in your mouth will help
September 27th, 2016 2:14am
you may be overthinking, or be distracted, or even just be tired. it is different for everyone, and so is the way to fix that issue.
December 12th, 2016 7:21am
You may not be in the right environment. At home try to find a quiet place without distractions. Try clearing your head- only thinking about things necessary to school