Study Break Ideas To Achieve Optimum Learning & Focus.
If there is one thing that is certain, the rise of virtual and electronic learning has introduced the implementation of countless digital programs and virtual learning spaces. Students are faced with adapting to new structures of learning and processing information. In addition to their regular workload and homework assignments, they might be in need of a break to help them recharge.
Study breaks or “brain breaks” can be restorative and recalibrating for your child when it comes to their schoolwork. Just like adults, kids need breaks throughout the day to refuel before jumping back into their work. Taking sporadic brain breaks can boost motivation, creativity, energy, and overall attention. At Jill Abrams Tutoring Inc., we recognize that all students’ learning styles are different and that there is not a “one size fits all” method for teaching or learning. Students have diverse needs to stimulate their minds during a study break. Here are a few options to suggest to your child that will leave them feeling clear minded and ready to complete their best work!
Get the blood pumping. Studies have shown that physical activity and increased blood flow to the brain lead to a rise in productivity and focus. Encouraging your child to get up and move around will get their juices flowing and stimulate their bodies and minds! Some ideas include cardiovascular activities like running, jumping, skipping, doing jumping jacks, and any other activity that increases their heart rate. Adding a little zest to students’ study breaks can also help manage feelings of restlessness or the inability to sit still. Frequent bursts of activity can be great breaks for the brain that will leave your child ready to focus after they get the jitters out!
Find some fresh air. Depending on the activity, taking a break outside can boost creativity and destress your child. Whether it be a walk around the block, a game of fetch with the family pup, or a quick pick up ball game, some fresh air and natural elements can be the perfect recipe for kicking those dreaded study slumps. The great outdoors can be a fantastic brain break for students, however, make sure to keep break time within time limitations if there are still academic responsibilities to be completed. Sometimes one hula hoop attempt turns into 5… 10… 20. We’ve all been there. Make sure your child knows they are just taking a break rather than signing off for the day.
Destress, stretch, find some inner peace. Is your child feeling stressed? Perhaps the best way to refocus on heavy topics is by slowing it down with yoga or working on some breath exercises. All students have different ways to balance out their emotions and feelings when it comes to school work and academic responsibilities. Practicing mindfulness activities like yoga, stretching, journaling, or listening to some relaxing music can destress and declutter your child’s mind before tackling their next assignment.
Use your creativity to find new and fun ways to get your child’s mind stimulated and able to focus. This list of activities provided by Jill Abrams Tutoring Inc. can serve as a guide for ideas for your child’s next brain break.
By Sabrina Fox