What to Do If Your Child Isn't Focused During Online Learning

Posted by Anthony Yoo on November 24, 2023


You're getting settled into a remote learning routine with your kids, but there is still that nagging question, "Are we doing this right? Are we doing enough?" One of the biggest dangers of remote learning is the tendency for students to be less focused without a regular teacher looking over their shoulder. Let's look at some of the warning signs that your child isn't engaged and cover a few ways you can help your child stay on track during remote learning. 

When The Distractions Become Too Much

You want to make sure that your child is doing "enough" in their remote learning experience, but you don't want to stress them out in this already stressful time. As with most things in life, your child's remote learning success will be about balance. 

The best way to gauge if your child is doing enough is to evaluate whether they are completing their necessary assignments each day. Have you found at the end of the week that there is still uncompleted work? Are they getting confused by new material? 

If your child seems off course, here are a few ways to right the ship.

  • Talk to the teacher - It is important to know what is expected of your child and to find out where your child is struggling. This will also help you figure out how to help your child at home.

  • Set expectations - Set clear daily expectations for your child. Your child should get into the habit of fulfilling their daily responsibilities before going to play. 

  • Incorporate breaks - While it may sounds counter productive, breaks can actually help improve the productivity of your child. Observe your child for a few days to see at what point they start to drift away. Plan for breaks around those times.

Staying Focused During Remote Learning

One of the biggest obstacles to online learning is simply keeping your child focused. Here are some ways to keep your child focused during remote learning:

  • Set a routine - Set a schedule so you and your child know what to expect during the day. Customize the routine to fit how your child works and let them have a say in building their schedule. 

  • Move daily - Incorporating exercise into the day will produce tremendous benefits. Remember, at regular school your child would have a lot more opportunities for physical movement. You need to make a conscious effort to keep them moving each day. 

  • Minimize distractions - Some kids can become easily distracted at home so you need to designate an area where they have to work. This area should be free of distractions like toys, television or even pets. 

Online learning can be a successful experience for both you and your child. If you are feeling like it's time to call in some reinforcements, Math Genie is here to help. Our staff has successfully adapted our classes for online learning and we are eager to help you turn this crazy school year into something great. Sign up for a free class to see for yourself. 

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Topics: Focus, Learning, Concentration, Independent Learning, Better Focus, Online Reading, Learning Strategies, Learning Environment, Enhanced Learning, Digital Learning, online classes, online math, Remote Learning

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