Tips From an Online Tutor: Four Ways to Focus in Class

We live in a world of constant distraction. From social media to after school sports, students have a million things on their mind, which can be distracting when they are in the classroom.

While our online tutoring will help you get the grades you are capable of, concentrating in the classroom can’t hurt.

1. Get some sleep

It’s hard to concentrate when you’re running on a couple of hours of sleep. In many instances, students rely on distractions to keep their eyes open. No offense to teachers, but geometry at seven in the morning is not conducive to alertness. While we understand it’s challenging to manage a busy schedule, we encourage you to try and get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Don’t laugh, it’s possible! You may have to sacrifice a bit of time online or watching TV, but you’ll thank yourself when you’re the only one not snoring during the first hour.

2. Be curious

Ask yourself this: are you interested in what you are learning, or only memorizing information to get a good grade? Even if a class doesn’t align with your interests, be curious about what you are learning. If you’re interested, you’re more likely to ask the teacher questions, take notes, and engage with the coursework. Start viewing your classes as something you get to do, not something you have to do. You’ll understand better when you’re older.

3. Don’t sit next to a friend

There’s nothing better than starting a new class and walking in to see the smiling face of a friend. We have some bad news. That smiling face might be the reason why you did poorly on your last test. While we all enjoy time with our friends, it’s best to have some distance in the classroom. It’s great to have a friend as a study buddy, but you don’t want to be giggling and passing notes while the teacher is going over something important. Give them the old “it’s not you, it’s me” and sit on the other side of the classroom.

4. Don’t skip a meal

If you’re fortunate enough to have access to three healthy meals a day, don’t skip one. Many students manage their time poorly and think it’s okay to skip eating to make up for it. Sure, you might get to class on time, but your rumbling belly will become a distraction. Eat a good breakfast and lunch, and you’ll have the energy you need to concentrate in the classroom.


Our experienced online tutors have many great tips for academic success. Sign up for your San Diego online tutoring today.