Tips for Concentration

Very rarely is there just one homeschooled student in a family.  When you’re in a “classroom” with multiple grades, it can sometimes be hard to concentrate on your schoolwork.

After all, your mom might be working with two or three of your other siblings at one point – teaching the history and science you learned two years ago.  And while you’d really just like to concentrate and finish your math test, you can’t seem to stay focused because of all the interaction around you.

I’ve been there.  It’s hard to focus on studying, numbers, or dates when your siblings and mom are working on something completely different – and in the same room.  These are some tips that I found helped me, along with a few friends have suggested.

Study in your room.

If able, take your school to your room.  In high school, I completely the majority of my schoolwork in my bedroom, with the door closed.  I could concentrate SO much better without everyone talking nearby.

Listen to instrumental music. 

Key word here: instrumental.  Odds are, music with lyrics won’t help.  However, if you’re unable to study in your room, putting in your earphones with some jazz music might help mute the other conversations.

Study outside.

This still requires a portable laptop/internet connection and/or books, but if you’re able, studying outside is a great way to help your concentration.  Unless you get distracted by the wildlife, that is.

Eat potato chips.

On the surface level, this may not seem related, but the crunchy chips will drown out your sibling’s conversation and after a few bites, possibly kick-start your focus.  I suppose if you want a healthier option, crunchy carrots, celery, and jicama would do the trick.


The absolutely best for me was studying in my room, but I understand that option is not available to everyone.  I hope these tips help you stay focused while studying.  I know that was a constant problem with me.  You’ll also be able to study better if you exercise regular, drink lots of water, and eat a hearty breakfast.

Until next time, this is Tialla Rising, signing out.


Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at

May 27, 2014


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