Dear Amy: Why can't I ever seem to focus when I'm doing math? — Emily, Easton, Pa.
Dear Emily: There are lots of reasons why someone might have trouble focusing during class or homework time. Do you pass notes to friends during class or chat on instant messenger while doing your homework? Allowing distractions during class or study time can definitely make focusing harder.
Having to sit still for long periods of time, such as during class, can be hard for many people, but getting enough exercise can help. Scientific research has shown that people are more focused and perform better on memory tests after physical activity. Try getting some exercise before doing your math homework and see if it helps you concentrate. You could also try sitting on a stability ball at a desk while doing your homework. Sitting on the ball will keep you moving as you try to keep your balance. For more ideas on using physical activity to help you focus, visit www.kidsrunning.com/
Feeling tired or hungry can also make it difficult to focus, so be sure to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before school!
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