Take an instance when you are doing something on your laptop. You receive a phone call. You attend to the phone call. Around this time you receive a Facebook message, and look it up on your mobile phone. You do all this while still working on the laptop.
Were you distracted? Do you think that the same thing applies to your child as well? Are you sure that your child is getting distracted while studying?
Parents want their children to get rid of these distractions when studying. But a recent report has revealed another fact. More than half of school going children never fully immersed themselves in study over a prolonged period of time.
Some students seemed to cope with this. But others didn’t succeed. So, if you as a parent are wondering why your child is not doing well at school, you would need to look at the distractions. Is your child getting distracted while studying? What are the distractions? But do people really fail on efficiency in one activity when doing other simultaneous things?
UCLA conducted research on the effects of multitasking on human beings. Using magnetic resonance imaging, brain activity was charted. The finding revealed that the brain learned even when it was being asked to multitask. Different people had different ways of learning.
Women excelled at effective multitasking while men liked to do one thing at a time. Another startling revelation of the research was that while we think we are doing many things at a time, we actually aren’t. The multitasking is actually shifting focus and attention from one task to another.
Some examples of multi-tasking the brain
Talking on the mobile while driving
This is something you see quite frequently. Although doing this is finable, people still do it all the time. Many accidents have taken place due to people losing attention while talking on mobile phones and driving. Why does this happen? It happens because the brain does not process two-events at one single time. It only shifts the attention. In case of accidents, drivers may not have had enough time to focus their brains on driving.
Many kids listen to music while studying. Research has indicated that music is a distraction-filler. In other words, to avoid hearing random noises and getting disturbed, kids choose a musical sound. In time, their brains get accustomed to it.
Parents can participate in the homework completion process as far as possible. Another effective way would be to ask your child to stand up, walk around, do certain simple chores and even answer your questions.
Parents need to understand that multitasking is only for tasks that need less brain-work. Even if the need for multitasking arises, choosing one brain-working task and choosing one mindless task works well.
About the author: Amanda Kidd is a blogger whose keen interest in the medical and technological field always keeps her on a lookout for latest news and happenings. Being a family girl, she also loves blogging on parenting site as well with topics generally focusing on family and children.