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Two simple exercises that will help improve your concentration

When I was a kid I had big troubles with concentration. It was really, really bad - I could not sit still for even a minute! Thankfully, I had a very smart guy for a coach and he realized that the best way for kids to learn is via playing. He started giving me these two simple exercises/games at the end of our every lesson and I believe that they have helped me tremendously. These exercises are designed for kids, but they can certainly help adults too, so don't hesitate to try them! You might think that I am pulling your leg, but I am dead serious - these exercises help! 

 

So, without further ado: 

 

EXERCISE #1


Extremely simple. All you will need is a stopwatch. Tell your kid to close his eyes (no peeking!). Whenever he is ready, you say "start" and start your stop watch. The goal is simple - your kid has to count to a minute in his head (eyes closed, no peeking, no words, nothing). When he thinks the minute has passed, he says "stop" and you check the stopwatch to see how much of an actual time has passed. So, say, your kid has yelled "stop" (meaning in his head count, the minute has passed) while in reality only 35 seconds have passed. This is the game-part of the exercise - you have to let him know that you want him as close to a perfect count as possible. Kids are competetive, they wanna do well and impress you. 


So at first, his count would go something like this.. 

 

"One.. Two... Three.. ..... Fifteen... Sixteen... man, it's nice outside. I wish I could go play.. Wait, how much did I have? Ok, twenty one.. twenty two.. twenty three.. I am so going to get ice-cream after this! Probably vanilla, or maybe chocolate? Hm.. thirty three.. thirty four.." 

 

You get the jist. This is how the thinking goes for people who cannot concentrate.

However, if you let your kid know that saying stop when, say, only 30 actual seconds has passed is a bad thing and maybe even offer a small incentive for "good" scores, he will start really trying to concentrate and calculate as thoroughly as he can. Bingo! That is what we were trying to achieve :) As a bonus, his sense of time will improve greatly! 


Exercise #2:

 

This one is a little bit tougher, but not by much. Again, you will need a stopwatch, a pen and a sheet of paper. Your kid has to pick a three digit number (if he is really little and might have problems with three digit numbers, you can start at two digit numbers). Say he picks 345. Write that at the top of the empty sheet of paper. When you guys both ready, you say "start" and start your stop watch, while your kid continously adds 3 to this number, and writes the new number down. 

So it would go: 345, 348, 351, 354, 357, 360, etc. etc. etc. He does this for exactly one minute (or two, or one and a half, it is up to you). After the minute has passed, you say your key-word (create one yourselves) after which your kid has to take the last number he had and start subtracting 7 from it. Say the last number was 360, so it would go something like this: 

360, 353, 346, 339, 332, etc. etc. etc. Again for one minute. After the minute is up, you take his sheet and count all the entries that he made (you can check if they are correct but it doesn't really matter). Whenever you do this exercise again, your kid will really really want to beat his last result and therefore he will concentrate much harder. Vualia! We are helping him improve his concentration while also having some fun (and improving at maths!) 

 

Again, I am dead serious about these exercises. If your kid, or you yourself, have trouble concentrating, try doing these regularly. It only takes a couple minutes after all :) 

 

If you have any questions or if my explanations are unclear, ask in the comments and I will try to explain it in another way. 

 

Best of luck!

TVEDAS

Comments


  • 7 weeks ago

    FM TVEDAS

    Very glad you liked it! :) 

  • 7 weeks ago

    dave700

    What admires me most that while trying to learn how to play chess myself I find a solution for my 7 years old boy and an exercise to improve his focus which majority of kids do really lack these days. Great, Mr. TVEDAS! Thanks.

     

    Dave

  • 7 months ago

    FM TVEDAS

    I am glad that you found it helpful! :) 

  • 7 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Must admit. I'm 46 years old and I have an incredibly difficult time staying focused. Your first exercise NAILED IT! I'm the kid in that situation, thinking about pretty much anything. What outfit am I going to wear, what is my own child doing, wonder if I have time to do whatever before going to sleep, etc! I may have to try this on myself (my own very smart child can perhaps help me!). Exercise two may be tougher. I suck at subtraction! ;).

     

    Kidding aside, this is good for working on focusing and I'll bet there are a lot of adults who have some difficulty in focusing as well (but I'm brave enough to admit it!)

    Thank you very much for posting.

  • 11 months ago

    LimpSpider

    The Ex. 1 is easy for me, but ex 2 I have difficulty (and get things wrong) because I generally use a calculator for my math, and when I'm deprived of it, I revert to fingers and toes...

  • 11 months ago

    FM TVEDAS

    PooPooPerson, what's up? :O 

  • 11 months ago

    LimpSpider

    Did ex. 2 and counted wrong...like almost everything wrong...

  • 11 months ago

    PooPooPerson

    YOU  CANNOT   BE SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!

  • 11 months ago

    FM TVEDAS

    By how many seconds, if you don't mind me asking? :)

  • 11 months ago

    LimpSpider

    Myself? I failed it. 

  • 11 months ago

    FM TVEDAS

    For those who have tried it: how did it go? Did you/your kids enjoy it? Any suggestions on how they could be improved? :) 

  • 11 months ago

    gembommo

    Thank you for sharing it.

    Will probably try it with my kids..

  • 11 months ago

    dani_el

    Very instructive!!!!

  • 11 months ago

    Jamesh20000

    Liked the 2nd idea.

  • 11 months ago

    captain_sulu

    These are definitely great exercises for kids.

  • 11 months ago

    BobJoeJim

    I tried exercise #1, and I was making such an effort to focus, and not get ADD, that I counted way too slowly and came out at 1:31.  Definitely need to learn how long a second actually is, lol.

  • 11 months ago

    LimpSpider

    This. Is. Great!

  • 11 months ago

    DENVERHIGH

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