Multitasking is No Friend at Homework Time

Date Published: 29/04/2017

 

Even though you might think you can multitask successfully while doing your homework, research shows overwhelmingly that this is a myth. In fact, this habit scatters your focus and affects the quality of learning that is taking place.

In our world where distractions such as social media, Youtube videos, games, email and messaging are at our fingertips, students often believe they can switch between all of these activities while completing homework at the same time.  In fact, that is what you are doing – switch tasking or background tasking, and the brain does not do this efficiently.  It is set up to monotask – doing one thing (well) at a time.

Not convinced?  Take a look at the evidence

Read the following authoritative Edutopia article for #tips on Conquering the Multitasking Brain Drain by expert Judy Willis MD and try these ones out yourself to see what a difference they make.

Best suggested #tips:

Turn off all social media, messaging and email

Silence your phone

Set a timer for regular breaks – 5 minutes every 20 minutes – when you can check your Facebook messages, etc.

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