Adults, particularly baby boomers and seniors seeking further education, often have a multiplicity of things on their minds and difficulty staying focused on academic pursuits. One of the problems with trying to stay focused has to do with the transition from old to new modes of education. Staying focused often requires concerted effort on their part. Understanding what it means to stay focused may be beneficial to you. What does it mean to stay focused?
Dictionary.com suggests that the word focus refers to “a central point, as of attraction, attention or activity” or in terms of education, “to concentrate”.
Consider the following tips with respect to how to stay focused.
Focusing primarily on what you want to learn instead of other things, is important if you plan to succeed academically. Staying focused requires concentration, so take your adult education project or courses seriously because anything worth doing is worth doing well. It is easier to concentrate or stay focused when your projects or course material are pertinent and you are interested in them. Look seriously at your reason for pursuing further education and make certain that what you are taking in terms of courses or programs is what you want to study or learn. Is it appropriate for the direction that you want to go?
Anticipate learning a multiplicity of new things quickly. Be open to them and concentrate on them. The gamut of new knowledge will amaze, excite and challenge you. Much of this new knowledge has come into academic awareness since you were educated as a child or teenager. Be proactive with respect to concentrating on your studies. Make a point of studying on a regular basis. Do not allow yourself to be distracted. In other words, focus on what is important, not someone or something else. Be aware that adult education can be an excellent way to meet new people, so allow time for that too, but choose your new friends wisely, ones who have the same interests and academic orientation.
Seek regular guidance from your professor, teacher or mentor, so that you stay on the right track academically. Do current research instead of just regurgitating your past knowledge or experience. What you have studied or learned earlier may be a good basis for what you want to learn now, but new knowledge will color and shape your current education. Take suggestions and criticism seriously and respond in a positive, constructive way to them. Make certain that you fulfill the requirements of assignments, tests and exams.
Go with the flow academically. While you may not always understand or appreciate the direction that your current educational program is heading, it is important for you to go with the flow. Let your mind conform to current information, programs and different methods of teaching. Resisting that which you are learning or a new method of teaching will not prove beneficial in terms of helping you to stay focused.
You do have an innate ability to concentrate that you may not have discovered yet. Begin to focus primarily on what it important in your adult education knowing that staying focused will ultimately help you to be successful.