How long is the attention span of your child?
Young kids are naturally curious, and they just can’t wait to try everything out. This is especially so, when kids have access to an abundance of information, compared to back when we were kids.
If you’re a parent, you must have realized how your kids’ attention always shifts from one thing to another very quickly. It’s almost impossible for them to stay focused for long periods of time. If kids cannot even stay focused during play, then how do we expect them to do it when they are studying?
According to scientists and recent research, on average, a normal child can concentrate for 2-3 minutes per year of age. For example, a 3-year-old child can keep their attention for 6-9 minutes, a 7-year-old child (Primary 1) can keep their attention for 14-21 minutes, while a 12-year-old child (Primary 6) can keep their attention for 24-36 minutes.
Naturally, there are also other factors that might come into play.
If a kid faces a task that they don’t like, then their attention span will be even shorter. Conversely, they will be able to hold their attention longer on things they find interesting and things that they like to do voluntarily.
Additionally, after the attention span holds out, forcing the children to continue an activity can bring detrimental results instead, such as boredom, or even a negative association.
Unless you are looking for a way to kill the interest of a child, it is not a good idea to have weekly long revision sessions of 1-2 hours, or even longer for younger children.
How then, should we make revision effective?
The trick is to break up that weekly 1-2 hour session into small chunks daily.
You can start with a goal of just 15 minutes every day, and increase that if you see that your child can do it. Just 15 minutes every day means that every minute of that revision counts, because their attention is fully focused!
Of course, for this 15 minutes to work, you’ll need to make sure that a few things are in place.
- you’ll need to know the exact Math areas to work on,
- your child has to be motivated to do it and
- the right support should be there when they need help.
Practicle can help you do all these with ease
Discover the exact areas that your child needs and help them where they need it
Our A.I. system constantly assesses your child’s understanding of the Math concepts for each question and uncovers areas where they need extra help. Subsequent questions are then chosen in real-time according to their learning progress to meet them where they are at and guide them towards mastering what they missed out.
With practice right on target, they can now focus better and clear their doubts easily so that you don’t have to worry if they are coping in school.
Motivate your child to practice on their own (just like how they would with their favourite games!)
Math practice on Practicle totally feels like a game. Our Daily Quests feature ensures that your child will log in everyday and do their 15 minutes worth of practice voluntarily! Your child will love collecting cute pets, challenging their friends and earning rewards while our A.I. secretly trains them in their Math skills based on their own abilities. Because practice is broken up into bite-sized, manageable chunks, learning is enjoyable and fulfilling at the same time.
Guide them towards better understanding with a supportive environment
When your child needs help understanding a certain Math concept, they now have the means to learn it by themselves. We have detailed solutions and short, animated videos that break down the problem for them, walking them through how to solve the problem step by step, and your child will be able to ask further questions should they need to. Your child will also be guided to reflect on their mistakes so that they can learn from them easily.
Is 15 minutes a day really enough to learn something?
15 minutes may not sound much on its own, but just like how interest compounds over time, look at how much time your child has spent revising over a school term!
15 minutes is just right for children to stay focused and make good progress on their Math revision while leaving room for them to do the other activities that they love. It’s also a nice amount of time that you can fit into any time of the day.