The kids are going back to school and a little GPA boost wouldn’t hurt, right? Sure, there’s all kinds of tips and tricks to getting those straight A’s. They’ve been doing the studying thing for a while, flashcards line the bottom of their backpack, but what if there was a way to improve their grades that doesn’t even involve opening up a book?
Princeton University Neuroscience Institute conducted a study that can do exactly that.
“Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.”
To put that in layman’s terms your brain splits up its attention because there are so many things competing for focus. This obviously can make it difficult to concentrate on one specific task. When the study space is decluttered, organized and clean there’s not a lot of room for your mind to stray and therefore you’re able to fixate your attention on one specific task more easily; i.e. acing your Math test tomorrow morning.
After school, when the kitchen transforms into study hall, try picking up a little here and there and see if your little scholar’s focus improves. If their bedroom is where they do most of their cramming help clean it up. Purchase a few binders for easy organization and designate an area for clutter that they just can’t part ways with.
Turns out the kiddos study space may have a huge impact on their grades. Even a quick 30-minute clean may help them tremendously. Go into the school year tidy and fresh and don’t forget to leave an empty spot on the refrigerator to hang up that all A’s report card.