Written by: Xuân Phi, 12/04/2021
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 14/04/2021
Question: Many students find it difficult to concentrate or pay attention at school. What are the reasons? What could be done to solve this problem?
(IELTS Academic – 10/04/2021)
Recently, there has been an alarming trend of students struggling to focus at school. This can be explained by the popularity of social media applications and rigid adherence to a traditional teaching approach, and I believe the resolute actions proposed in this essay offer potential improvements.
To begin with, the aforementioned problem has roots in two main factors. The first one is distractions from social networking applications. Facebook and Instagram, for instance, purposefully strive for consistent engagement through positive reinforcement by pushing real-time updates on friends and viral videos that young users often find difficult to ignore during lessons. Another sound explanation is the monotony of classrooms. Many lectures lack relevance to real life, endorsing a repetitive course of tedious theoretical assignments and lectures while failing to motivate the students with varied content.
To address the underlying causes, I would propose two solutions. Firstly, schools should impose a complete ban of portable devices in classrooms. All personal handsets could be stored in a secure room, labelled properly to be returned to their owners after class ends. This would effectively block the stream of potential distractions from online networking sites. Secondly, educators should redesign lecture content to be more practical. For example, business schools could work in collaboration with enterprises to incorporate factual case studies and engaging biographical material about entrepreneurs. Once engaged, these students will be more likely to focus more fully on their studies, ensuring higher chances of success after graduation.
In conclusion, a great number of students nowadays pay little attention at school due to the advent of social media platforms and lessons largely irrelevant to their needs. However, if schools adopt handset-free classroom policies and modernise the curriculum, students will become more attentive.
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|Endorse a repetitive course of tedious theoretical lectures||Chứng thực một khóa học lặp đi lặp lại các bài giảng lý thuyết tẻ nhạt|
|Rigid adherence to a traditional teaching approach||Tuân thủ nghiêm ngặt cách tiếp cận giảng dạy truyền thống|
|Adopt a handset-free classroom policy||Áp dụng chính sách lớp học không có thiết bị cầm tay|
|Distraction from social networking applications||Mất tập trung do các ứng dụng mạng xã hội|
|Push real-time updates on friends and viral videos||Cập nhật trong thời gian thực về bạn bè và các video nổi bật|
|Impose a complete ban of portable devices in classrooms||Áp dụng lệnh cấm hoàn toàn các thiết bị di động trong lớp học|
|Block the stream of potential distractions from all online networking sites||Chặn luồng có khả năng gây xao nhãng từ tất cả các trang mạng trực tuyến|
|Incorporate factual case studies into the curriculum||Kết hợp các nghiên cứu điển hình thực tế vào chương trình giảng dạy|
|Ensure a higher chance of success after graduation||Có cơ hội thành công cao hơn sau khi tốt nghiệp|
|Purposefully strive for consistent engagement||Cố gắng có chủ đích nhằm lôi kéo sự tham gia thường xuyên|