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6 Tips for Understanding Instructions in Class

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1. Focus
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Really focus on the person speaking, turn towards them and look at their face while they’re talking.

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2. Look out for clues to help you understand
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Your teacher might write key words on the board or there may be pictures in text books or on the wall that will help you understand.

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3. Try to work out what it is you find difficult
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If it’s hard to understand the actual words or there’s too much information at once, don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher.

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4. Talk to your teacher
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Tell someone if you’re not sure. You won’t be the only one in class finding it hard! You could:

  1. Ask the teacher to repeat the instruction or to write it down for you. “Could you say it again please?”
  2. Ask them to explain the words that you don’t know. “Can you tell me what that word means please?”

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5. Longer instructions can be confusing
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Ask your teacher to break instructions down into smaller steps, or to write them down for you.

Look at what the rest of the class are doing if you’re not sure what to do first. If they’re all handing in their homework and then going to the next lesson, it’s a good idea to do things in the same order too.

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6. Talk to a parent/carer
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Talk to your parent/carer if you are struggling to understand instructions in class.  They can help support you to work with your teachers.

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