Help Your Student Establish Good Study Habits

Mother-helping-daughter-with-homeworkChildren can learn how to develop great study habits, and it will make a huge difference in how they do in school this year. Kids who study efficiently get more schoolwork done with less fuss. They also do better in school and enjoy it more.

So, teaching your children good study habits is worthwhile. It’s not hard to do, either. The kids who follow these tips will get their homework done so fast, they’ll end up with extra free time.

Good study tips

Schedule homework time. Ask the teacher how many hours your child needs to spend studying this year, and plan for that amount every weekday. Homework is as important as school.

Set aside a study area. Give your child her own desk, or use the kitchen table. Reserving a space helps a child get in the habit and makes it easy to see if she’s doing her work. The study area should be well-lit, comfortable and quiet.

Provide school supplies. Most schools no longer provide all the materials schoolchildren need. Make sure your child has pencils, pens, paper and a ruler. Older kids need a dictionary, a calculator and a thesaurus. In addition, find out if they need other supplies like folders, construction paper, crayons or markers. Parents have to keep asking, because children often forget to mention it. That can mean a rush trip to the store.

Avoid distractions. Make all electronic gadgets off-limits during study time, except if kids need to do research. Use those games and phones as rewards for a job well done. Turn off the TV, too. Kids might say it helps them study, but you know it’s a distraction.

Praise your child. Always check your child’s homework, and always compliment it. Even if an answer is wrong, you can admire the neatness, the printing or the effort. Children do better in school when they know someone considers them a success.

Effective study skills

Help kids plan. Teach them to mark assignments on a calendar. If they find out they have something due next week, prompt them to do a little bit of it each day this week. That way, they won’t feel that last-minute panic, and they’ll have time to do the project right.

Help kids solve problems. When a child has a complicated assignment, she needs to figure out how its pieces fit together. That’s hard for a young child, but you can help. Teach your child to break down an assignment into sections and figure them out one by one.

Older kids need to manage their own time. It isn’t easy to juggle all the assignments and social commitments of middle school. However, if you’ve been teaching your child how to develop great study habits all along, her skills will improve as she grows. In high school and beyond, they will amaze you with what they can accomplish.


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