In order to ensure that your kids get the most out of study time, it is important to be organized. Doing so can lead to better habits and overall improved learning and retention. Check our our tips to help your student.
Set up a Study Station. Give your child(ren) a place where they can study. This should be a designated area be it a desk or other area in your home.
This should include the items they need including pencils, papers, pens, proper lighting — or anything else they will need to complete their work.
Schedule time on your calendar. It may seem that your student knows when to study, but by putting this on their calendar, it shows that it is a priority. If your child is older, he or she will have no problem adding events such as games, dates and other school activities to his or her calendar — and study time should be no different. They can work this in with other items on their schedule, making sure to set up ample time to complete their studies.
If your child is younger, add this to your family calendar so that it is visible. He or she will know when it is time to study and when they just get to hang out or play with friends or video games.
The time should be set and adhered to. Make sure that it does not interfere with practices or other events. It should be followed….even if that day they do not have much studying to do. When you make studying a priority, your kids will too.
Make a list. As your student learns that they need to study for a test or if they are struggling in an area, have them right it down. That way, when it is time to study, he or she will know where to focus time so that they get the most of the study session.
Help younger children with this as well. Rotate the study sessions to include the various topics they need to cover in school – even if it entails just reading a book to you.
Best of all, as they complete a task, they can mark it off as done. That checkmark can be liberating!!
Use your alarm. When you start your study session, make sure you send a start and end time so that your child doesn’t overwork his or her brain. In addition, it can be helpful to take a break just so so your child can clear his or her mind and doesn’t spend too much time sitting. If they sit too long without taking time away it can actually be counterproductive.