Tuesday, March 16, 2021

9 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Better Study Habits

9 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Better Study Habits

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School is a big deal for kids. They are setting out to conquer something that can be a huge challenge for many learners. With lessons and homework piling up, developing good study habits is important to help your child succeed. Habits are difficult to establish and even more difficult to adopt, which is why it's so important to start now. Whether it's throwing a baseball, tying laces, or slipping on socks, children naturally imitate the actions around them.

Not only does having good study habits allow your child to concentrate more, but they also may have a lower chance of becoming stressed and anxious. Without good study habits, it can be difficult to make the most of each school day.

What are these methods? How do you help your child develop them? Let’s take a closer look.

The 9 Ways to Help Your Child Develop Better Study Habits: 

1. Regular Scheduling

It is important to stick with a daily routine to keep your child's studying regular. Studies show that the more consistent the study habits are, the easier it is for students to take in the information they are taught. The most productive time for most learners is first thing in the morning when they are fresh. This is when they should be getting their studying done. Don't give them the option to put it off or to cram it all in at the last minute.

Regardless of whether your child is a morning learner or not, laying out a schedule that has a first thing in the morning blocked out for school work will help them stick with it. If they can't get their studying done first thing in the morning, then you should find a time that works best for them.

2. Good Time Management

After laying out the schedule that works best for your child, it is important that they stick with it. Kids can have a hard time sticking to something when there are too many options on what to do, or when something else seems more interesting. Also, when they are starting to get bored with school, they need to push through and finish their studies before they give in to temptation. 

Studying habits, after all, are not easy to change. Being on task seems like a habit and they need to develop. The same applies to their school work. There are so many distractions going on at school that they need to take control and decide what they should do first. Decide whether or not studying is more interesting than playing video games, making friends, doing sports, or hanging out with friends. There will be times that they need to decide which one is more important.

Aside from that, having good study habits also includes having a good workspace. When they are doing their homework, they should do so in a quiet environment. A quiet environment helps them focus on what they are doing, while also allowing them to concentrate better. It keeps them from being distracted by all the things going on around them.

3. Prioritizing Learning Tasks

Sometimes, getting started on their studies can be hard for children. Make it easier by having them focus on completing the most important tasks first. They will feel more motivated to push through and finish the rest of their schoolwork when they could see that they finished something big in a short amount of time. By providing them with a list of to-do items that they can easily check off as they complete them, your children will feel more organized and will feel that they have accomplished something by the end of the day.

Ask your child to look over their task list and find one or two things that they could finish quickly. Have them jump right into it and have them use their earlier energy to push through. If they are not ready to finish something, have them put it off until later during a break or after an enjoyable activity. Then, have them write down the next item on their list that they will have time to finish.

4. Learning From Notes and Homework Assignments

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Your child needs to take notes while they are at school. These notes will help them to better remember what they learned. Also, if their teacher gives out an assignment, they must get it done right away so they can review their notes to make sure that they understand the material. 

If they leave it to the last minute, there is a higher possibility that they will not get an excellent grade on their assignment. Many times, children try to copy their friend's homework assignments. While this can be a good way for them to learn something new, it also allows them to cheat. Thus, they should learn from their notes and assignments.

5. A study place that’s clear of distractions

Working in a quiet place is important for a child to focus and not be distracted by noise. The best place to sit and complete schoolwork is in your child's bedroom or at the kitchen table. If they need to do homework after school, it is important that they either study in their bedroom or in the car on their way home. 

6. Establishing Good Work Space Habits

After finding a place to study where there are no distractions, your child must make good habits of how to set up their space to work best. A good habit is to have everything they need for their homework assignment on their desk or table. This includes a pencil, a notebook with the assignment written on it, and any materials that they will need to finish as a calculator or textbook.

7. Keeping Distractions in Check

 The biggest distractions are going to be your child's peers. To help lessen the distraction of friends wanting your child's attention, it is best to get them involved in activities that do not require them to be right in the middle of the action. This may mean that they need to have their own space to work where they can listen and still focus.

8. Practicing Good Concentration Skills

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Good concentration skills mean that your child wants to finish one task before starting on another. When they have done this, it means that the task was completed right the first time because there is nothing else they need to take care of. It also shows that they understood what was being taught in class and were able to apply it rather than slowly learning it through repetition over several days.

9. Don't think of studying as a chore 

The best way to develop your child's study habits is to avoid the goals of studying and focus on what you want your kid to gain from their effort. You can help them understand that learning is an enjoyable activity, not a chore.

If you can get your child to see studying as a long-term solution rather than a short-term fix, then they're more likely to want to learn. Here are few tips on how to it:

  • Get them excited by telling them that you're going to do a big project together.

  • Teaching them the value of an effort. You need not spend hours studying but if you work hard for five minutes, it can pay off later on. 

  • Reward systems and incentives work well to encourage your child to study more. 

  • Helping your child understand how their choices will affect their future and by doing so, they'll be more motivated to put forth the effort needed for success. 

  • Giving them control over their own time has a powerful effect on motivation.

  • When they are engaged in learning they feel good about themselves and therefore will want to continue. 

  • Providing your child with opportunities to succeed so that they begin to build confidence and can get a sense of achievement which will make them feel more motivated to learn. 

  • When your child learns how to study effectively, they'll be more likely to do it on their own without the prompting of parents.

Your child must be able to complete their schoolwork while they are still young. You are there to help them overcome any issues they may have, but if you can't help them with their studies you will be part of the reason why they won't be able to become successful in the future. By setting up a good schedule for your morning that has dedicated time set aside for schoolwork, you will be helping your child stay on track and focused when they have a lot going on in their day. 

This guest post about learning something new was made in collaboration with NY Baby Steps and Twinkle Teaches.


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