Even if your little one is only in kindergarten, you can begin teaching him or her good study skills. If your kids are older, it’s never too late to help them develop good study habits.
Good study skills will not only benefit your child through their academic career, but they also help with overall memory, information retention and organizational skills.
In a perfect world, our children would be graded on practical and hands-on abilities. Our school systems still focus on memorizing information, so here are some steps you can take to teach your children good study skills:
Create a Study Routine
The best way to establish any good habit with your child is to start them young. As soon as they start school, begin age-appropriate study periods.
Young children in elementary school can practice reading and writing. Even if nothing is sent home from school, you can read a book with them or help them print the alphabet and their name.
Eventually your child will receive homework from their teachers. Use this study period not only to complete homework but to review it as well.
You need to create an environment of focus in order for your child to study effectively.
Be sure to turn off all screens and put the phones away.
Designate a Study Area
Studies have shown that participating in activities that require stimulating the brain while in the bedroom can lead to sleep issues. This is because your mind will eventually associate the bedroom with being alert.
Create a study area for your child instead of allowing them to do in the bedroom. This doesn’t have to be a special area of your home- the kitchen table or a large coffee table is perfect.
Make sure wherever you set your child up that the area is quiet and calm. A high traffic area may create distractions while your child studies.
Allow Study Breaks
No matter your child’s age or workload, they will need a break.
Kids naturally have notoriously low attention spans. If required to sit and study for too long, they will become antsy and lose focus on what they are doing.
Too much studying can also lead to fatigue and burnout. Having breaks while studying will help them retain the information they are learning.
The best breaks while studying are ones that are active and physical. Moving around helps to focus the brain once it returns to the task of studying.
Show Real World Examples
Simply reading words on a page may not be sufficient in helping your child retain what they are supposed to be learning.
Try to link what they are learning to the real world. For example, you can use STEM activities such as these to demonstrate concepts such as science and math.
Practical examples ensure that the study material is not boring and increases the chances of your child remembering and understanding their lesson.
Take Advantage of Technology
There’s nothing wrong with hopping onto the internet in order to answer questions and seek visual aids.
We as parents don’t always have the answers, especially when it comes to academics and school stuff. Instead of leaving your child in the lurch when it comes to questions you can’t answer, use reliable online resources such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Infoplease to find them.
The internet is also a great resource for visual aids such as images and infographics. Infographics are quick and clear representations of information using graphics. You can search for infographics here.