It is very important that you help your children to develop good study habits; more importantly by the time they get to the secondary school and are preparing for higher institution. As a way of laying the right foundation, it is actually more beneficial when good study habits are encouraged at an earlier age when the child is still in the primary school education.That way by the time such a child gets to college, they will not feel exposed to overwhelming loads of homework and projects they have to produce.
Use the following strategies to assist your child in creating good study habits that will prepare them for a good and healthy study life in the future.
Get a daily planner.
A daily planner is a great way of reminding the student of the tasks they have to complete each day. They do not have to cost you a lot of money to acquire as there are a number of good Apps that can be downloaded to mobile devices and you can also go online to download and print to paste on the wall for more visibility.
Avail yourself of study guides when possible.
A study guide is very useful tool that consists of summarized versions of a particular book. It basically highlights the fundamental ethics and main points. Study guides are particularly handy as reference guides as they can help a student to get prepared and be on top form for new topics that are being treated in classes.
Help shape their mindset
When a child’s mind is properly and well tuned to accept studying as a good and valuable venture, they will grow to love studying and are more likely to accept it as part of their daily routine and thereby forming good study habits that would help them in the future.
Design homework schedules inside the daily planner.
Apart from the school homework that your child get, you could also create some homework that will not only keep them occupied but would be a very handy habits for the long summer holidays. Quite often, most children go back to school after the long break not remembering what they learnt before the school broke up. You can schedule the homework for one week at a time and then you can go back and add things whenever they come to light.
Organise school bags and books the night before.
Organising and preparing for school the night before will ensure everything that is needed in school the following day is packed without leaving anything important behind. There’s nothing worse than receiving a phone call from your child or their school to drop off the homework that they left on the kitchen table! Another great tip for getting your child more organised is to ensure they have separate folder for each subject at school making it so much easier to find their notes and chances of losing homework becomes less.
Ensure enough good night rest
No doubt the life of a student is a busy one, however, according to the ones that know best in the medical arena, every child needs between 8 to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. A good night sleep and healthy breakfast will help boost their concentration levels. I know mornings can be quite busy in most households, however, at the very least healthy smoothie, protein shake or bar for your child will go a long way. The young ones need enough fuel to keep their busy minds going all through the day. Students end up feeling bored and exhausted before their lunch break due to lack of adequate night rest or not eating breakfast.
Develop good note taking skills.
Thank God for the technology age! These days most students take it upon themselves to record the teacher as they teach in the class and then write their notes at a later time. However, some schools do not allow phones in the classrooms. If that is the case, encourage your child to take as much notes as possible whilst the teacher is teaching as it is almost impossible to assimilate all the content teachers deliver in the classroom. Being able to take good notes will ensure they have adequate materials to revise for exams or for writing up essays. After school clubs and being part of study groups are also fantastic ways of encouraging good study habits as it gives them more opportunities to ask questions about topics they’re not clear about making their school work more manageable.
Helping your child develop good study habits is a great way of preparing them for the future as we never stop learning. If you want to start building good study habits, there is no better time to start than now and from wherever you are right now. Take a look back at your child’s most recent school marks and see where you can start to fit in any of the above strategies. The tips given here can be used by any student as tools and resources that will assist them in building a good study habits for their education now and in the later years.