4 Study Habits to Teach Your Child

By: Alicia Ardelli

​There’s nothing most children and teenagers dislike more than studying for an upcoming test. For some, it can be one of the most tedious task to complete throughout their school years. However, using study tools or getting into regular study habits can help drive your child to academic success. Here are four of those habits you can help your child learn:

1. Get organized. Getting organized is the basis for all other useful study habits. Once your child learns to organize their time along with their work, the assignments that get thrown their way won’t seem so overwhelming. Creating to-do lists and writing reminders down in a planner is the best way to get work done on effectively and efficiently. Color-code material from the same classes everywhere and number work by importance to stay on track.

2. Create the perfect study space. A recurring factor that puts a damper on a child’s study time is the environment that they are immersed in. When studying, your child should be in a space free from distractions which include the television, cellphones, and tablets. Try picking a spot for your child to study away from the TV and set some rules on cellphone usage. If you find yourself with your own homework to do, work alongside your child and set an example of good work ethic.

3. Ask questions. The greatest tool a student can resort to is their teacher. Remind your child not to be shy or anxious when they need to approach their teacher for a question. There is no better person to ask for help with understanding problem than the one who handed it out. Teachers are always willing to respond to students and help out with work. Their students’ success is a reflection of their own work so naturally they will do their best to ensure that they understand the course material as best as possible.

4. Think positive! Developing a good mindset is the backbone of motivation when it comes to schoolwork. There are lessons to be learned from nearly every assignment handed out by teachers but an abundance of work can often lead your child to consider them pointless. Ensure your child understands the importance of the work they are completing and how it will benefit them in the future. If you notice your child beginning to panic about their work, remind them to simply do their best and that help is always available if they need it.

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