How You Can Help Kids Develop Study Skills at Home
As a parent, you’re well aware that academic success is very important. You know that the wellbeing of your little ones in many ways revolves around their working habits and how they approach studying. So, if you notice that your youngsters are putting a lot of effort into their schoolwork without getting the results they’re striving for, maybe it’s time you step up and help them develop their study skills. Here are some ideas how.
Create good study conditions
For your children to study effectively, they should have the best possible study conditions. When they’re younger, you should provide this for them, but also teach them how to do it themselves once they’re older and more self-reliant. For example, their study space should be somewhere where they can fully concentrate on their work. It should be a quiet place with a lot of natural light, away from distractions such as television, outside noise or their siblings running around them. Talk about what bothers them while studying, what breaks their focus and what makes them comfortable, and then work around it. The key is for them to realize what distracts them so that they can avoid it and make the best of their study time.
Improve their note-taking skills
If your kids’ notes are messy and incomprehensive, it could mean that they’re having problems figuring out what’s important and what isn’t. Plus, if they’re trying to write down everything they hear in class, they’ll end up frustrated. Not only will they be wasting time and energy writing down what they don’t really have to, but they’ll also have notes that they won’t be able to study from. This could be a serious obstacle for them, especially if they’re preparing for an important test or even their high school finals. In this case, you should show them how to recognize the key information in their lessons and how to turn that information into useful notes. However, if the problem persists and you notice your children are stressed over it, turn to the internet. For instance, Australian high school students can rely on online WACE notes, which are coherent and concise and can mean the world to children who are struggling with studying.
Let them use their own head
If your youngsters think that school is about learning things by heart and simply repeating what they’ve been told, then you need to react. Teach them how to draw their own conclusions and how to understand what they see, hear or read. This is something you should start with while they’re still little. Read to them until they can do it themselves, then read with them and talk to them about what they have read. Ask what the stories are about, why the characters are behaving in a certain way and what their opinion is. Be patient. Giving them the answer might be quicker and easier for you, but it doesn’t really teach them how to think. What you want to achieve is that they approach their work with understanding, thinking about what they should learn from a lesson and how it applies to them or the world around them.
Make studying fun
Most children consider studying a chore, something they have to do, but want to avoid at all cost. It doesn’t have to be like that. If you think of some fun ways for them to learn, you’ll be their hero. For example, instead of reviewing their syllabus by reading it over and over again, they can make flashcards, have some friends over and turn their studying into a quiz game. Another way to make their study materials more interesting is to present their lessons through colorful mind maps with a lot of little drawings. You can even challenge them to changing popular song lyrics to contain the information they are supposed to memorize. Be as creative as possible and they’ll start enjoying their study time sooner than you think.
Once you start helping your kids develop their study skills, just the fact that they have your support will make them relaxed. And when children are happy and calm, they’ll have fewer difficulties when dealing with any of their daily tasks, including studying.
About the author: Claire Adams is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. Writer and frequent traveler from Perth, Australia, loves cooking, enjoys music, and has a passion for protecting the environment.