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5 Ways to Help Your Child’s Study Habit

Does your child struggle to get their homework finished? Do you let projects wait until the last minute? Does the overwhelm of their homework cause them to ‘freeze?’ Many children have trouble studying and managing larger projects. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help them better manage their studies.

I’m Arizona school assembly presenter Graham Rogers. Each month of the school year, I present educational and fun school assemblies across the state on science, reading, and character education. Each month, I write articles like this one to help parents and teachers.

This article will detail five ways to help your child improve their study habits. None of these are hard. Once you get your child on board, they will likely have an easier time completing their homework and focusing on their projects.

Helping Your Child’s Study Habits #1: Meet Their Teachers

At the beginning of the school year, schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher. Doing this helps set expectations. You’ll understand how the teacher runs things. You’ll get to understand the teacher’s personality quirks and demands.

Meeting them at the beginning of the school year helps you get off on the right foot. If you come to understand the teacher and get to know them, you’re in a better position to understand their point of view. This is critical. It’s likely at some point your child will come home screaming how unfair their teacher is.

If you already know the teacher’s rules, policies, and expectations, you’ll quickly be able to find out if the teacher was being unreasonable or not.

Helping Your Child’s Study Habits #2: Dedicated Space

Many times, a child struggles with their studies because of where they are. There may be distractions that break their concentration. Each time a person is interrupted, it may take 20 minutes or more to fully reengage in whatever they were working on.

Set up a dedicated study area for your child. This area should be free from other people, pets, and especially the television. If your child shares a room with another sibling, try to find them a different area of your home where they can focus on their studies.

Be sure this area is also stocked with supplies. Paper, pens, pencils, and other tools should be nearby and within reach. An unmotivated child may use searching for these items as an excuse to wander off and lose track of time.

Helping Your Child’s Study Habits #3: Help Them Review

Some children don’t know how to review for a test. Many kids just flip through the pages, looking at the material. But are they reinforcing what they see or merely letting their eyes glaze over?

Help your child prepare for their tests with active review. Prepare flash cards. Go through the material itself and ask your child questions. Also, ask your child questions in different ways.

You could practice with multiple choice, true/false, and even short essay answers. In the last example, you would ask your child to expand upon the answer to tell you why they feel their answer is the correct one.

Helping Your Child’s Study Habits #4: Create a Study Calendar

Every child needs to learn time management. But kids often can’t conceptualize time. If a project is not due for a month, they may find it perfectly reasonable to wait three weeks to start it. Yet that project was likely very complex, warranting a due date so far off.

Sit down with your child. Look over their assignments. Begin to construct a simple calendar based on homework and project due dates. Your child may balk at starting a project today that isn’t due for several weeks. It’s up to you to explain to them the value of doing a little work each day rather than cramming right before the deadline.

Helping Your Child’s Study Habits #5: Ask for Help

For many children, this is the toughest lesson to learn. Kids want to be independent. But struggling to complete an assignment they don’t understand does them no good. It only builds stress and frustration.

Remind your child to ask for help. If not from you, then from their teacher. The teacher may have explained something in a way your child didn’t understand. Encourage them to ask the teacher for additional help. Remind them that the teacher will likely be impressed by their initiative rather than simply struggling on their own.

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