MAKE YOUR TIME SPENT STUDYING COUNT!Excellent infographic linking LEARNING STYLES to studying strategies:Study Habits: The Key to Success
Ways Parents Can Help
One of the most important gifts parents can give their children is help in learning to study effectively. Good study habits can bring success and satisfaction during the school years, and they may bring higher rewards in the working world. Study habits are simply a set of tools that can be used to help increase the amount of information learned and prolong the length of time information is remembered. The benefits of good study habits can grow throughout the years.
Encourage The Study Habit
Studying needs to become a habit and parents can do many things to help children develop this habit. The study habit does not come naturally to most people. It takes work and time to develop. Because good study habits are the key to success in school, they are worth the effort on the part of students and parents.
Now that your student is in middle school, the information, development and support of good study habits is crucial to success in school. As a parent, you can help!
Your student will need:
A quiet place to study
A clean, clear workspace
Needed office supplies - pens, pencils, ruler, and markers - close at hand
Well-organized folders and notebooks
A daily assignment book, regularly monitored
How To Study Best
Decide together what is the best time for your family and for your child to study. Make it the same time each and every day. If there is no assigned homework, the scheduled study time should be used for reading and review.
Study time should be 40-60 minutes for the 5th and 6th grader. Late afternoon or early evening is often the best time. This leaves time at the end of the day to relax. For some students, however, early morning is better for reading and review in preparation for the coming school day. Whatever you decide, remember that one hour of concentration is better than two hours of interruptions and distractions. No phone calls; no prolonged snack breaks; no TV; no impromptu chatty visits with other family members.
Plan for scheduled study breaks. A kitchen timer or alarm clock can signal a time for a scheduled break. Set the timer again to signal the end of the break and time to get back to studying. Once every 20 minutes is a common timing for breaks.
Remember that parents are homework supervisors, not homework subcontractors.
Make sure your child is at his study place at the study time.
Maintain quiet in the house during the study hour.
Check in on your child - give her encouragement and praise.
Check your child’s assignment book.
Prioritize assignments with him--what should be done first, second, third...
Check any work your child would like you to check for her.
Sit down with your child and help him organize and clean out his folders and notebooks.Adapted for HMS 2015