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Helping Your Child Develop Strong Study Skills: Tips and Strategies for Academic Success

ByMonica OtayzaMarch 17, 2023
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Success isn’t a one-way street, nor is it something you can achieve by simply focusing on one thing. It’s the outcome of several layers at work, from habit, to effort, to hard work, to grit, and balance. No one was born a great student; great students are made!
As parents, it’s important to remember that we are only there to guide our children through school. We should allow them to do things themselves so they are able to learn through each experience. However, there are certain things you can do to make the process more comfortable for them. Let’s dive deep into each:
1. Have a designated study area
Having a conducive environment while studying can do wonders for your child. Keep the space well-lit, give them a nice and comfortable study table and chair, and keep all their favorite school supplies on the table to make it more convenient for them.
Encourage them to decorate their space, and have them take responsibility for the space by organizing it and keeping it tidy after each study session. That way, you allow them to own their space and feel comfortable and safe whenever they’re using it. Having a sense of ownership over the space will also excite them to use it, making them look forward to studying.
2. Give them short breaks
Sitting for extended periods of time is exhausting and will likely not produce good results no matter how hard you try. Giving your child short brain breaks will allow them to reset and recalibrate, making it easier for them to absorb new information.
There are several productivity techniques you can have your child try. A famous one that many professionals use is the Pomodoro Technique, which means working for 25 minutes before taking a five-minute break, and repeating that until you’re done with your tasks.
During breaks, encourage your child to take a walk, stretch, eat some snacks, or work on a hobby. Have them do something they enjoy so that they’re motivated to continue doing their tasks once they’re back to studying.
3. Set a schedule for them
Having a set schedule will make it easier for your child to form a healthy studying habit. With so many other things going on, it’s good to set a designated time to study every single day, no matter what else needs to be done.
Set a start and end time (including their study breaks), and help them stick to the schedule. It’s not easy to form a habit, so take it easy in the first couple of days until your child gets a hang of their schedule.
Ultimately, learning to squeeze in study time around your family’s activities (whether planned or unplanned) is something that will teach your child great time management skills that will be beneficial to them throughout their time in school, and even in adulthood.
4. Boost their spirits
Sometimes, all your child needs to hear to motivate themselves is a good word from you. Positive parenting is a great way to let your child know that you are with them, and that you see their hard work. Celebrate their wins with them, and let them know they’re doing well.
It’s important to acknowledge the effort they’ve put into their work, more than the outcome they received. Trying is the best thing your child can do, and it’s something that both of you should be proud of. Knowing how you feel about their small wins will keep them excited and motivated about doing well and finding ways forward.
5. Take time to reassess with them
Although you’d like for your child to practice independence, it’s also important to check in with them on a regular basis to make sure they’re on the right track. Discuss how they’re doing in school, what study strategies are working, and what areas they need help in. Help them make changes as needed, and work together to find the best study skills that are effective for your child.
6. Prioritize their wellbeing
Children study better when their brains are more active. You can make sure your child is always feeling energized by prioritizing their wellbeing. Keep exercise part of their routine, and have them get enough sleep every night.
When they’re done with their tasks, encourage them to get some fresh air, and release their pent-up energy by doing something they like. At the end of the day, have an early and consistent bedtime routine so that they’re well-rested when they begin a new day.
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