How to Help Your Kids Thrive Academically

School is back in session and, no matter which way your kids are attending, all parents have one thing in common—they want their kids to succeed! Whether your children are in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college; they all need to master one specific skill in order to be successful. The key to academic success is having good study habits.

With good study habits, your students can ensure their academic success no matter what learning environment they are in. Here’s what you need to know to help your students academically thrive during this challenging time.

Create a study space.

 

Choosing the perfect place to study is key. 

You want to pick a place that’s relatively quiet and private. It should have all the right tools nearby (like pencils, paper, note cards, or whatever your student requires). Plus, it needs to be well-lit.

 

Aside from that, it’s really up to your student. Help your student decide whether he or she studies best at a desk or sprawled out on the floor. Then, turn your student loose to decorate. When he or she has control over how the space looks and feels, it’s going to feel more inviting and exciting to spend time there.

Take good notes.

Good notes are key to understanding and learning new material. Whether it’s writing important facts or passages on notebook paper or simply using a highlighter, taking notes on whatever you’re learning is a good way to increase retention.

Practice testing.

One key to doing well on tests is to practice taking them. If the teacher provides practice tests, use those. Otherwise, you can help your student study by asking questions as you browse their text. 

 

However, if your student doesn’t have practice tests or a person to quiz them, he or she could make flash cards. Creating flash cards helps your student identify what’s important, and then the created card can provide both a quiz question and an answer.

It’s okay to ask for help.

Teach your children that it’s okay to ask for help. If your student is struggling, it would be wise for your student to contact the teacher and ask for help. Then, the teacher can provide the help and guidance your student needs to make sense of whatever is unclear. 

Avoid distraction.

In our digital age, distraction is just a second away. With the lure of phones, tablets, and computers; finding the discipline to set the electronics aside and focus on school work can be a real challenge. And, for most parents, it’s a struggle we didn’t have as kids. This makes it harder for us to know how to respond.

 

One suggestion is to have designated electronic-free time during study time. Have all family members put all their electronic devices in one spot. Those who don’t need to study can read for fun, chat, or quietly watch TV together. Then, after an hour or so, check in with your students and see how they’re doing. Offer help if they need it or enjoy time for yourself if they don’t.

Take breaks when needed.

Teach your student that it’s okay to take a break. If they’re not fully understanding what they’re reading or trying to learn, sometimes the best option is to take a break. It doesn’t help to stare at the page for a disproportionate amount of time. 

 

Often, what the brain needs is a little break and time to reset the system. Then, when your student returns to studying, he or she may find the information easier to understand.

Avoid cramming.

It has actually been proven that cramming before a test is an ineffective means of studying. Students do best when they take the time to study a little bit each day. Even ten minutes of reviewing class notes per day can help your student be better prepared come test time.

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