Developing Good Study Habits, Part 2

Parents,

We’ve been talking in this month’s Online Parenting Class about helping your child to develop good study habits.

There are different ways to structure study and homework time, and it will vary depending on your household schedule and your child’s personality and abilities. However, scheduling a routine “work period” for each day of each week, starting from an early age, is important.

Some parents require kids to hunker down and open up their backpacks immediately after school—but this might not work for all (probably most) kids. Keep in mind they’ve been working hard for many hours and a bit of relaxation or play time might be of great benefit. Figure out what works for your child, and then try and be consistent. If it works to do homework from 4:00-5:00 pm every night, make that family “homework” time.

Set aside time on the weekends, too, to finish up studies or projects—which will be likely more of an issue with older children. Help your kids learn to finish their studies in as relaxed a way as possible, rather than at the last minute or late at night.

As your children are exposed to more and more difficult subjects and material, help them learn some effective study strategies. This might include:

• Keeping an agenda with the date the assignment is due
• Breaking up larger projects with “mini-deadlines” to avoid last-minute panic trying to get the assignment done
• Making flash cards
• Studying for tests well before the actual day of the test
• Organizing study groups
• Learning to take organized notes

I hope this month’s Online Parenting Class has given you some tools to help with developing good study habits in your kids. We understand how difficult parenting is, and are ready with resources and advice when you need it. We are praying for you!

Partnering with you,

Mike Sheley

p.s. If you haven’t checked it out already, this post goes with the original found in our Online Parenting Class! (click text to go to link)

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