Are you feeling nervous because your child is just starting high school or college and you know it will take a lot more studying than they are used to? Or maybe because they keep telling you that they have plenty of time for studying, even though their exam period is right around the corner? No matter the reason, studying, in general, can be very stressful. This is also why kids often procrastinate, become nervous, and eventually fail to show their full potential. Luckily, there are ways to help your child study – and here are some you should consider.
Set the scene
The environment can affect a person’s mood and productivity, and not every setting is good for studying. So, decide on the time and place for studying that best suits your child. During that time, there should be no distractions. Their phone should not be anywhere near, and the Internet should be used only for study purposes. The study area should be clean and well lit. There should also be enough room for all the study material, and the chair should be comfortable.
Additionally, some kids prefer some background noise while studying. So, if it helps them, let them play classical music. Just avoid any songs with vocals, as it can be hard to ignore the words (even if they are in another language).
Help them manage their time
Studying should not be done during the exam period – that’s the time for the revision of what they already know. Actual studying, on the other hand, should be done throughout the entire year. Therefore, encourage your child to study every time they learn something new. They can do it right after school, or they can do it before bed, depending on their mood. What they should not do, is pull all-nighters before every test or exam just because they thought they had plenty of time – and then realized they didn’t.
Moreover, help your child make a personal timetable, which should include all their activities and breaks, and encourage them to stick to it. Additionally, there are many apps that can help your child organize their time while studying, so you can make use of those as well.
Get professional help
If your child has trouble keeping up with the curriculum, you should find a private tutor. For example, a good homework tutor could help your child stay on track. The tutor could also help them study better by going through everything they don’t understand with them. Sometimes, the problem is not with the material itself but with the way it’s presented in school. So, having their own personal tutor could help them understand everything that might have seemed confusing in class.
Teach them to read actively
Students will very often skim over a book or learn more than necessary just because they don’t know how to read actively. So, help your child develop this skill by asking them to note down the main ideas of a passage, look up unknown words, and think critically instead of learning things by heart. You can also teach them how to organize different concepts by using flow charts or diagrams. This way, they will study much more effectively, and their knowledge won’t evaporate seconds after the exam (like it usually happens when students learn by heart).
Know what to expect
Your child can’t learn properly if they don’t know what to expect in terms of testing and grading. Most teachers will provide their students with a course outline, test topics, or even test examples. So, if your child tells you that they don’t know what will be on the test, don’t wait for a bad report card. Encourage your child to talk to their teacher whenever something isn’t clear enough, including test expectations and grading. If your child isn’t comfortable doing that, find out why, and see what you can do about it.
Studying is not as easy as it sounds, since there are many factors that can affect your child’s mood, productivity, and desire to study. However, there are ways to make it easier for them. So, think about the listed tips, apply those that you think would help your child, and the results are bound to show in no time.