Students often spend hours upon hours bent over books, revising schoolwork. The effort put in may not always show in results. It could be because of the way your child is studying. Many students study hard but do not necessarily learn smart. It is helpful to foster good study habits in children that will help them not just throughout their academic journey, but when they graduate as they understand how they learn best. Here are some ways to foster good study habits.
Start From Young
Study habits set in when the child is around age eight and nine. It means that parents have to start developing your child’s study skills at an early age. Psychologist Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory says that humans learn through our interaction with others. Children imitate the behaviour of adults. Hence, set an example for your children to follow by completing your tasks before other leisure activities. Point these actions out to your children when your partner does so.
Understand Learning Styles
Different children will have their unique learning style. There are visual, auditory, kinesthetic learners, and sometimes a combination of a few styles. Auditory learners may prefer learning methods like listening to recordings of their notes. Visual learners, on the other hand, may learn better with the use of flashcards and mind maps. Kinesthetic learners need to move! So let them. For example, walk around a park to show them the different types of leaves or stand while reading notes. Let your child experiment and discover a learning style that works best for him and her.
Have a Routine
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy indeed. Integrate study into your child’s daily routine. Have well-planned breaks that allow your child to do his or her favourite things like participating in sport or dance, reading a book or even just watching television. Ensure your child has enough time to eat meals, hydrate and exercise to keep healthy. While it may be tempting to just focus on studies during the exam period, sticking to the schedule helps as it gives them an opportunity to release stress. Have a routine to foster good study habits.
Have an Organized Study Space
Have an organised space in the home dedicated to studying. Remove any distractions in the study area. It does not just mean smartphones and the television; it can be as simple (and innocent looking) as a soft toy that your child keeps picking up to play. Most importantly, working space has to be conducive to your child – not what you think is conducive. Change the workplace accordingly to suit your child’s comments.
Timing of Study
Students study better at different times of the day. Some students prefer starting fresh in the morning, while others enjoy the quiet of the night to focus. They may require a break before their homework after a tiring day of school or prefer sleeping early and waking up early the next morning. Allow your child to experiment and find the optimum time to do homework and revise.
Students may also prefer to start with either their difficult subjects or easy subjects. There is no “right sequence” to this. The right sequence is what works for your child. So don’t pressure your little one to revise a certain subject first because of your own experience!
Habits develop from childhood. Fostering good study habits from young will benefit your child as they learn throughout life. While finding out the best learning style for your child, let your child experiment with what works best for him or her. It means that they may sometimes fail in choosing the best timing or getting used to the routine. Supporting your child goes a long way in fostering good study habits.