Sure, there’s only so much you can do as a parent, but establishing
good habits in your students when they are in grades 1-3 will help to
instill good study techniques. These will stand them in good stead throughout
their long and (hopefully) illustrious academic careers. Teachers have
enough on their plates controlling the class and getting through the syllabus
and few have time to teach effective study methods. Think about your own
education; did anyone ever really teach you how to study effectively?
You can help your students to form good study habits that will make their
lives (and yours!) a whole lot easier.
Create a routine
Kids benefit from stability. Knowing what is expected of them and what
they are supposed to be doing makes them feel secure and reduces anxiety.
Creating a routine with set homework and study times will make it less
likely that they put off studying until the last minute. Teach them how
to make a study schedule and how to properly manage their time. These
are great life skills to have!
Create the perfect conditions for success
Have a homework and study space that is free of distractions. This space
should be comfortable and well-lit. When someone is in the study area,
other family members must respect them by limiting noise and interruptions.
Leave your child to work alone. Learning to work by themselves is the
only way they learn self-discipline. This does not apply when your student
needs help with their homework.
Encourage constant curiosity
Foster your student’s curiosity, encourage questioning and always
try to answer every question. This can be a tough job when you are tired
and your students keep asking questions, but turn the tables by getting
them to look up the answers on the internet. Discuss their findings to
reinforce the value of research. Allow your students to pursue their own
interests in their free time and always praise independent study above
and beyond the scope of their schoolwork.
Give credit where it’s due
Praise and rewards are the best way to reinforce positive study habits.
If your student does their homework without being asked or gets a better
grade on a test, make sure you offer words of praise or create a reward
system so that they have concrete proof that hard work pays off. In the
first few grades, getting good marks will not be enough of a reward; students
need your positive reinforcement.
Get a tutor
It’s never too early for a
tutor. Learning requires solid foundations and you want your student to keep
up. Falling behind or feeling inept will create negative attitudes that
will plague their academic careers.
Tutors help students to get great foundations, and build confidence. Tutors are
also experts at study methods and can assess the learning style of your
student and then create effective learning methods for them to follow.