Steps To Organize Your Child’s Study Habits

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If you feel that you at a loss to help your child with their study habits, there is good news. There are tried and true methods that will help!

  1. Create a calm study area. Start by determining where the best place is to study and do homework, and then set up a study atmosphere.

    Be careful about where you decide your child will study because whatever the designated place selected for the study base is, how a study “headquarters” is set up affects one’s ability to stay focused.Be sure to include a desk and accessories, various study aids, materials, a filing system in place for class materials, and good lighting.

  2. Eliminate all disruptions. Is the study area in a high-volume area? How often are there interruptions from people moving about?How about the telephone? Is the TV on? Try to be free from disturbances and outside noise as best as possible.
  3. Establish school supply storage solutions. Storage repositories are necessary to organize various school materials, such as, cardboard cubbyholes for paper supplies; subject accordion-type files or file folders that stand in a cardboard box or portable plastic file container; cardboard or plastic shoe boxes in a drawer to stash supplies; tray baskets or bicycle baskets for paper.To add extra storage space use wall shelves, under the bed storage containers, and hanging space on the inside of cupboard and closet doors.
  4. Set up a disciplined homework routine. Determine when is the best time for studies. What is the time of day when they are at peak performance (mentally most alert)? Part of learning to managing time is to create a routine time of day for studying, at the same time every day.

Steps To Organize Younger Kids:

  1. Use tools to inspire and give confidence learning. If you can afford to, get a computer. There are many fun learning software programs that will stimulate your child’s mind to learn. Research has shown that children who master computers will learn faster.
  2. Create an award chart. Devise a clever method to give kids some incentive to do their schoolwork, by rewarding them for completing assignments and achieving good grades.
  3. Make reading fun. Set up “reading time” together to help develop reading habits in your children. Do this often enough and this will become a good habit.

Steps To Organize Long –range Projects Of Your Children

Your children inevitably face some sort of long-range project every school year. Such assignments can be overwhelming, because many students don’t know how to structure their time to get the job done.

They may leave the bulk of the work until the last minute. They may go into a frenzy and demand your immediate help with their term paper, science-fair project or book report. Or they may put it off so long that they never start it at all. If your children have this problem, read on:

  • Help your children develop long-range planning techniques to organize a project, such as a research paper, into a series of small, easily accomplished tasks. If the teacher assigns due dates for the various steps, all the better.
  • Once you have broken the project into steps, establish a time period to complete each step. Write down these steps and due dates and post them on the family activity calendar so everyone can refer to them. If each goal is met, there will be no last-minute panic.
  • When your children are assigned a book report, help them determine the number of pages as well as the number of days they’ll have to read the book, leaving several days to actually write the report.

    Figure out how many pages they’ll need to read each day. Have them time how long it takes to accomplish this daily reading goal. Keep track of this information on a calendar.

  • Check each day to see that your children are making steady progress and completing each step according to plan. Compliment their efforts.
  • If your children need more incentives, try a system that allows them to earn a point toward a special reward or privilege each time they complete a step of the project according to schedule.
  • If the first five steps fail to motivate your children to do long-range projects responsibly, impose restrictions, such as taking away a privilege that will get their attention. Unless you set limits, your children may not believe you mean business.
  • One final thought: Children must learn to budget their time for long-range projects. They’ll need to develop this skill to take on the larger and more complicated tasks that are sure to come during their school years.

Steps To Organize Older Students:

  • Maintain a daily schedule. Set up daily schedule forms to delegate the amount of time needed for the most important study priorities. Allow for blocks of time for study periods. Include appointments, errands, and time off in each of your days, as well.
  • Take good notes. Organize for class by taking careful notes and organizing them in notebook binders. Outlining a textbook or article helps distinguish the most important facts and points, helping to build up a good understanding of the subject.
  • Build an indexing system. Design a note card system. This will cut the time it takes to research and organize your term paper. Set up a list of resources by category.
  • Prepare for good study conditions. Determine your best settings for study. Do you study best alone or with friends? With music or quietly? You might find it helpful to set up a study group to improve one’s studies.
  • Create a school bulletin board. Draw up a vertical calendar chart on a magnetic and erasable board, just like the ready-made charts for professionals that are available in a variety of formats.

    This board will break down assignments into component parts with specific tasks involved in the school project. This method will teach your kids to plan. Include time to study for exams on the board.

  • Establish visuals from reading. A horizontal or vertical timeline will help visualize the chronology and remember the relationship of essential world events. Build a concept tree to help make notes more memorable and present a visual representation of the relationship among several essential facts.

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