Holiday is over, schools are re-opening for a new session and getting your child to switch into study mood will not happen in a flash. Once the novelty and freshness of back to school wears off, students, teachers and parents know it’s time to get down to business. Particularly for students heading to secondary school, the assignments become tougher, workload gets heavier and staying ahead academically becomes a focal point.
As a parent, you may ask, “What is the secret behind getting my child or ward to be on top of their game?” Factors for academic success range from reading actively to communication with their teachers. Here’s how to boost the study habits of your child and prepare them for a productive school year.
1. Develop a Study Plan
Juggling homework, tests, and extracurricular activities without an active plan can make it easy for things to fall through the cracks. A planner application can help your child put everything in place. Students should write down assignments, appointments and to-do lists, then review items in the planner at both the beginning and end of the day to stay on track. Your child needs to know when a test will take place, the types of questions that will be asked and the topics that will be covered, this will help them Setting goals for each session is also key to success. Don’t out rightly create a plan without involving your child, tailor every plan to your child’s needs.
2. Designate a Study Area
Help your child by providing a quiet, well-lit, uncluttered space for study time. Take it one step further and institute a “No phone” policy with no access to social media allowed until schoolwork is done. Noisy siblings and other things like the TV, computers and gadgets should be kept away during the duration of the study.
3. Provide strength
Give them words of encouragement when they are not doing so well and praise them when they study well and ace their tests. Bear in mind that homework is not all the time fun, so try to motivate and inspire them, not by comparing them to their siblings or peers who are doing better academically.
4. Provide a tutor
Commonly called lesson teacher, a well-educated and accredited tutor can help your child get better in subjects they are not so good at and even help them boost their knowledge in subjects they are good at. Research properly on the tutor’s background, if possible, use a tutor with valid experience and results to show for it.
5. Join in the Study
Rather than have your domestic help assist your child through homework, create time to do it yourself. This will spring up opportunities for you to teach them a new trick to get a problem right as well as impact your knowledge and experience on them.
6. Switch it up
If the method doesn’t work, try another approach. If the plan does not help, simply change it. Two shorter study periods each day may be easier than a longer one. Early evening study may help better than an immediately after-school study. Work hand in hand with your child till you find the right schedule that works best.