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Make it Routine
Transcript of Make it Routine
Study in the same place, same time, on a set schedule. Children like organization and don’t like surprises, like studying. If you get your child to sit down and go through their homework every night at the same time, then they are less likely to complain. Even if there is no official homework, there is always something to refresh or practice.
Even adults find it difficult to focus on the same project for hours at a time. Children are learning to lengthen their attention span but still need time to relax, just like everybody else. Set up a break schedule such as for every half hour of studying, they can take a five minute break to run around the house or get a snack.
Make Help Available
There is no frustration like getting stuck on a problem and having no one around to help. A tutor may not always be necessary but hopefully someone can always be close to give a little extra explanation if the student gets stuck. Even if it means just listening as they explain the problem and work it out vocally. Sometimes they just need to vent to a listening ear.
Everyone likes to see if they’re improving. What’s the use of studying if they don’t know it’s making a difference? Keep track of grades, assignments, test scores, and praise improvement. When they see that the work is paying off and isn’t just a form of cruel and unusual punishment they may be more willing to sit down without the nightly lecture.
Reading a textbook or doing pages or math problems is boooring. Spruce up the study nights with educational games every once in a while. Not only use educational software such as JumpStart Advanced or Schooltown but games like Krypto (a math card game), Scrabble, or Trivial Pursuit can increase a student's learning capabilities in the basics. Just make sure to have good sportsmanship or it won’t be fun anymore.
Be Organized and Have a Plan
Take five minutes at the beginning of the study period to determine what needs to be worked on. Make sure every resource needed is close at hand so time isn’t wasted looking for a working pencil, or a dictionary. Include enough material to reach the minimum amount of time but after the material is covered stop. Pushing beyond what was planned for can lead to ineffective studying and information may not be retained.
Ever try to read in the same room where someone is listening to music, watching a movie, or even talking on the phone? To help the student stay focused, make sure the area they study in is quiet. This may include losing some desired video game time or not rocking out but they will appreciate the effort. And hey, they may finish even faster and then can join in the fun.
Studying with a purpose makes it a little easier. Even if the reward is a trip to the dollar store to pick out a toy after studying every day for a month, or an extra half hour of television if they pass a test, the little prizes help motivate smaller children until it just becomes a habit. But remember, the biggest reward of all should be the grade at the end of the class.
While all subjects are not meant for learning in a group many work well, though it shouldn’t replace personal study. When a good opportunity arises to have a group together, it can help dispel some of the boredom. Reading a story can be jazzed up by each person taking a different character and someone acting as a narrator. Social studies can provide in depth conversation about cultures and lifestyles. This is also a good way to practice social skills needed, though too much conversation can be disruptive.
Take a Trip
Everyone knows the phrase “but I’m never really going to need this” and no one likes learning useless information. This is a great time to take a field trip. Go to museums, libraries, or even on a hike and point out all of the applied information they’re learning. When students understand there’s an application to what they’re learning, the knowledge becomes more valuable. This is also a great time to point our various occupations and the education needed.
MAKE IT ROUTINE
A good habit learned today, will
shape the world of tomorrow.
BE WISE AND LEARN HOW TO STUDY AND NOT WHAT TO STUDY