Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Parent Tips: Make study time a priority

We discussed the importance of practicing time management in previous blogs. Establishing priorities and better planning your time are the essential components of that process. Making study times a top priority and setting up a daily routine to help manage this is a helpful tactic. As usual, you will have to be present to get this started in the right way.

To make study periods effective, establish a few rules. They are simple and obvious.
  • First, study time requires a quiet and helpful environment. 
  • Second, distractions of all types should be removed. 
  • Third, needed supplies and aids should be readily available. 
  • And fourth, there should be an established minimum amount of time set aside for studying. For example, if no homework is due, consider using the time to study ahead for a test, read the next chapter in a book, or study a topic related to your coursework. 
The goal is to generate a productive level of attention for a given time period.

Study time should include all members of the family. Younger siblings should maintain quiet and focus on age-related books, puzzles, and games. To the extent possible, it is helpful for adults to also be part of study periods. For example, this time could be used to pay bills, read, or do similar things. Finally, to the extent possible, identify ways you can help your children study. Examples include calling out spelling words, test questions, or helping with math problems.

For further ideas, blogs, and tactics, check the information available at our website: hightouchlearning.com.

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