It’s easy to make cramming for quizzes and assignments a habit. But in the long run, it could cause trouble for your child in learning to manage her time and load. That’s why it’s important to teach her good study habits as early as possible – and here are some tips to help you:
1. Know your child well.
This is the first thing you should remember in planning her study time, because every child has a different preference and learning ability. For some, it works to study and do homework right after coming home from school. For others, they’d rather take a break and play first before studying. Then, of course, there’s the matter of which subject your little learner is studying for. Some subjects may take less time and effort for her to absorb than others.
2. Don't overwhelm your child with too much brainwork.
It would do no good if you force your child to study as you want it done. Instead, give your child a choice on the subject she prefers to study first. Some would want math to be the last in line. However, some might need more practice in math, in which case, she should study this subject first.
Use study tools to make learning easier. Flashcards, diagrams, outlines, and charts help in recalling important facts and in grasping new concepts.
3. Schedule your child's study time.
A regular schedule helps form a good habit. Make sure that you allot time for all your child’s school subjects and extra-curricular activities. Teach her how to manage her load, especially when she’s juggling not only her duties as a student, but also as a club or organization member.
If she doesn’t have homework, you can encourage her to review her notes or research concepts she has trouble with. You can also help her prepare her school bag for the next day.
4. Designate a study area for your child.
Since a child needs guidance in studying, the place for her to study is also affected by her parents' own daily routine or chores. Give her a quiet place where she can concentrate and ask help from you when needed. It doesn’t have to be an actual study room or a library. For example, she can study in the kitchen as you prepare meals as long as there are no distractions.
Remember, lessons may be taught in school but a good study habit is formed at home. Give your child your best support so she can learn her best.