Watching their kids getting success in school is something that every parent wants. Surprisingly, it’s easier than you probably even realize. All you need to do is develop good study habits in them. You’re probably wondering how you can do that. Well, there are a lot of things you can do for improving study skills in kids. We have shared a few tips to get you started.
Designate Space for Studying
Kids need a separate space where they can study without getting distracted. It can be a separate room like a mini-office or a small part of the bedroom. Make sure that the space is well-lit. You may also buy a desk with several drawers so that kids can keep their books, notes and other reading material in them.
Create a Study Schedule
Create a study schedule your kids can easily follow and increase the time span with an increase in their learning requirement. For instance, one hour may be enough for younger kids, but teens should be studying for at least two hours daily so that they can not only complete their homework, but also prepare for routine tests and quizzes.
Set Clear Rules
In order for kids to take this whole studying thing seriously, you must set clear rules. Don’t just stop here. Make sure that they abide by these rules strictly. Some of the rules that you may set are as follows:
- No smartphones allowed in the study area unless for educational purpose
- Television and music is to be turned off during studying time
Create a Positive Learning Environment
In addition to following the aforementioned tips, you should develop a positive learning environment at home so that kids develop the habit of learning new things. One of the several ways of doing this is to encourage them to share every new thing they learn with you. You may also introduce a trend to teach them a new word daily. This will serve to increase their vocabulary. Having stimulating discussions about politics, sports, technology or any topic of your kid’s interest will also enhance their knowledge on various topics. You may also borrow books from a nearby library for your kids to read, or even better, take them with you to the library and allow them to pick the books to read on their own. Don’t be too concerned if they pick fiction or sci-fi novels, though romance novels should be discouraged as they can create unrealistic expectations from life and love. Don’t completely ban them though.
Be Available for Teens
None of the above can work if you do not show interest in the education of your kids. For your kids to perform well in studies, you have to give them your time and attention. Make sure you are available for them while they are studying. Encourage them to ask as many questions as they want. Help them in preparing for tests and completing their homework in time. In short, supervise your kids while they are studying.