Help your student build strong study habits

Posted by Coronado Teacher on 10/31/2019

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Helping your student build strong study habits is an excellent way to help them in their educational career. Here are a few simple ways to foster study skills at home:

1. Consistency

Children thrive with predictable routines and expectations. Having a consistent routine for homework/extra practice will help your student create productive habits with lasting benefits. Explain your expectations in regards to homework so that your student can rise to the occasion. For example, you may expect your student to do their homework as soon as they get home or you may want them to have free time first. In both cases, set clear expectations (how long should they work on homework before they move on to free time or how much free time do they have before moving on to homework?). Clear boundaries and expectations can help eliminate the dreaded homework battle.

2. Get Organized

Designate a workspace for homework/extra practice. Stock the workspace with a few necessary tools like pencils, highlighters, and scratch paper. Having the tools they need for the job will help your student stay on task during homework time.

3. Tackle the difficult items first

Putting off the more difficult tasks until the end of homework time will lead to frustration. Teach your student to take care of the big or difficult jobs first. Help your student learn the value of effort by praising perseverance and not only accuracy.

4. Be positive

Children are very perceptive of our feelings as teachers and parents. Staying positive during homework time will show students that it is not a punishment or a time to fear. Taking small breaks or incorporating interests and movement into homework time also sets a positive tone for the experience.

5. School Readiness Skills

Outside of academic skills, students benefit greatly from strong self-help and problem solving skills. Younger students should be able to tie their shoes, open their snacks independently, take part in family chores (especially those related to organization or taking care of possessions), and share with friends. In addition to the skills previously listed, older students should be able to keep track of their assignments, take care of their belongings and work through conflicts with peers/siblings. Working on these skills at home will allow your student to maximize their time at school spent on academic learning.