Helping Your Child Develop Rewarding Study Skills

Everyone gets distracted by something. Some people may study better with a little background noise while others require a quiet space.

Carmen has over twenty-five years of experience which includes: working with students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, Principal, Inclusive Education Coordinator and Team Lead/Academic Advisor for International Students.

In the first article, we offered some suggestions for helping your child with getting organized and identifying a goal.  This time, we’ll offer ways to help deal with those difficult subjects.

Start with the most difficult subject first.

The most difficult assignment will require the most effort and energy so you should start with it first. Once the tough stuff is finished, it will be much easier to complete the rest of the work.

 Always review your notes before starting an assignment.

Reviewing your notes before each study session will help you remember important subject content previously learned. It will also make sure your studying is useful and effective.

Make sure you’re not distracted while you’re studying.

Everyone gets distracted by something. Some people may study better with a little background noise while others require a quiet space. When you’re distracted you (1) lose your train of thought and (2) are unable to focus — both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. You know how you learn best so make it work for you!

Use study groups effectively.

Ever heard the saying “two heads are better than one?” This can be especially true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enables you to (1) get help from others when you’re struggling to understand a question, (2) complete assignments more quickly, and (3) teach others.

Review your notes, schoolwork and other class materials over the weekend.

Successful students review what they’ve learned during the week over the weekend. This way you’re well prepared to continue learning new concepts that build upon previous coursework and knowledge gained from the previous week.

Carmen Sptizer
Carmen has over twenty-five years of experience which includes: working with students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, Principal, Inclusive Education Coordinator and Team Lead/Academic Advisor for International Students.