January 2020

Leadership Blog - January

At-Home Study Habits

By Lauren Bound, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction

Critical to a student’s educational success is setting up great study habits at home.  Here are some tips to help your child study more productively:

  • Determine when tests will happen- use school websites, email teachers, use planners to get tests on the calendar. 

  • Set a goal.  Work with your child to determine how many days of studying for a test is needed.  A good rule of thumb is 2 nights for chapter tests, 1 night for quizzes, and up to 5 days for midterms and finals.  

  • Determine the materials needed:  notes, study guides, and previous quizzes are a great place to start. 

  • Create a quiet, calm space for your child to study that is also free of distractions such as cell phones and televisions.  I suggest a space other than your child’s bedroom.  

  • Additional study strategies:

    • flashcards either pre-made or created by your child which can be sorted by what is known/unknown (These can be created digitally on Quizlet as well!)

    • create song lyrics/rhymes/raps to remember information 

    • draw pictures on flashcards/notes for visual learners

    • encourage your child to teach you what they know about the material without reading from printed information

    • take a picture walk by using visuals from the textbook, online text, worksheets, notes, etc. to explain information out loud or in writing

    • mnemonic devices such as rhymes, sayings or acronyms to help remember information 

    • ask and answer- have your child ask and answer their own questions about the test material.  If your child lets you participate- you ask the questions, and he/she answers them.

There are many ways to study.  Help your child to determine what works best for him/her.  Once routines are set up, your child will be pleased with the results of their hard work. 

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