Many students find study a challenge, but you can help make it more rewarding for your child by encouraging them to use some of the following ideas:
Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks
- mark key dates on a calendar
- make an assignment schedule for each week
- make daily 'to-do' lists.
Review class work each day
- keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders
- create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back)
- make up study questions to test learning.
Take breaks while studying
- your child will focus more if they're not tired
- suggest to your child that they stand up after 20 minutes and walk around the room (while thinking about the topic)
- tell your child to take a complete five-minute break every 40 minutes.
Good study approaches
- make a summary of the main ideas
- use organisers such as columns, lists or tables and colour-coded folders for different areas of the subject
- draw a diagram, or mind map, to show main ideas and links between them
- reorganise the information and label the points
- write key words in the margin.