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 Good Study Habits For Kids

As a parent one of the things on your "TO DO" list is to teach your children value of good study habits. This is something that should begin at a very early age.  To study is to apply the mind to learning and understanding a subject.  Studying can be compared to any extracurricular activity that you may do because it is a task that needs practice in order to become proficient.  If you learn to study properly good grades will come automatically.  There are six steps to follow to maintain smart study habits:

Pay attention in class and take good notes
When you pay attention in class and take good notes, you are starting the process of learning and studying. Keep your attention focused on what your teacher is saying. Listen for key phrases to help you determine what is important enough to write down.   For example if you hear “This is important …” and “Remember that . . . “ be sure to include in your notes information that your teacher repeats or writes on the chalkboard.   If there is something that you are confused with put a * next to it and talk to your teacher about it after class.  

Write quickly so that you can include all the important information in your notes and use abbreviations or symbols if necessary.  Review your notes when you get home you can copy them over expanding your abbreviated words and sentences.

It’s also a good idea to keep your notes, quizzes, and papers organized by subject.

Plan ahead for test and projects
There are only so many hours in a day, a week, and marking period. You cannot change the number of hours, but you can determine how to bests spend your time. To be successful in school, you must carefully manage your study time. Get a cool calendar and then write down your test and assignment due dates as well as all extracurricular activity commitments. Once you see your schedule you can plan how much to do after school each day, and how much time to spend on each topic or unit.

Break the workload down into smaller sections
Take everything on your test and break it into smaller sections.  You can do this by chapters, units or by sections or topics on the test such as vocabulary words, maps etc…  A trick that you can use to study is to make up “words” or phrases to help you remember things.  For example:  Use the word HOMES or a phrase like “Her old mom eats steak” to remember the name of the Great Lakes (e.g., Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior

Select a good study location

A good study location should be free from interruptions and distractions.  It should have ample lighting and the temperature should be comfortable.   A desk with a comfortable chair and study materials should be available.

Ask for help if needed
If you find when you are reviewing your work that you have questions talk to your teacher, parents or a classmate.  A study group often helps to make studying easier.

Get a good night’s sleep
You must get a good night sleep prior to a test so that you are well rested and can think clearly for your test.