Getting any teenager to develop good study habits is a dilemma all parents and guardians face at some time during schooling. We have two teenagers, so we are right in the thick of it!.
Whilst there's a lot of debate regarding the pro's and con's of homework, there is no denying the benefits of reviewing to re-comprehend information.
We see after-school revision like training for a sport. If you really want to improve, you need to practice and improve on techniques and tactics on a regular basis.
Developing a good study habit takes time and is not something that can be picked up in days. Take the time to find an approach that works for your child.
We have collected a few of our fav's for you to check out.
Amanda Morin has written a great article for a great resource - www.understood.org Amanda highlights the need to:
- create a calendar
- a weekly planner
- and a daily checklist
All simple tools to stay focused and track progress. We like it! It's hard to hide from facts so when tasks, assignments, tests, etc are all plain to see on a calendar. The priorities become easier to schedule.Sylvan Learning has a great blog article. They highlight their top 10 tips. Have a system in place from the outset, designate a study area make it an environment conducive to study (i.e. no social media toys, etc). Setting study expectations is great advice.
The Australian Government also has some good tips on routines for teens and the difference between younger v's older teens. Keeping it VISUAL is a key aspect of forming good habits and also helps to commit learnings to memory.
The Victorian Government talks a lot about the need to balance handwriting with technology. Whilst it is not purely about forming a study habit, it does highlight the need for a balance in the materials being studied.
We use our INK IT organization system for both our teenagers and it has been brilliant. It provides a column for each subject and has room for their social events as well (at least the events they tell us about).
If you can form healthy study habits early in your child's educational journey - they will thank you for it later, that's for sure.
Share your ideas below - we love hearing your thoughts.... and it might help OUR teenagers :-)