During the early years of schooling, your child may find it difficult to focus on studies. The school day is already very long, then they have after-school practice, and then they walk home with lots of homework. They start worrying about the test next week when they’re done with homework. Studying might feel like the only thing your child does throughout their day. Then you look at other children and wonder how they’re doing so well. You start to question your potential as a parent.
In some cases, the child performs brilliantly in the classroom, completes their homework on time, and spends ample time studying. However, they can still not produce the desired or expected results. Making your child sit in one place and study was already hard. The recent pandemic made it even more difficult to study with the advent of online classes. With technology easily at the children’s disposal today, it is far too convenient for them to get distracted while studying, especially if you’re doing math. So, what could be the solution to this problem?
The only way to make your child interested in studying is to think out of the box with newer teaching and learning strategies. Even when they’re asking for help in courses that you aren’t good at, take it as a challenge and find ways to get acquainted with technology if you aren’t already. Get familiar with the courses through online research. Children already have a lot on their plates. If you invest some effort into helping them study, it might influence them to work harder. That being said, continue reading to find out how you can help your child develop good study habits.
Designate a study space for your child
The number one problem that arises during study time is distraction. We can all relate to this. If your child uses the living room or dining area for studying, you’re doing it wrong. These areas are consistently flooded with activity from other members of the family. Your child may easily get distracted every time the phone rings or when there’s someone at the door. Furthermore, the TV’s sound is enough to make them close the books and turn toward the television.
Set up a desk in a corner in your child’s room. Ensure that it’s a well-lit area. Fill up the desk with stationery supplies such as highlighters, pencils, big fancy pencil sharpeners, sticky notes, a thesaurus, and anything relevant. Install a soft board on the walls and use it to pin up course curriculums, important deadlines, and other reminders. Teach your child to keep the desk organized and never be discouraged from using it for studying.
Get rid of all distractions
Take away all gadgets from your child that may hinder their study process. Laptops and cell phones are pretty much a standard way of studying today. However, this way, they’re more likely to get distracted due to text message notifications. Even if your child demands a cell phone for online research, provide them with another avenue for the purpose.
Online research often makes you drift away from the topic you were originally surfing the net for. Using books and dictionaries is far more convenient. You are more likely to retain information picked off the paper than on screens. This way, the child’s entire focus, and concentration will be centered around one place. It will also improve their reading habits. A child who’s interested in reading is automatically good in academics.
Breaks are important
Pressuring your child to study consistently without taking breaks will produce poor results. Take regular but short breaks. These breaks should be technology-free and be used for healthy tasks like stretching, taking a short walk (inside the house), grabbing a snack from the refrigerator, listening to some uplifting music, checking in with the pet, or performing any other productive hobby. You may use the Pomodoro technique, where the child studies for 25 minutes and takes a 5 minutes break. These 5 minutes will freshen up the brain and enable your child to study better and for longer.
Implement interactive ideas to memorize concepts
Not all children are open to the idea of reading. Some kids get dizzy upon seeing wordy text. Well, most kids. Use out-of-the-box strategies like flashcards, pop quizzes, podcasts, audiobooks, drawing/illustration, worksheets, history role plays, YouTube videos, etc. You may even reward your child upon completing a quiz or assessment. Whichever method works for your child can become your go-to teaching approach.
The Bottom Line
It’s difficult and nearly impossible to get children back on track in school after two years of online education. Thankfully, several ways may help your child develop healthy and fruitful study habits. For starters, you need to designate a special distraction-free corner for studying. Decorate it with school supplies to make the vibe more academic.
The second step is to get rid of distractions. These distractions include cell phones, laptops, iPads, and other gadgets. Don’t let the child study for long periods without any breaks. Use breaks to do productive activities that can help refresh the brain. Lastly, you may use fun learning techniques to capture the child’s interest.