Good study habits

My nephew informed me that exams at his high school are starting soon.  I remember ‘exam time’ at school and the stress it always caused (for my parents too, I’m sure).  After all, we all want our children to “do well” in school and to have “good study habits” (defined by as “the behaviors used when preparing for tests or learning academic material”).  However, it’s not always clear what these ‘habits’ are, let alone how to teach them to our children (even those of us who were ‘good students’, don’t necessarily know how to help our children be the same).  Truth is, even though I did well in school, I would have definitely benefited from learning some more effective and efficient study tools and techniques.

Study habits are really just a set of skills, such as planning, effective time management, personal discipline and responsibility, good note-taking, as well as employment of various memory techniques and strategies (e.g. mnemonics) that, if employed consistently (i.e. not just at exam time), can make your child’s academic life much easier.  However, these skills can also be very beneficial in their lives after school, whatever it is that they choose to do.   Therefore, it is never too soon, or too late, to start teaching our children these important life skills!

I have talked about many of these topics in the past so, rather than reinvent the wheel, I have included links to my previous posts.

The importance of study skills

Fighting procrastination

How can you motivate your children to do well in school?

How to study effectively

Memory Techniques

Mnemonic Study Strategies

Test Writing Strategies

Managing anxiety (during tests and other stressful situations)