As busy parents, most of us have spent very little time thinking about the importance of study skills, although the majority of us would agree that we would like our children to have “good study habits”. We try fervently to convince our children of the importance of studying so that they can achieve academic success and honors status. However, we rarely consider how, in addition to helping our children ‘ace’ their next test, study skills can actually assist our children in many other aspects of their current and future lives.
The below video talks about the importance of good study skills, not just as it relates to our children’s academic lives, but also within a broader context (e.g. in the work world). It claims that study skills are so important because learning them requires us to master the essential life skills of critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving.
I would go even further and assert that the process of learning study skills, teaches our children such valuable life skills as discipline, focus, organization, persistence and staying calm in the face of adversity (come to think of it, this is the life skill that parents need when we try to help our kids with their studying!!).
Give this video a listen and see what you think!
Watch this video on YouTube: Cost of NOT Teaching Study Skills
Our kids live in a very competitive world and that’s not likely to change. If we can provide them with the study skills that they can use to excel both in school and beyond, then why not do it? But let’s not wait until they’re faced with college exams before we teach our children how to study. Instead, let’s begin teaching them what they need to know in the early grades, so that they can start benefiting right away!