It’s that time again…time to shake off the ‘lazy-hazy-summer-vacation’ cobwebs and get to work! Even though I’ve called this post “preparing to study”, the reality is that pretty much the same steps should be followed whether your child is sitting down to study, do their homework, or work on a project or paper. In truth, the ‘good study habits’ (defined by www.yourdictionary.com as “the behaviors used when preparing for tests or learning academic material”) they form now, will benefit them the rest of their lives, whether they are studying for their SAT’s or preparing a presentation for work.
Most kids will try to convince you that they work best when the TV is on or when the music is blaring, but very few people can truly concentrate with that level of noise and distraction. What they need to do is to create an environment that promotes focus and learning. Having said that, there may be some minor differences in what works for one person versus another, but some general rules apply.
Check out this great article for a list of questions your child should ask themselves when preparing to study, if they want to make sure to maximize their productivity.
Once your kids have taken the necessary steps to prepare themselves and their work area for studying, the next step is to learn how to study effectively. If you’re interested in learning how to teach your children some effective study strategies, read my post entitled, “How to study effectively“. You may also wish to check out my posts on “Memory Techniques” and “Mnemonic Study Strategies” for information on these critical student skills.