We’ve all heard about (and, let’s face it, many of us have even experienced) the ‘all-nighter’. However, all the research points to the fact that this is definitely not how to study effectively, and will not likely lead to the kind of grades you, or your children, will be happy with. There’s a better way, and the earlier we start teaching our children how to prepare for and write tests, the better off they’ll be, both now and in the future (these days, there is an expectation of ‘lifelong learning’, so they can expect to write even more tests once they’re out in the work world).
My daughter is only in grade 3, but she has tests on a regular basis (math tests on Fridays, spelling tests on Mondays and a spattering of science and social studies tests at the completion of each unit of learning). Part of me thinks that’s a lot of testing for an eight year old, but the other part is hoping that the extra practice is helping her become more comfortable with the test-taking process.
Understandably, her current study skills are a little ‘undeveloped’, but I hope to give her some tips and techniques that she can use to ensure that the time she does spend studying leads to the most effective results. As she gets older and the work gets even more challenging, she can build on these study skills even more.
This video provides some good overall tips for getting the most out of your study time. Check it out.
It may be difficult to convince kids to be proactive and to implement good study habits but, if we’re successful, the payoff can be significant. After all, “study skills” are not just useful when studying for a test, but can also be applied to other life and work situations.
If you’re having a tough time encouraging your child to try their best, you may also be interested in my post on How to motivate your child to do well in school.