Salt Lake City schools are mid-year, how are your kids doing? Do they need to develop better study habits? Helping them put in the work needed to do well in school will set the foundation for lifelong learning.
One of the most important aspects of doing well in school comes from putting in the extra effort into studying outside of the classroom. Often this goes beyond quickly finishing homework to make sure they really understand the subject matter. Following are some tips for encouraging good study habits.
- Encourage him to ask questions at school to gain a better understanding of concepts that are unclear.
- Have a certain time of day set aside for your child to do his homework. Whether it is upon returning from school or after dinner, make it a consistent time they can be prepared to sit and study.
- Provide a quiet spot at a desk or table to help them focus.
- Encourage him to do his homework independently, but be available to help as needed.
- When your child comes to you with a problem you are unsure how to solve, dig in with him to discover the solution together. This will teach him important skills for searching for answers in the lesson material.
- Offer special privileges upon finishing homework, such as playing a game, watching a movie, a treat, etc. Sometimes this will seem more like setting conditions. For example, a child that is wanting to watch TV can be told that he can after he finishes his homework.
- Tell your child you want to see his homework when he is done. As a parent, you can ensure that your child is putting in the effort to do well, rather than throwing it together. It can also be a way to show your interest in their work and give praise for a good job done.
- Help your child learn to prioritize their homework. The assignment due the next day should take priority over a project that is due in a week.
- Be involved by knowing what your child’s homework is and when they have tests in school. Remind him as needed what he needs to be studying.
- Perhaps most important of all, be encouraging and proud of your child. Be positive about their achievements and taking the time to study hard. These good habits will continue with them throughout their school days and help them achieve academic success.