Middle school signals the beginning of an adult approach to academics and studying. The switch to multiple classes with different teachers prompts students to juggle deadlines and learn valuable time management skills. That’s why it’s critical that they develop strong study skills now to help them through middle school, high school, college, and beyond.
Here are four tips to get your student started.
Determine Learning Style
Is your child a visual learner, an auditory learner, a kinesthetic learner, or a combination of those styles? Once students know how they learn best, they can use learning techniques that complement their needs.
Televisions and smartphones are distractions that hinder good time management. Set up a study room away from the TV and ask your child to put his or her phone in the kitchen.
Encourage your child to do as much studying or homework as possible before doing any research on the Internet, which can break concentration and lead to surfing. If he or she has a paper to write, your child can create an outline first and then do the online research once he or she has a general idea of how the paper is laid out.
Start with Short Study Periods
If your child is having trouble with motivation or focusing for a longer period of time, start small. Ask him or her to go to the study area and work for 15-20 minutes. Then your child can take a short break, perhaps to play a quick game on the smartphone, and return to studying for another short interval. Gradually increase these intervals to 30 minutes, then 45 minutes, and on.
Which option would motivate your child more: starting with a subject he or she doesn’t like, so that the reward comes by eventually getting to the subject he or she enjoys; or would starting with the subject he or she likes get the studying underway sooner?
Research effective reading and memory improvement techniques to help your child be efficient when studying. This website offers tips on acronyms, acrostics, and how to read effectively.
Making an effort to help your child improve his or her studying skills is the first step to achieving academic success as an independent teen and adult. These skills will help your child for years to come, so start today.
For more tips on helping your child through the middle school years and reaching academic milestones, read the YOU: Your Child’s First Teacher books, available on Amazon.