Study Skills Resources
There is an overwhelming amount of information available to parents on how to help their children develop better study habits. Some key guidelines that parents can follow have been outlined in the list below. These guidelines have been adapted from the article, Study Skills-A Handout for Parents (1998), which can be viewed in its entirety at: http://www.ldonline.org/article/5904 .
Make homework a positive experience:
- Provide praise when homework is completed.
- Assist your child with homework in a sensitive and thoughtful manner.
- Develop a homework schedule. Allow your child to assist in the development of this schedule.
- Encourage children to study with friends.
- Discuss with your child what they are learning in school and how it applies to the real world.
- Have children take breaks as they study or do homework in order to decrease restlessness and tiredness.
Make homework a priority
- Provide your child with a place to study that has good lighting, a table and a desk.
- Have supplies such as paper, pencils, a dictionary or calculator nearby.
- Assist your child in creating a study plan to outline how they will prepare for exams and quizzes.
Use homework to teach organization skills and improve learning skills.
- Encourage your child to keep a planner that allows them to track due dates for long and short-term assignments.
- Organize work into files or folders that categorize assignments as either completed or work that needs to be finished.
- Assist your child in breaking down long-term assignments into smaller, more manageable chunks.
- Encourage children to estimate the amount of time each assignment will take to complete and help them decide the order in which they will complete their assignments.
- Review class notes with students. Assist them with highlighting the most important information and adding details.
- Prompt students to pre-read by examining the headings, captions, pictures, and charts included in a piece of text.
- Remind students to ask questions before, during and after reading. Students should be instructed to monitor their understanding and change their answers to questions as new information becomes available to them.
- Encourage children to take notes as they read; reminding them to paraphrase information that answers questions such as who, what, where, when, why or how.
- Ask your child what they already know about the topic.
- Help your child carry out study techniques such as:
- Flashcards—index cards with a word or question on one side and the definition or answer on the other side
- Anticipate Test Questions—predict what questions the teacher will ask on the test; write out questions and answers
- List Key Facts/Terms—create a list of essential information regarding a particular topic
- Mnemonic Devices—use acronyms, rhymes or stories to help you remember information more clearly
- Create a Visual Image—draw a picture to help remember something
- Create a Graphic Organizer—create visual organizers to better understand, categorize and remember information
Set expectations for homework and provide and enforce logical, meaningful consequences.
- Display well done work.
- Provide support and praise for homework completion and good study habits.
- Reward your child for a job well done.
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