When my kids went to school, in all honesty, homework time in the evenings was pretty brutal. I had one child in particular who was struggling in school and she would come home with hours of homework every evening. It took us an average of 3 hours every night to get through her homework! Hopefully this is not the case in your situation.
After that year we went back to homeschooling, but even when homeschooling, these tips can help your child focus and remember more. Most kids hate to study, but homework and test preparation are a required part of their education. By helping them develop better study habits, you will help them be more successful in school.
5 Tips to Help Your Kids Study Better
Here are a few tips to help your child develop better study habits.
1. Designate an area for homework. Whether it’s the kitchen table or their room, designate a specific area for doing homework. Kids work well with structure. If they know there is a set time and place they have to study each day; they’ll be more focused and productive during that time.
Large tables are great for allowing them plenty of space to spread out with all their supplies. We tend to sprawl out on the living room floor in our house!
Tip: Hang a calendar in your child’s room or let them use a planner. They can write down when their assignments are due so there is no confusion about when they need to turn in their work. Make it your child’s responsibility to know what supplies they need in advance so they don’t wait until the last minute to tell you they need something. Make a list of school supplies they need on a regular basis and have them do an inventory check weekly.
2. When determining how much time they have to spend on homework, consider your child’s attention span. Older kids are able to focus for longer periods of time, while younger kids can usually only focus for about 15-20 minutes on a specific task. Allow your child to take study breaks. Set a timer so they know how long they have until break time. This will help them stay focused during study time.
My daughter struggled with homework and 3 hours every evening was too much. If your child is having a hard time completing their schoolwork, I recommend you talk to your child’s teacher and/ or principle.
3. Set rules about using and looking at ipods and phones. This wasn’t a problem for us when my older kids were young, but with my youngest kids, I have to enforce rules about when and how they can use their ipods and laptops in our homschool, too.
Don’t allow your kids to get distracted from their work by spending time texting and being on social media. If they need to use a computer to do research, make a rule that they can only open sites related to their research. If they’re waiting for an important message, take the phone then set a timer for 30 minutes and let them know they can check for messages when the timer goes off.
4. Turn off the TV. If you’re like us, we only watch television together as a family once or twice a week when we’ll watch a Netflix program. However, if your child has a habit of watching television whenever they want to, make it a house rule that when it is study time, the TV is off. Having the TV on is a distraction and will keep your kids from focusing on their homework.
5. Music is okay, though. Studies have shown that music at a low volume can help kids focus and be more productive. Classical music is particularly known to helps with memory retention. Since we homeschool, I like to play classical music during our school hours for the girls to listen to in the background.
So whether you homeschool like us or have to deal with homework in the evenings, all kids have to spend time studying. I hope these tips help you find ways to help your child study better.
How do you help your kids focus and study better? Let me know in the comments below!
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