Study Tips for Parents

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Why is studying important?

  • Doing homework is one of a child’s first major responsibilities in time management. It teaches children to depend on themselves.
  • Improve study skills. With practice, children are able to work more quickly and effectively.
  • Communicate with teachers. Homework shows teachers whether students understand lessons.
  • School: It helps students develop independence and confidence. These traits are essential as children grow older and studying affects their grades more and more.
  • When children study they also:
  • Increase understanding: Working at home allows them to learn and review at their own pace. Children who study also remember material better.
  • Become self-disciplined. Studying well requires motivation, planning.
  • Develop perseverance. When kids finish assignments, they see that hard work leads to pride and success.
  • Build research skills. Finding information at the library and elsewhere teaches kids how to research school subjects and their own interests.
  • Connect home and school. Studying gives children and parents the chance to discuss school, work through problems, and celebrate success.

Homework has Four Purposes.

Studying in general has lots of useful benefits. But when teachers give a specific assignment it’s usually for one of four reasons. Understanding these goals helps parents and kids find study time more rewarding.

  • Preparation: Some assignments get children ready for upcoming topics. If the teacher plans a lesson about the Revolutionary War for instance, students will need the chapter of events that preceded it beforehand. Preparation homework often requires reading or research.
  • Practice: Doing the same kind of work repeatedly helps students learn skills–for example, writing down spelling words, reciting multiplication tables, or solving practice problems. This can be tedious, but it is necessary.
  • Demonstration: It’s challenging for kids to use different skills to show what they’ve learned. Projects such as preparing an oral report, building a model, writing a paper or putting on a play, encourage creativity and demonstrate thorough understanding of concepts.
  • Extension: This involves applying knowledge to a new situation. For example, children might be asked to compare two historic events, do a science experiment, or solve a real-life problem.  

Teach your child to organize. The most important way for parents to help with homework is to encourage good study habits. Organization should be at the top of the list. Without organization; it’s hard to study effectively–if at all.

Here are some organization tips to give your child:

  • Write down assignments. Give your child an assignment notebook. He should clearly record each assignment and when it’s due.
  • Use self-stick notes. Your child can attach them to books he needs for studying. After school, everything with a note on it goes home.
  • Plan ahead. Break long-term assignments into small parts. Write each part’s deadline on a calendar.
  • Make to-do lists. Everyday your child should list tasks to complete during study time. Crossing them off will provide a sense of accomplishment.
  • File papers. Divide a large binder into sections for each subject. Include folders for saving loose papers.
  • Put books by the door. If your child’s schoolwork is by the front door in the morning, he won’t have to look for it in the morning.
  • Hint: Even organized kids forget to write down assignments once in a while. Suggest that your child exchange phone numbers with classmates. Then occasional forgetfulness shouldn’t cause a problem.
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