3 Habits You Can Adopt to Help Your Kids Study Smarter

3 Habits You Can Adopt to Help Your Kids Study Smarter

1. Stick to a schedule

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Ok, so we all have busy lives which render a consistent schedule tough, but hear me out. Meeting deadlines consistently are imperative not only for academic success, but for success out there in the real world. As a parent, you can establish a timeline for both your children and for yourself. An effective schedule would entail having dinner at the same time every night, followed by homework time, and then an hour of reading. Simply by doing this, you’re helping their brain get into study mode and make that period a very effective study session every day. Make sure your home is an atmosphere that fosters academic success. That means switching off TVs and making sure the other kids, if they aren’t studying, to play quietly. Any adults should also do something productive during that time to set a good example.

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2. Don't let technology be the boss

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Technology, in all of its glory, can also be incredibly distracting. Who hasn't been tempted to scroll through social media when we should be focused on something else? Because our children model our behavior, it's important that we not rely on our technology every second for every purpose. During the set study time, cell phones, tablets, and computers not associated with assignments or tasks should be put away. By using technology as a tool and not as a default, you'll teach your student to think about things in more interesting and creative ways. Also, a break from screen-time will increase your family's quality of sleep and help your eyes rest.

3. Get organized

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You've probably noticed that your student struggles to stay organized sometimes—it's an art, and not one that comes easily to many people. But being organized and knowing how to follow directions is crucial to academic, and eventually workplace, success, so it's important to think about how your organization, or lack thereof, might be impacting your child. If you're constantly scattered and disorganized, your student might be too. To get yourself more together, model behavior in whatever way works for you—envelopes, corkboards, planners, to-do lists, etc. If you try using a planner, either online or on a hard copy, create a family calendar to keep track of various activities and assignments. Students who are able to keep track of their classes and homework assignments can become better at following directions, which leads to more complete and thorough assignments.

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