Setting up good habits in children should start at an early age. As these habits become ingrained, they become part of their routine for a lifetime. This can help make their life much easier as they get older.
Studying is one of those things that can set up a child for life. It pays off to set them up with good studying habits that they can use when they advance through every part of their academic career. If you want your child to get into a good university, then this is the key to that happening.
In this article, we will go over several tips to try out to instill some good studying habits in your children.
1 - Designate a study space
It is very important to have a space that is only used for studying and homework. You shouldn’t have to be clearing out a space every time the child needs to do their schoolwork.
This creates a sense of serenity and less anxiety when studying. If the area where they study is always changing and has distractions then this is going to be counterproductive.
The space should have a desk and everything they need right at hand. It should also be an ergonomic desk so they can study without feeling tired or losing focus. In fact, a school standing desk is a good idea and is becoming increasingly popular with elementary, junior high, and high schools around the world for how it helps students study with more focus.
Whatever the type of desk, it is a good idea to let the child set it up the way that works best for them so they are more likely to stay focused and productive.
2 - Don’t allow cramming
Cramming studying just before a test may help to get a decent grade for that exam, but it doesn’t help to learn. Studying shouldn’t be a way to memorize things for short-term learning, but learning how to learn so they can become more intellectually curious.
Cramming is a bad habit that can stick if it is allowed to be done too often. Instead, it is a good idea to set up a study routine and plan ahead for tests. This is especially important for students with teachers that love to issue pop quizzes. That’s not a problem for the child that never crams but always comes prepared.
3 - Avoid distractions
Make sure to set aside a time for schoolwork that is consistent so that there are fewer distractions. For instance, if the study area is around a TV then make sure to set aside the same hour or whichever amount of time is necessary to get things done by making it a no TV zone for that duration.
Hopefully, the study area is set aside and can be closed off. However, even when that is the case, you’ll need to take away any tablets or phones for the time set aside to study. If they need a snack then have it there already so they don’t need to come ask for one.