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Good Study Habits

Follow these tips to find out what works best for your child

By third grade, there is an uptick in homework. Experts say this is an ideal time to help kids develop good study habits that will carry them through college.

The brain needs constant review and reminders to retain information. A guide from Northwest Florida State College lists the benefits of effective studying: improving memory, knowledge and grades; using time more productively and efficiently; increasing success in school and future endeavors; and feeling more positive about school, themselves and their abilities.

 “To have good study habits you have to know what kind of learner you are,” says Allison Granger, language arts coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education. “Would watching a video be more effective than reading about it? Or does it help you to write notes? Do you learn by listening? Find out what works for you. Also be open to digital options,” Granger says. “There is no one way to study.”

Developing good study habits
Get organized: Stay on track with school assignments with a daily reminder, especially for larger projects. A family calendar that notes sports practices and other activities helps children budget time.

Know the expectations: Teachers often provide students with a chart that details assignments and grading. If expectations aren’t clear, the child should ask the teacher. Make sure your child has a clear and appropriate assignment, and knows what they are expected to learn.

Designate a study area and time that works best for your child and family: Dedicate a quiet space for to learning. It can be at home, the library or somewhere else, says Granger. Best time to study? It depends. Some students like to do homework early in the morning to avoid distractions, while others focus best after school,  but need a break first to decompress before tackling homework, she says.

Working in groups: Studying with peers helps students.
Use flashcards: They help with material that requires memorization, such as vocabulary words or multiplication tables.

Finally, no cramming! Granger explains: “A lot of kids try to cram in too much information right before a test. If you extend your learning over time you’ll be able to have better long-term memory of what you are learning.”

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Study tips
• Set a regular time to study that fits in with the student’s family schedule
• Remove distractions, such as television and smartphones
• Gather supplies
• Learn note-taking
• Learn time management
• Get organized for tests
Source: U.S. Department of Education


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