Tips to Help Your Child Improve Their Planning and Organisational Study Skills
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Improving your children's focus is as much about giving themselves the best opportunity to improve using the right environment and constraints, as it is about actually having the will power to focus.
When there are so many other things going on during studies, it can be challenging to keep pace. There will be times when they will lack the motivation to study – this is when their solid study plan will be most valuable.
The first step to effective studying is to get organised.
When they're organised and aware of what they need to do, they're more likely to be cool, calm and collected when challenges arise.
Where to Study: Setting Up A Study Area
Find a suitable place to study. You may consider for some time in a school facility like a library that is conducive to learning and with quiet ambience. However, most students prefer to study mainly at home. In any way, neat and organised study space is essential and will help them to learn best.
Guide questions in setting up a right study area. You should be able to answer YES to all these questions
- Is the study space quiet, clean, and free from all distractions?
- Is it a place that your child can concentrate for extended periods?
- Is the chair comfortable that your child can sit for a long time?
- Is their desk free from mess and clutter?
- Is the area well-lit which make them able to see the study materials?
- Does the study space contain all the study materials they need?
- Does the study place have a comfortable temperature?
Some can only concentrate in a tidy and organised environment while others can work in a more cluttered one. Think about and observe what works perfectly for your child.
There are several online tools or extensions we recommend to help stay focused when studying on or around computers, including:
These can reduce online distractions, disable access to the internet and certain websites.
What to Prepare: Gathering the Learning Resource
Gather all the resources that your child may need while studying. These are the tools which will help them to learn best.
List of printed and digital learning resources that they may need:
Prepare also the necessary supplies like papers, pens, highlighters, and markers.
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Guide questions to check whether your child have prepared the learning resources. You should be able to answer YES to all these questions.
- Did they prepare only the materials they would need for the whole day?
- Did they open only the websites that can be a help to them for studying?
- Did they prepare the supplies they can use in studying?
When to Study: Finding the best time
Find the time that they feel comfortable. Some students prefer to study in the morning when the brain is refreshed and ready for the information, and natural light keeps them alert, while others prefer in the night-time when it’s quiet and has fewer distractions and interruptions.
Everyone's different, help them develop a study routine that works for them. If they study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if they're more productive at night-time, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening.
Here is the adapted approach to keep your child's materials compiled using an accordion folder and binder.
- The first step in compiling is to get an accordion folder (expandable folders with lots of pockets) specifically for use during school, with two sections for each subject.
- Name the first by the subject name and the second with homework.
At home, it is recommended to have a ring binder 1 for each learning area. Use dividers or plastic sleeves to split up your ring binders into relevant sections for each learning area for example
At least once a week, spend 5-10 minutes helping your child in filing all their notes from their daily folder and subject folders. If their daily folder is getting full, they may need to file a couple of times a week.
As a parent, encourage your child to keep track of their schedule. One of the essential skills that your child can learn at primary is knowing how to organise their study. There are several ways you can do to monitor progress.
Developing excellent organisational skills is a crucial ingredient for success in school and life. Tutor2you will help the students to keep things in order – ensuring effective study routines and systems in place to help each child to get ready for learning.
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