Archive for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Five questions: Better studying

September 24, 2013

Now that school is in full swing, many students are spending lots of time outside of the classroom working on homework or studying. Educators with the Kansas Connections Academy, a K-12 virtual online school, say there are a number of ways in which you can make your home into an environment that facilitates learning and more regular study habits.

Below, the academy offers some tips.

Q: What’s the first step to making my home more homework-friendly for my kids?

A: Reduce clutter and get organized. Stacks of workbooks and papers make studying appear as a daunting task. Help your child organize his or her learning materials and store them in a dedicated place such as a filing cabinet or paper folders — one for each subject.

Q: What else can I do?

A: Monitor noise levels while your child is studying. Whether your child is working independently or together with you, phones, televisions and outside noises distract children and pull them out of their studies — even if it is coming from another room.

Q: Where’s the best place for my child to study in the home?

A: While the sofa might seem like the perfect, relaxing place, it’s better left as a post-schoolwork luxury. Instead, designate a room, or even a table, as your student’s learning space. Setting aside a specific area of your home where studying takes place creates an environment conducive to learning, much like a working classroom atmosphere. You and your child will come to associate that space with productive study habits.

Q: Is it a good idea to schedule a set time for studying each day?

A: Absolutely. Having a set time scheduled each day when learning or homework occurs creates good habits for you and your child. Do not allow yourself or your child to occasionally watch a favorite television show or go over to a friend’s house during this scheduled time. You must treat it as “study-only” time to reinforce the importance of the learning process.

Q: How can I get my child more excited about the prospect of coming home and working on homework?

A: Getting engaged yourself in your child’s learning and making learning enjoyable will go a long way. Showing interest in your child’s ideas and progress makes learning a positive process.

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