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Good Study Habits and Organization Skills Create Sucessful Students
Posted on September 23, 2016 by BookSmartTutors


As a parent, helping your child develop good study habits and organizational skills at an
early age requires diligence and persistence. Developing good study habits and organizational
skills at a young age helps minimize stress on both children and parents. When children begin
school, it is the parents' responsiblity to help them establish a routine that encourages and
fosters maningful study time in the home. When parents involve themselves with school and
homework, children receive th message that homework and schoolwork are necessary. Below are
tips for assisting your child in becoming a confident, independent and successful student.

Decide on a Homework and Study Routin Together

  • Agree upon a study time with your child that is free of TV, radio, phones, and other
    interruptions. Take into consideration activities and commitments outside of school. Choose
    a time during the day that your child will be able to concentrate best.
  • Create a study area with paper, pencils, etc. Replenish supplies routinely.
  • Expect your kids to complete homework accurately. Parents should examine homework with
    the eyes of the teacher. Mae suggestions to children how to improve the assignment. Proofread
    and check your child's assignments. Check for legibility, neatness, spelling, complete sentences,
    and puncation errors.
  • Insist that homework takes priority over other activities.
  • Limit after-school activities if there are so many commitments that the child has no time or energy
    left for homework
  • Make help available for the child who is struggling. Engage tutors, a teacher hotline, or neighvours
    who are knowledgeable in different subject areas and willing to help your child.

Organization is Essential

  • Have your child use an assignment book to write down daily assignments and to check them off
    when completed. Use the assignment book as a communication tool between teacher and parent.
    Ask the teacher to initial the assignment book after your child writes down the daily assignments
    to ensure accuracy.
  • Breakdown long term assignments and projects into smaller parts. Set goals and plan ahead. have
    your child complete a portion of the assignment each day until it is finished. The length of time set
    aside for homework and studying should be appropriate for the age and ability level of the child. Increase
    the time as your child matures. Take short breaks when needed
  • Review class notes and highlight important information. Have your child make corrections on assignments
    that have been returned.
  • Place all completed assignments in appropriate folders or notebooks when finished. Pack the backpack for
    the next day. Establish this as a routine for each evening. Success!
  • Display your child;s best schoolwork in a place of importance within the home (the refrigerator door, bulletin
    board, etc)
  • Establish a system of reqards to encourage your child to bring home everything he/she needs to complete all
    homework. Create logical and meaningful consequences for "forgetting" homework and materials. Reward your
    child for improving grades and study habits.

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