How To Encourage Good Study Habits In Your Teenager or Child

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“Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi

“We learn…
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we both hear and see
70% of what is discussed
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we teach to someone else” – William Glasser

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates

I was reading another article on this subject earlier today, and it somewhat bothered me. You could tell it was written by a somewhat older adult, someone who hasn’t been to school in awhile, and someone that goes by the book. The thing is no two people are alike, no two people retain information the exact same way. We all learn differently. So I would have to say that step one is paying attention to your child and trying to see how they see the world and how they interpret it.

The article I read started out with making sure your child enters high school or what not with strong reading skills, I mean I do agree with this somewhat I can’t really recall anyone that was at the top of my class not being able to read very well. But just like everything else there is a catch to this, some people will never be able to become great readers but it doesn’t mean they aren’t highly intelligent and it doesn’t mean they can’t excel with people that have a higher ability to read. But in a lot of cases I would say your child’s ability to read is going to be a crucial theme in them doing well in school.

The problem with our approach to education is that we only tell half the story, what to learn but not how to learn it. Everyone should be familiar with the simple principles of “Learning How to Learn” if you will, which in turn can be applied to anything and everything. Remember that every student or child learns differently and that every student can learn.

Organization is another key point that we have to look at, you have to make sure there is balance in your child’s life so they don’t get burnt out. I had a really good friend in high school, who had a 4.0 all the way through high school his parents pushed him and pushed him to do well in school, not allowing failure. After high school he just didn’t care anymore, he was out on his own and doing things he didn’t get a chance to do in high school became way more important to him than his future, he isn’t even in college now. You have to realize that younger people handle stress completely different than more mature people and continually pushing a child may seem to help at the time but they are going to eventually get burnt out.

I myself never had to study, maybe I was gifted I don’t know I dont really think I am, but I still graduated with a 3.4 gpa. If I would have studied some and did some of my homework I could have easily graduated with a 4.0 but it was never really that important to me. I’m just trying to say that everyone learns differently, and we all need to be catered to in our own ways. The most important aspect of bringing good study habits in your child is to understand your child and help them find what works best for them. No two people are alike and once you understand that you can help your child in ways you wouldn’t have thought possible.

Lastly always be supportive. You may not be able to help your child with that most dreaded calculus homework but you can always provide encouragement, empathy, and their favorite snack during a long study session. :)

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