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10 Study Skills All Students Should Know

01/22/2016 12:26PM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Education, In Print, Today, Schools




By Dr. Rick Bavaria, Sylvan Learning

As we now move into the second half of the school year, students have already taken first semester tests or projects. Let’s hit pause and talk about how we can help our students build the study skills they need to ace the second half, down to the end of the school year. It’s really important that as parents and educators, we remember that children aren’t born with study skills. Like most other skills, they are learned. Kids look to us to teach effective methods for studying: the techniques that will help them deeply understand and retain information, distill complex ideas and feel confident come test day. Want to improve your kids’ study skills? Work on these suggestions, and you’ll be well on the way. Here are some simple tips to share with your child for building the good study skills that can lead to great grades. 


1.  Planners are a sanity saver. Time management is tricky for everyone, especially kids and teens. Having major deadlines, due dates, events and extra-curricular activities in one place helps kids visualize their week, manage their time and stay on track.

 

2.  Breaking it down is a good thing. There is nothing worse than not knowing where to start when it comes to schoolwork. Understanding how to break daunting projects into more manageable ones is a key skill. For example, make studying for a giant math final approachable by making a list of all the concepts included in the test, and review them one at a time.

 

3.  Organization isn’t overrated. Keeping notes, projects and reading materials in logical order helps kids find what they need right away, cutting down on time spent tracking things down and upping time spent actually studying.

 

4.  Taking good notes matters. Taking good notes helps keep kids’ grades up, especially in middle or high school. Practice with them in picking out the “main ideas” in conversations with you, in news reports, in church sermons or in magazine articles.

 

5.  Study slow and steady. The most successful test-takers aren’t cramming the night before. The best way for kids to do well on tests is to review the information daily at home. Having children work with friends to study or in small groups outside of school is a great way to encourage this.

 

6.  Harp on homework POSITIVELY. This sounds straight-forward, but many kids struggle with completing homework. Getting homework done thoughtfully and on time is one of the most fundamental study skills.

 

7.  Concentrating is critical. Staying focused is easier for some kids than others. Insist that your kids are doing their best to avoid distractions in class. This means making sure they’re keeping cellphones tucked away and being vocal if a chatty classmate is causing them to lose focus.

 

8.  Directions aren’t always direct. Oftentimes students can get tripped up by homework or test instructions. Encouraging kids to listen carefully and spend plenty of time reading directions really helps. Also make sure they know it’s OK to speak up if they don’t understand testing directions.

 

9.  Know you’ve got help. If prepping for tests is a tough ordeal and your child is losing confidence in his or her test-taking ability, a lack of study skills could be to blame. Find an organization that can help.

 

10.  It’s fine to have some fun. I’ve already mentioned study groups, but there are lots of ways to make studying fun. Come up with some cool “rewards” with your kids — extra time with you, a favorite treat, later curfew — to let them know you recognize their efforts. Support and encourage them. Keep your sense of humor. It all helps.



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  • Little All Stars

    04/10/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Sensory Friendly Art & Adventures

    04/10/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, the Center for Disabilities and Museum of Visual ...


  • Latches

    04/10/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Breastfeeding takes a village. Nourish your baby in a safe, comfortable place, surrounded by your...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • Toddler Time

    04/11/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    04/11/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Into the Pit

    04/11/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Into the Pit Quarry Tour arrives with another chance to go Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials q...


  • Lapsit

    04/11/2017
    10:30AM — 11:05AM

    Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families and ...


  • Babywearing for Do-It-Yourself-ers

    04/11/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Monthly on the second Tuesday


  • Join local musician Steve McFarland as he introduces the soothing sounds of the islands on th...


  • Art Journaling for Everyone

    04/11/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Art journaling for EVERYONE! Admission: $15 No artistic skills required. Join Da Vinci, Van Gog...


  • 25th Annual Avera McKennan Trauma Symposium

    04/12/2017
    07:30AM — 04:00PM

    This symposium will highlight current evidence-based concepts and acute care management of the tr...


  • Little All Stars

    04/12/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Milk Monologues

    04/12/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • American Family Insurance Easter Bunny

    04/12/2017
    03:00PM — 05:00PM

    We are so excited to announce that the EASTER BUNNY will be hopping into our office of Terra Koup...


  • Sensory Friendly Art & Adventures

    04/12/2017
    04:00PM — 05:30PM

    In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, the Center for Disabilities and Museum of Visual ...


  • Middle School Art Club

    04/12/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Drop your middle schoolers off for art and crafts. FREE


  • Middle School Art Club

    04/12/2017
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Drop your middle schoolers off for art and crafts. FREE



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