- Study Routines - helping your child to make a plan for studying can be very beneficial. You can do this by helping your student find a balance between school and other activities. You can find them a quiet place for homework, a specific time to do homework, and by making sure they have all the materials.
- Provide Encouragement - providing your child with encouragement helps them to build the confidence they need to succeed. Try and congratulate your child on good grades, and other positive things that they do. Encourage your student to become involved in extra-curricular activities and show your support for them by attending events. Try to make sure that criticism is constructive and not destructive, in a way that if your child is struggling provide positive feedback.
- Get Involved in the School - getting involved in school lets your child know that you are serious about their education. You can get involved by getting to know the teachers and staff, volunteering, and attending school sponsored events such as sporting games, concerts, and even parent-teacher conferences.
- Advocate for Your Child - advocating for your child simply means that you seek out resources that will help your child to become more successful in school. You can do this by making sure your student receives the academic resources they need to pass, contacting the school counselor to discuss what is going on with your child, and contacting the school counselor to see what community resources are available to help your child.
- Check-In - you can help your child by checking in regularly on their progress. You can sit down with your child to see what is going on, or even contact their teachers.
Study Skills - remember, everyone is different. These are only tips, they will not work for everyone.
- Review the material again before your test, so it's fresh in your mind.
- Try not to cram study. Spread it out over time so you have more time to review all of it.
- Study in a comfortable place.
- Look at things that are the most important first.
- Learn the overall concepts first, and learn the small details after.
- Take breaks when you study.
- Actually understand the material, don't just read quickly through it.
- If you study in a group, study with people that are studying the same thing.
- Test yourself to see if you retained anything you learned.
Here are some additional websites to help:
- Organization: If you need help becoming better organized these websites can give you tips to help you out. http://www.studygs.net/todolist.htm; http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/learning/organizational.asp
- Preparation and Time Management: If you need help on becoming more prepared for tests, and balancing time then these tips can help you. http://www.studygs.net/timman.htm; http://collegeboard.com/student/plan/college-success/116.html
- Memorization: Helpful hints on how to memorize things better. http://academic.cuesta.edu/asasupp/AS/207.htm; http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/learning/memory.asp
- Note Taking: Helpful hints on how to take better notes. http://academic/cuesta.edu/acasupp/AS/208.HTM; http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan.college-success/26666.html
- Test Taking: Helpful hints on how to prepare for test taking. http://academic.cuesta.edu/acasupp/AS/209.htm; http://www.testtakingtips.com/test/index.htm
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