Education basics have become more complex over the years, and parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children's education.
The following is a compilation of study, exam, homework and time-management tips from various education Web sites:
Location is the key to concentration, so remove distractions from your child's study-intense environment.. To guarantee that your student makes the most of his or her time, have them study in a room without a phone or turn off the ringer, and don't allow them to listen to music or watch television while they're enriching their brain. The ticket to doing well on a test is to mimic the testing atmosphere even in this early phase. Everything from temperature to lighting should remain consistent with the testing environment because the greater the similarity between the study setting and the test setting, the greater the likelihood that the material studied will be recalled during the test.
Make studying a habit. Just like going to soccer practice or dance classes, studying should become a part of the daily routine. Even in small 50-minute intervals of time, studying each day helps prevent all-night cram sessions and allows for the students to stay on top of their work, recognizing and solving problem areas early on.
Always prioritize. The more difficult tasks and studying should be done when levels of concentration are higher, usually earlier in the day. Save the easier tasks for after dinner when children tend to move at a slower pace.
Seek help to improve your grades. Whether your child is an 'A' student or a 'D' student, getting extra help from teachers or tutors can enhance anyone's learning skills.
Write it down. Confuscious once said that the faintest ink is better than the sharpest memory. Make a master calendar where you and your child can write important test and assignment due dates. Review deadlines and upcoming work with them on a daily basis to keep it fresh in their memory.
Does your child get enough sleep? Comprehension and memory are affected by stress and fatigue. Children should get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night; if they're tired, their brains cannot function at full potential.
Have trouble remembering key information? Help your child capture his understanding in an active way, thus, committing the information to memory. Help him generate real-life examples, and then recite and review this information on a daily basis. Be creative and interested. If you and your child bring the information to a personal level, chances are, they will recall the information come test time.
There are those among us who are wonderful, diligent studiers, but horrible test takers. If your child fits this mold, go over the test-taking procedure orally with him before he goes to take an exam, relieving some unnecessary anxiety. Always stress that he read the instructions carefully; most mistakes made on tests are due to carelessness. Tell them to answer the less difficult questions first, to build their self confidence and help them to budget their time.
Homework Whittling it down to size
Why should students do it?
Homework encourages students to learn and develop good habits and attitudes which will apply later in life. It teaches them to work independently, encouraging discipline and responsibility, and most importantly, homework provides parents with an opportunity to get involved in their student's education, allowing parents to assess their child's progress on what it is that he is learning.
Teachers may have students review for tests, edit assignments, read an assigned section, research, problem-solve or discuss a topic with mom or dad.
There are four keys to mastering these homework assignments, and parents play an integral part.
1. Show that you think education and homework are important; it will make your child more prone to do it if you show that you care.
2. Monitor your child's work. Don't do it for him, but check over it, and stay on top of him. It will help your child maintain a balance between social/sports activities and academics.
3. Provide guidance. Talk about your child's assignments and ask questions that will get your child thinking. Give praise when your child does a good job, and offer constructive criticism when he hasn't done his best.
4. Talk with someone at school as soon as problems arise. Students often don't tell their teachers when work is too difficult or too easy, so you, as the parent, have to take on this responsibility.
You should also observe your child's style of learning. Some students are visual, some need to read aloud, some need to both see it and read it. Whatever their style, you should adapt techniques specific to them, that can help clarify confusing material at home.
On top of all of this, time management can seem like an added task, but by comprehending the concept of time management, everything else will fall into place and become part of a daily routine.
There are 168 hours in one week. Subtract 56 hours for sleep (assuming your child gets eight hours each night), 21 hours of eating and 30 hours of attending class. That leaves 61 hours each week for your student to make decisions. The key to their academic success is making wise decisions about how to spend these 61 hours each week.
Far from making a robot of your student, experts in time management at the University of Texas suggest that children, like adults, spend the first five minutes of each day making a schedule, starting with a record of the fixed activities, and then working studying and free-time into it.
The educational front is becoming more demanding, requiring more of students at an earlier age. The only way for students to progress is with at-home help from their parents, and a few tips for success.
For additional information on helping your child achieve academic success, you can visit www.parent-tips.com, and receive answers to your most baffling educational questions.