Parents in this era are in a hyped up mood of getting the best for their kids and in return, expecting their kids to do well in studies and exam. No matter how earnest you are in guiding your little ones on the right study track, most parents would end up hitting the wall on searching for the best way to help their children study effectively. However, keep in mind that finding the best way to study is an ongoing process as well as a learning curve for you as their parents.
Learning the most effective way to study helps avoid panic and frustration the next time a big test is coming up. After all, your kids are more likely to do well before a test when they have had time to properly review and practice the material! Mastering effective study techniques not only makes it easier to learn but will also help your child gets to understand the subjects at hand better. You don’t have to become your child’s constant study buddy. But you can keep your own cheat sheet of study techniques to share with them.
Try out a few of these tips before your child’s next exam and they’ll soon have A-level test-prep skills.
Reading & Writing
- Read and circle. Improve your child’s comprehension by having your child circle important words in the questions so that when he reads the passage, he could circle the answers to the questions.
- Talk it out. If your child’s an auditory learner, encourage him to whisper the reading section to himself or mouth the words. The information will stick in his memory more effectively
- Play detective. Improve your child’s focus by asking him to sleuth out the “five W’s and one H” (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How) in every reading passage. If your child finds these “main clues” and highlights or circles them, he should be able to easily answer the questions.
- Ace the essays. Help your child make up essay questions to practice answering. Create a “mind map” or web with a center circle. Around it, she can jot her ideas in additional circles.
- Talk it out. Have your child review the major math concepts he’s studying and either say them aloud or write on index cards the general gist of each topic.
- Work it out. Do actual problems on paper or a dry-erase board. Math problems from textbook is a good practice source.
- Add color. When he’s doing long division or other problems that require multiple steps, have your child complete each line or section in a different color pencil.
- Draw it out. Encourage your child to draw simple pictures while studying and on scratch paper during a test — particularly for story problems involving shapes, sizes, distances, or lengths.
- Picture this. Have your child draw a simple picture of each spelling word next to the first letter of the word as a clue on a card. She should write the correct spelling on the back of the card. Then have your child check the picture, then spell the word aloud or write it on paper.
- Get it on tape. Show your child how to say each spelling word into a cassette player, iPhone, or digital audio device, leaving long pauses after each word. Have him replay the recording if he could not get it the first time.
- Study via stickies. Post tough spelling words throughout the house — on the refrigerator, bathroom door, mirrors — with colorful sticky notes.
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