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.
If you have a choice, then what would you choose? A or B?
Drawing & Learning on a flat or tilted surface, which is best?
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 for effective ways to study:
Be aware of your kids’ posture and sitting position when they are studying or learning. Their body position affects the way they use their arm and hand. Here are some hints to follow.
Figure 1-1: Good angles at 0 – 30 degrees suitable for writing.
- Keep your fingers relaxed. Your knuckles should not be curled up or turn white when you write.
- Reduce finger motions. Use your wrist and forearm to move the pen or pencil rather than your fingers.
- Re-orient your writing paper or use an inclined surface to keep your wrist relaxed, especially for left-handed writing.
- If writing hurts your thumb, try holding the pen in the space between your index and middle fingers.
- Handwrite rather than print. Large, cursive style writing causes less strain than printing small letters.
- Select large diameter pens and pencils or use rubber grips to reduce gripping force.
- Place Leaf-It-Finger dots or grips on fingers to increase friction. Tape or tubing can be applied to pens and pencils to increase surface friction.
- Replace standard ballpoint pens with easy flow ink fountain pens, roller balls, and gel ink pens.
- Write at a reasonable pace with frequent breaks.
Figure 1-2: Good angles at 30 – 50 degrees suitable for reading.
- 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.
Figure 1-3: Tilted surface with angles at 50-70 degrees suitable for drawing.
- The hand and forearm fall naturally in the correct position.
- The heel of the hand is not “planted” in one position and arm movement is free.
- 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.
- Add color to the drawing. 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.
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