After a cold and snowy winter, spring is finally upon us! With the end of the school year fast approaching, key assignments, final projects and exams are on the horizon.
With sunny days after school and extracurricular activities in the weekly calendar, it can often be challenging for students to stay focused towards the end of the school year. Fortunately, Teachers on Call has put together some spring study tips that students of all ages can use to help them succeed.
Here are the five most helpful study strategies that come highly recommended by our team:
Get Organized: This is an area where many students struggle. Strong organization skills help students keep track of their extracurricular commitments, homework,upcoming assignments, and tests. Although agendas are handed out by the schools in the fall, they are often abandoned by this time of year. If your son or daughter can’t find their agenda, do not fret. Rather, encourage them to prepare timetables to get them through this final stretch. This will help them budget their time for studying and to mark down key academic dates. Colour coding of dates and subjects is often a helpful study strategy, so time to dig out the highlighters.
Stay on Schedule: Students learn best when they review their materials and homework consistently and over time. We recommend that your son or daughter has a balanced schedule that takes into account their homework, activities, and free time. If there is a larger assignment due, minimizing procrastination habits is important. Have your learner plan ahead and work backwards from the due date, and divide up the larger task into smaller blocks by day or week.
Set up a Study Friendly Area: Each student learns differently and it is important to have a study space that works best for them. From our experience, a clean, well lit space with school supplies close by works best. Also, try and avoid distractions like cell phones and TV to allow your son or daughter to stay focused.
Make Time for Breaks: The spring can be a stressful time of year for students, especially at the high-school and post-secondary levels. Study breaks are vital for mental well-being. Encourage a walk in the park or viewing of a favourite TV show for a reward. The important thing is after the break that the studying resumes.
Communicate with Teachers: As your daughter or son faces any challenges with their schoolwork or are seeking enrichment opportunities, discuss with the classroom teacher. This will help to ensure your child has a successful school year, and is positioned to start the next academic year strong. Some parents may opt to ask for recommendations to keep students engaged over the summer months.