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Four Ways To Refresh Study Habits For Spring

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There are only a few months left in the school year and with nicer weather and plethora of outdoor fun to be had, it can be difficult to maintain the good habits that have seen your child through the school year.

We’re sharing four tips to help you and your child refresh their study habits and end the school year strongly.

Make a Weekly Schedule: With your child, plan a weekly schedule that includes their extra curriculum activities, free time, and when they will work on their homework. When scheduling homework, build in a buffer for extra time and breaks. This will help teach your child time management and prioritizing their different assignments and homework.  Also plan for tests and exams in advance so studying is not left until the last minute. If an unexpected outing disrupts the schedule, work with your child to revisit it and plan for the shift.

Communicate with Your Child’s Teacher: Check in with your child’s teacher to ensure that they are making progress along the learning continuum. If they have missed an assignment or are not understanding a topic, there is still time in the school year to work with the teacher to make a plan and support your child.

Prepare for Tests: Find out from your child’s teacher (or ask them to find out) if there are any sample questions or tests that you can use to help your child get to know what to expect on the exam or even EQAO if your child is in a testing year. Knowing what to expect, even visually, can help to reduce test-taking anxiety. If your child needs some extra support, now is a good time to connect with a tutor to help them revisit or learn concepts.

Get Plenty of Sleep: While this tip may not be exactly a study habit, getting enough sleep helps your child be prepared for learning. It’s easy as the sun stays out longer to delay bedtime but after a couple of evenings, you’ll notice your child’s behaviour is greatly affected. Be consistent about the timing of bedtime, as well as the expectation that they need to rest.

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What is STEM and How Can You Engage Your Child?

STEM is becoming a very popular term in education circles.   So what is STEM?   It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.

But STEM is not just about learning the periodic table or trigonometry signs.   It is a philosophy of developing hands-on problem solving skills through gathering evidence, research and making sense of data and information.   In an increasingly complex world, future potential careers will be in fields related to STEM or that leverage problem solving skills that are developed through these subjects.

Click the video below to learn more:

Now that you are familiar with the topic, here are some helpful tips for parents to engage their child and develop strong problem solving and research skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

1) Create an Environment Outside of School:  Give educational programming a try programs like the Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth, PBS’s Sid the Science Kid or History Channel’s Modern Marvels.  Engage in other activities like visiting a science centre or other extracurricular programs like Mad Science.   After the show or program talk about the areas learned together.

2) Display curiosity and show your interest in learning.  Your enthusiasm should rub off on your child.

3) Encourage Asking Questions: Encourage your child to ask how and why to develop a problem solving mindset.  If you don’t know the answer to their question, learn about the topic together to encourage building research skills.

4) Use Real Life Examples:  For example, when you throw a ball in the air, use it to talk about gravity.

Additional Resources:

Successful STEM Education

STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide

National Geographic Education

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