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.