Take Breaks To Maintain Interest
When we think about homework and studying in general, we often neglect the importance of taking regular breaks. In 2011, the University of Illinois conducted an experiment to see whether a group of students who took breaks outperformed those who didn't. The study found that the performance of those who didn't take regular breaks began to decline over the 50 minute test time, while. The rested group was sharp and on-task for the entire duration. Taking time to step away from work dramatically increases the quality of students' work and keeps them engaged and interested in what they're doing.
Take The Pressure Off & Do It Early
The stress of studying is something that can start in children and spread throughout the family. As a parent, the last thing you want is for your child to get worked up about an upcoming exam or project, and cram everything at the last minute. Doing work early, perhaps even a week or two in advance, allows your children to truly grasp what they're being taught, as well as avoiding the stress of last-minute crunching. Try sitting down with your children the day they get notified of the work that's needed, and start then and there, wasting no time and causing far less stress.
Keep Distractions To A Minimum
Procrastination is the death of productivity, and whether you are 13 or 53, it's a tough beast to tackle. Procrastinating over a long period of time can cause demotivation and disillusion with work and can even lead to depression. The best way to minimize the temptation to procrastinate is to get rid of all possible distractions. For your children, this may be a games console, cell phone, or sports activity (just to name a few). Communicate with your child, and see what distracts them the most, and also take into account your own distractions to mirror this progression in education.
Listen And Learn
As children grow, the way they express themselves changes, and for most, becomes easier to understand. However, while they're still learning, navigating their minds, and understanding their complaints and issues can prove tricky. Knowing what support your child needs is most of the battle when it comes to studying, so sit down with them, listen to them, and offer different approaches to the learning experience. Making eye contact, giving your full attention, and repeating what's said are some of the crucial elements of an active listener, a skill that all parents should have.
If you've tried all the suggestions in this article, and nothing seems to work, then you might want to think about getting some help. By attacking some of the more specific issues your child has with learning, tutors, chaplains, and even psychiatrists can play a huge role in the progression of your child's education. Tutors are usually the first step towards improving and refining knowledge in a particular subject, and will often inform you as a parent about more serious problems at hand. Don't be afraid to ask for help; we all need support, and your child's education is no different.