Good Study Habits
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Sometimes it seems we all need help getting organized. Such help can be amazingly
useful to a child who wants to study more effectively. Here are some tips to help children
make the most of their study time:
- Set aside a time. The biggest challenge might be sitting down and starting.
- Set aside a place. Kids study better if they have a certain place where they can work.
It doesnt have to be exclusively set aside for studying-it can be the kitchen
tablebut it should be the same place every night.
- Provide adequate supplies. With your child, stock up on supplies that they will need.
Nothing wastes time like a search for a pencil or paper. Ask them to write down what they
need to do. This will help them focus. It will also give them a sense of accomplishment
when they cross something off a list.
- Eliminate distractions. Some homes are just naturally loud. To the extent that you can,
create a quiet space.
- Help them find their own working style. Some people like to tackle one project at a
time. Other people like to go back and forth between projects.
- Remember that organized isnt the same as neat. Some people work best on a clean
surface. Other people need a lot of notes and books in front of them. The goal is always
Source: University of Minnesota
Extension Service, InfoU script Live and Learn; Creating Conditions for Childrens Succes
Sarah Staude, StaudeS@missouri.edu
Regional Specialist, 4-H Youth
Cass County, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension