Do your students need help with writing reports? Studying for tests? Getting organized? Dealing with problems at school? Share these links with your students and their parents, for expert-approved, age-appropriate tips, in English, Spanish, and audio formats:
- Homework Help minisite for kids
- Homework Help minisite for teens
- Helping With Homework minisite for your students' parents
Your students' parents might find these articles helpful, too:
- Helping Your Child Adjust to Preschool
- Helping Your Child Succeed in Elementary School
- Helping Your Child Succeed in Middle School
- Helping Your Child Succeed in High School
- Helping Your Teen Decide What to Do After High School
Share these tips before the meeting to help get everyone on the same page:
Setting The Stage For Successful Studying
1. Identify a specific location where you will study. Your special "study place"...
a. Should be reasonably quiet. b. Should be relatively free of distractions (eg. television, stereo, games). c. Should be comfortable enough that you can remain focused over a period of time. d. Should have enough space so that you can spread out your books and notes. Avoid spaces that feel "cluttered" and disorganized. e. Should be a place that encourages work and concentration.
2. Equip your study space with the supplies and resources that you will need.
a. Textbooks, notes and other handouts are critical resources. b. Pens, pencils, erasers and a notebook/fresh paper are important. c. Dictionaries, atlases, and calculators may be helpful as well. d. Water or a non-carbonated beverage will keep you hydrated and alert. e. Access to a garbage can will help you to keep your space tidy.
3. Set short term goals
a. Before you start, record into your study log, an expected time of completion. b. Try to meet your time goal and stay focused for that entire planned time interval. c. Try to set slightly longer periods of study time each day.
4. Select a "study symbol" (eg. a special hat, scarf, etc.) that you will relate just to studying.
a. Bring out the study symbol when you begin. b. Do not wear the hat if you stop studying. Make the symbol a reminder of your study focus only.
5. If your mind wanders, stand up and turn away from your study space. Do not let your study space become associated with daydreaming. Try to refocus and get back to your space as soon as possible.
6. Set aside a regular time to study. Choose a time when you feel most alert and have the least number of pressures on you to do other things.
7. Do not start other "jobs" just before you begin your study routine. This unfinished business will distract you from concentrating on your work.
8. Declare yourself "unavailable" for phone calls or other interruptions during your study time.
9. Set short term goals. Do not assume that you can cover all topics in one sitting.
10. Begin each study session with a short review of your previous day's topics.
11. Keep a reminder pad on which you will record words, phrases, topics that are difficult for you to remember. Review these notes regularly.
12. Relax!! Studying is not punishment. Do not make yourself feel anxious.
13. Remember...Progress is made in small steps. HAPPY STUDYING!!