As children head back to the classroom, parents seek ways to make that transition smooth. While getting up early in the morning may be difficult, the bigger hurdle is returning to good study habits. Whether the kids are in elementary school or finishing high school, good study habits can help children succeed both in the classroom and in life.
Recently, Post-it Brand commissioned a report on school study tips. Here are the findings from Dr. Michele Borba, parenting and education expert.
Strong study and homework habits are extremely important as students head back to school, however before you can instill positive techniques, parents need to understand their child’s learning style. Identify how each student learns best, by seeing, hearing or doing, to determine how to tailor and adapt and lessons and study tactics accordingly.
- Visual learners need to see the information to absorb it. Students can use Post-it Brand Super Sticky Notes from the World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection to visually map out information and move them around their books or desk space as they study.
- Auditory learners need to hear the information to remember it. For this student, create flashcards with key facts and read the text out loud.
- Kinesthetic learners are “do-ers” – they should participate in an activity to learn, such as writing notes out long form.
- Create a homework and study friendly environment for students. Eliminate distractions by turning off the TV or computer games and dedicate a space in the home where students complete homework and study to stay focused. Stock the space with all supplies needed to complete work, brainstorm and get creative for projects.
- Study more effectively. When it comes to books, textbooks and re-reading notes, highlighting and underlining are ineffective. Instead, students can mark their spot in textbooks using Post-it Brand Flags (such as those from the World of Color Rio de Janeiro collection) and keep track of what matters and information that will be on the test. Jotting down key facts on notes is another helpful method.
- Make tasks more manageable. As students advance in school, homework and assignments become more complex. Divide assignments into manageable portions and create to-do lists with assignments to tackle each night. Planning ahead and time management skills are key.
These good study habits are applicable to students and adults too. Better organization, staying on task and adapting to personal learning styles can help manage every part of life. From carpool schedules to weekly chores, these tips can be adapted throughout the home.
As the school year begins, students and families can benefit from a re-evaluation of organization, study habits and strong work ethics. Combine effective products like those from Post-it Brand and a strong work effort to achieve goals for the school year and beyond.
What back to school study tips and homework hacks work in your household? Share your thoughts in the comments section.