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Polishing your student’s study habits

April 7, 2014


It’s that time of the year again – where we doze off, still learning to accept that hour stolen by the annual time change. We eye the calendar, counting down the days before we hit Spring Break. It’s the pre-Spring-Break lull and parents aren’t the only ones to feel it.

Students begin to sink into their desks a little lower, yawns are more frequent and the novelty of being back to school after winter break has long lost its allure.

So how do we encourage our kids to continue good study habits when we know they’re tired?

Developing strong study habits is helpful year round, but brushing up and tightening the reins a little this time of year can be particularly helpful come those fourth quarter report cards.

According to the California Department of Education, all students need to learn study skills and good academic habits.

The CDE encourages parents to help their students to focus on their studies by remembering the following good study habits:

  • Develop positive work habits.
  • Set goals.
  • Make effective use of daily planners.
  • Manage your child’s time after school.
  • Limit screen time.
  • Understand and use academic vocabulary.
  • Understand, develop, and apply mnemonic (ways to memorize things) devices.
  • Develop reading strategies such as text previewing.
  • Take copious notes.
  • Keep track of homework.
  • Plan how and when to study for tests.