|What Makes a Good Student?
There are several ways to prepare your child to become a good student in the future.
Turn off the TV set - Make a house rule, depending on the location of the set, that when it is study time, it is "no TV" time. A television set that is on will draw youngsters like bees to honey.
Designate specific areas for homework and studying - Possibilities include the child's room or the kitchen or dining room table. Eliminate as much distraction as possible.
Consider your child's developmental level when setting time for homework.
Regularity in academic success - While high school students can focus for over an hour, first-graders are unlikely to last more than 15 minutes on a single task. Allow your child to take breaks, perhaps as a reward for finishing a section of the work.
Organize study and homework projects - Get a large calendar, one that allows space for jotting down things in the daily boxes. Rip it apart so that you (and the child) can sequentially mount the school months for the current semester. For example, you can tear off September, October, November, December, and January and mount them from left to right across one wall. Have the child use a bold color writing instrument (felt tip pen) to mark exam dates in one color, reports that are coming due in a different color, et cetera. This will serve as a reminder so that things aren't set aside until the last dangerous moment.
Teach your child that studying is more than just doing homework assignments - One of the most misunderstood aspects of schoolwork is the difference between studying and doing homework assignments. Encourage your child to do things like: take notes as he's reading a chapter, learn to skim material, learn to study tables and charts, learn to summarize what he has read in his own words, learn to make his own flashcards for quick review of dates, formulas, spelling words, et cetera
Note taking is a critical skill and it should be developed - Many students don't know how to take notes in those classes that require them. Some feel they have to write down every word the teacher says. Others have wisely realized the value of an outline form of note-taking. Well prepared teachers present their material in a format that lends itself to outline form note taking.
- Use the local library for reference, research, and quiet time study time.
- Study constantly for your classes and keep up with your assignments.
- Use class time wisely, listen carefully, take notes, speak up, and get involved in class participation.
- Sit in the front of the row, this will help you improve your concentration.
- Talk to your teachers about your progress.
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