8 Effective Study Habits & Organizational Skills to Combat Spring Fever!
Organize by ClassAt the beginning of each school year, teachers devote entire days to helping your kids get organized and develop good study habits. Unfortunately, by spring, those organizational skills are likely to have faded as much as the jeans you bought her in September. Dig out those class-by-class folders and help her regroup for a fresh start.
Restock the SuppliesThere's a good chance your kid's writing with pencil nubs by this time of year, so hit up the dollar store for some new supplies. Five bucks will buy him enough pencils, pens, paper and erasers to get through the rest of the year without resorting to doing math homework in crayon.
Set a ScheduleGood study habits need a schedule. And even if you haven't been doing it all year, implementing a study routine now can help keep your kid on track. Make a plan with your kid to study at a specific time every day. The predictability of the routine can help offset some grumbling and create a good habit. And posting the schedule in a prominent place gets you off the hook as the daily homework nag, too!
Enlist Some AssistanceIf you're not comfortable helping with your kid's homework, call on an expert to lend a hand. Kumon Math & Reading Centers offer after-school enrichment programs to help your kid succeed in math and reading, no matter what level she's at!
Give Them a BreakBe sure to include breaks in your kid's daily study schedule—especially directly between school and study time. Thirty to 40 minutes of downtime after school can do wonders to improve your kid's study habits and attitude toward homework.
Create a CalendarKeeping schoolwork organized is sometimes as simple as keeping your kid's brain organized. Help your kid plan for upcoming projects and homework assignments by organizing everything on a calendar posted above her desk. The bonus? Your kid gets a visual reminder of her ultimate goal—the number of days until summer break!
Help With the HabitGet in the homework trenches with your kid on a regular basis to help enforce good study habits and to show him you're proud of his homework efforts. Just sitting down and reading through a term paper or helping with a science project can go a long way to reinforcing good study habits and letting your kid know he's got tons of support.