Minute by Minute Strategies to Build Good Study Habits

As the school year wraps up, final exams loom for many students. And parents looking to build good study habits in their children may be dreading the effort to get them to study. For many students, studying means filling in a review sheet or rereading a chapter, but that may not be the best way to study for kids who need to interact with materials in order to master it. Edutopia has a blog post on how to structure study time for adolescents and strategies to get them to study.

Structuring Study Time

For parents, getting a child to sit down and study is often the most difficult part of the process. Edutopia recommends setting a session-minute goal of one minute per grade level done twice a day. So a sixth-grader would do two six-minute study sessions, while a tenth-grader would do two ten-minute sessions. It may not seem like much, but those two six-minute sessions done over five days add up to an hour of studying, and because the time is short, your student is less likely to be slumped back in their chair and more likely to be actively reviewing materials. Other tips include:

  • Determine when the tests will happen.
  • Work with your child to figure out how much study time they need for each test.
  • Determine what study materials they already have.

Study Strategies

Once you’ve set up study time with your child, you both need to figure out what strategies for studying will work best for them. Not every child retains information best by reading it or by asking and answering questions. Edutopia provides 11 other ways to study:

  1. Flashcards
  2. Categorizing
  3. Word Combining
  4. Song Lyrics
  5. Picture Notes
  6. Talk-Through
  7. Picture Walk
  8. Mnemonic Devices
  9. Oral Visualization
  10. Perspective Talk
  11. Superhero Letter

Check out the full article at Edutopia and download the study strategies sheet to help your child prepare for their exams and build good study habits.