Create a Study Routine and Set Expectations
1. Establish a comfortable study area.
- It is very important to set up your computer and chair in a way that won't harm your hands, wrists, and neck.
- Stock your study space with all the tools you’ll need, like pens, pencils, paper, dictionaries, a thesaurus, and math tools. If everything is in one place, you won’t waste time searching for an item when it is needed.
- Televisions should be turned off as they cause distractions. Loud music and other noises should be avoided as well.
- Some students find it helpful to listen to quiet music in the background. Instrumental music works best. If student finds that they are singing or following along with music, that is a distraction and should be eliminated.
2. Establish study rules.
- Avoid unnecessary arguments and misunderstandings by establishing when and how your student will study.
- Provide student with a daily planner and enforce its use. Help students become proficient with time management. See Tips for Using a Planner for more information.
- Set reasonable expectations for work completion (For example, I expect to see that assignments A, B and C are complete by noon). Schedule routine breaks and healthy snacks.
- A ten minute break every two hours will actually help students get more done. During a break, get up and move. Sitting in front of the television does not provide the body and brain with the movement it needs. Go for a quick walk, stretch, etc.
- Provide students with an electronic timer and make sure they know how to use it. Students set the timer for a specified work time and take a short break when the timer goes off.
3. Determine what student should do if they need help.
- Students should call or email the teacher and/or go in to the classroom for additional help.
- Use online resources for help. Select our online resources tab for a list of helpful sites.
4. Check homework for accuracy, completion and legibility.
- Look at the planner, assignment sheet to see what should be finished.
5. Quiz students to check for understanding
- -On important details, big ideas, vocabulary words, etc in preparation for upcoming exams.
6. Let the school know if your student is struggling.
- We want to help!! Talk to the teacher, counselor and/or principal
7. Make sure students get plenty of sleep.
- Lack of sleep can cause difficulties with concentration, memory, aptitude for learning, attitude, and feelings of wellbeing. Teens need 9.5 hours of sleep each night for optimum performance.