Studying Techniques for Children

by Emma W.R. on September 9, 2015

STUDYING

There are experts out there who make a good living studying these things, but when the question of what are good studying techniques for children comes up, I defer to my own experience as a parent and my own study habits way back when to understand what does and does not work for today’s kids.

First of all, I believe that the child should not have any distractions during study time. That means no food, no television, no iPods, and no video games going on. A computer?—yes, if its use is for the learning process—absolutely. The main thing about studying is to focus and to have the enthusiasm to want to learn the subject matter. If the child cannot keep his or her mind on what is to be accomplished, it will be much harder to retain the information, no matter what “technique” is used.

Speaking of techniques, I’m sure there is no one particular correct way to study. However, I would think that repetition will give a child the best opportunity; read over the subject matter one time, then concentrate on each individual section, one at a time, until finished. Then read it over again. Taking notes as this process occurs will reinforce what is being studied. Then read over the notes. Taking a break will refresh a mind that may become weary. And then go back and re-read what has been put down on paper. If there is someone in the home to help out, that person should be willing to go over everything with the student to see if anything needs to be reviewed again to ensure that the information will stick in the child’s brain.

Most importantly, it’s all about attitude. If there is a desire to learn, the whole process will be easier for all involved. If not, then the process may be somewhat more difficult. But good habits and a good frame of mind will go a long way toward helping a young person excel at school.

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Priscilla January 29, 2018 at 1:40 pm

I know everyone is different. I personally need a quiet environment where I can concentrate. I am also very visual so I have to take notes and write out the information. Finally, reading it over and even saying it out loud helps me remember everything. I’ve learned that a great way to study is to record myself reading my notes out loud and playing it back again!

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Annie November 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

Every being is different, what works for one may not work for another.

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Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I’m in agreement with Jasmine, everyone is different. I like music on when I have to focus.

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Janine October 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm

It’s all about finding time management and trial and error. You have to help your kid learn from an early age how to balance out their schedules and manage their workload. It’s better to get them comfortable with a routine early on than try to teach it to them once they’ve already gotten into a procrastination habit. Also work with them to help them figure out which studying techniques work best for them, trial and error. As previous commenters have stated, everyone learns and studies differently: music vs. no music, mnemonics, cramming vs. studying over time, etc. So try a different technique every month or two and see what helps your kids the most.

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Joanne October 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

Yes repetition, repetition, repetition! I like to hang up equations or definitions or anything you need to memorize in common places like the bathroom, refrigerator, bedroom, etc.; having those things in front of your face and making them a part of your daily routine inevitably gets them into your brain!

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Tone O October 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm

These are great skills and tips, but I like to use the Repeat Tactical. No matter what you are trying to learn or even mesmerize, you can always catch it if you repeat it constantly.

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David O October 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Studying habits do differ between each person however the overall note of keeping focus is something I completely agree with. It may be hard to do everything at once so taking breaks can help. I know I did that and it definitely helped me clear my mind a little so when I came back I caught mistakes in my work that I otherwise might’ve missed.

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steffon October 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

When I was in school I would study the night before because it helped me retain the information. It helped because I graduated with a 3.5 GPA. Everyone studies differently. Now that I have kids my son has to do spelling words every Friday. So what I do is have him study that Tuesday the first half of the spelling words and than we go through them than Wednesday the other half and on Thursday we do a full review. It helps him because its not a lot of information and trying to study from Monday to Thursday is a lot and with doing other homework its not a guarantee that he will remember the words. He is only 7 yrs old so I try not to burden him with so much.

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Louise September 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

Very useful tips now that my kids are back in school. It is always hard getting back into the swing of things after summer.

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Carol Dischuck September 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm

My daughter is told in her math class, that using a calculator is OK (actually preferred in some cases). When I am helping her with her homework, calculators are not used until the problem has been done on paper. Kids have to understand how the problem is solved…not just get the right answer. She complains of course, but I will have it no other way.

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Jasmine September 17, 2015 at 9:45 am

I agree with the commenters who stated that each person studies in a very different way. I know that when I was in school, I personally HAD to study with my music, or I couldn’t concentrate. It seems counter productive, but I guess without my music things felt too quiet and my mind wandered too much. The music kept me grounded and focused on what I had to do. So while these are good ideas, it is definitely important to keep in mind that your mileage may vary, and you may have to do much experimentation before you find what works well for your child.

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Mary Beth September 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Good reading habits are the best way to learn any thing. Reading is the foundation, that if developed strongly will spell success in every endeavor.

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Michelle W September 15, 2015 at 10:26 am

You definitely have to find what works for each individual. We tried having our oldest do his homework and studying right after school, but he fought us tooth and nail. Instead of pushing, we let him leave it for after dinner and it made a world of difference. His brother, however, likes to get it out of the way as soon as he’s home. He takes over the dining room table while our daughter prefers to curl up on the couch surrounded by her books. They all get great grades, so there’s something to be said for helping each one find what works for them.

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Ruth September 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

I agree with most of your info, however what works for one child does not necessarily work for another. Since I studied by myself I always had the radio playing, this way I didn’t feel that I was alone.

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Margaret September 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

Having a clear, uncluttered space to work is very important in helping a child (or an adult for that matter) focus.

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