Have you ever seen your kid binge on excessive amounts of caffeine just to stay up at night? Have you seen them stress over the littlest things without moments of relaxation?
Between the demanding academic requirements and socializing with friends, oftentimes, your kid’s health is being compromised. With this, try to help your child lead a well-balanced lifestyle by helping them follow healthy study habits as early as possible. Here are some surefire ways to change your kid’s study habits for the better:
Time is of the essence when it comes to studying. You should teach your kids that time management can make the hardest tasks seem light. Most stressful moments are a result of nights of cramming caused by poor time management.
2. Learn to relax
Focus is important but so is relaxation. The mind can only do so much, so it’s a must to give it time to rest. Pressuring your kids to do well won’t do them any good. Take them out to dinner, let them watch a movie, and allow them to hang out with friends. These activities are just as important as getting high scores on tests.
3. Don’t forget to sleep
Sleep is just as important as eating when studying. Much concentration can be lost if this is disregarded. Sleep is proven to aid in having better recall. Comprehension skills, and analytical skills are used at its optimal level when people are able to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep on the regular. Taking this for granted could mean long-term harmful effects such as lack of concentration, memory loss and weaker mind and body coordination.
4. Get enough nutrition by eating the right food
Eating healthy is important to maintain a healthy mind and body. The body needs good fuel in the form of good food. Prepare healthy snacks for study sessions, and baon like apples for an all-nighter or chamomile tea for a day of reading.
5. Be goal-oriented
Responsibilities can be completed much faster when your kids have a clear goal in mind. It’s good practice to teach your children the concept of delayed gratification when it comes to work. Know your priorities and work hard to accomplish each one.
6. Build effective study routines
Train your kids to create effective study routines. Teach them how to do proper note taking, timetable building, and topic outlining. It would also be a good idea to teach kids how to be better listeners by engaging with them more. Organization is also a skill that must be instilled in them. In building effective routines, reading must also be made a habit.
7. Be positive
A great habit, which is sometimes overlooked, is the habit of keeping a positive perspective. Conditioning the mind to always look on the bright side is essential in going forward to accomplish all responsibilities. As parents, it’s important to give emotional support to kids.
8. It’s okay to ask for help
It’s good to remind kids that you are always one call away. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. Rather, it is a testament to maturity and wisdom. Make your presence felt to make them feel you are always by their side. This encouragement will help your kids go the extra mile.
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Markman, Art. “How Sleep Enhances Studying”. http://psychologytoday.com. November 7, 2016.