I’ve been back in the office for about 6 months now and I have to say that I still have not adjusted to this way of life. Between loadshedding, the traffic and just life in general, it becomes overwhelming. One of the areas I feel that I am really slacking is definitely when it comes to ensuring that my kids are keeping up at school. I have a daughter in highschool, a son in Grade 6 and then my youngest is in Grade 2.
Currently all my kiddos are busy with assessments and term tests, so it’s a busy time when we factor all of life’s daily tasks. I thought I’d round up some study tips for us busy moms (with minimal spare hours available) who are trying to help our kids thrive and build their confidence when it comes to their academics.
1. Draw up a timetable/schedule
It’s very important for you child to factor in and give input into the planning of their time, so drawing up a schedule is very important. Let them create the starting point for the time they want to start homework, how much study time they need based on the subject being written, etc. We as parents can obviously say: Jimmy, 7 minutes for History is not really sufficient my child. 🙂 I find that kids are usually a bit over ambitious, and in that case you can help them set a more realistic time. If they feel the need to spend more or less time, you tweak the schedule as you go.
2. Identify their weaker subjects
Some kids shine in languages, others with numbers, others with a lot of theory….each kids has their strengths and weaknesses. Make sure they spend a bit of additional time on the subjects they battle with. I usually try to find YouTube videos in the area they are battling with and I send that to them to watch. I find that YouTube videos can be fun and more condensed versus making your child try to understand what a textbook is saying.
3. Check in
One needs to benchmark to get an indication of what is working and what isn’t. Make sure you’re checking in with your child to see if they feel they’re improving, make sure you ask about progress on class quizzes and when you sign those tests, make sure to look through it to see where your child may be battling.
4. Help them find their unique study method
I find that kids are really only developing their own study technique once they hit Grade 6. For me that seems to be a starting point on how they make their notes, the style/format they use for those notes, the pens, colours, etc. My son is happy to make all his notes in pencil. My daughter wants pastel highlighters, rainbows, an assortment of pens, books and post it’s. One thing that is key though, is that I believe writing, making notes…that repetition is key to helping them memorise their work. However this is a skill kids need to learn and we definitely need to give input and guidance here.
Despite all these study tips, planning and interventions, there may still be additional resources required… I find especially with my working hours, I battle to focus on following up and checking in some nights when I get home, because there’s just too much to do. That is where Teach Me 2 can help you…me….our kids 😉
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