Helping My Child Study Effectively

Posted on August 12, 2015 by Matrix Education

Parents can take an active role in helping their child study effectively. Read our top tips on how to help your child achieve academic success!


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1. Create a study-friendly home by providing conditions that encourage concentration, such as an uncluttered study space with good lighting and a comfortable seat. Try to eliminate distractions like the television during study time.
2. Assist with planning – help your child write a study timetable, making sure there is variety and flexibility so they are still able to fulfill other obligations. Their study time should be split into 20 to 50-minute blocks with 10-minute breaks in between, taking advantage of when they study better (morning/afternoon/night). book
3. Encourage your child to work towards specific goals. Have them write out SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) short-term and long-term goals and put these up somewhere prominent to remind themselves of what they are aiming for. SMART1 (1)
4. One of the ways that students effectively understand and retain the information they have learnt is by teaching someone else, so offer your time to learn from them.
5. Stock up on healthy snacks for the home. Some brain foods include whole grains, oily fish, blueberries, tomatoes, nuts, seeds and broccoli. A balanced diet and regular eating routines are beneficial for your child. nuts
6. Sleep is fundamental to memory retention and learning. It is recommended that students get at least 8 hours of sleep each night, so prevent your child from staying up all night, too often.
7. Tell your child to get moving! At least 60 minutes of daily physical activity promotes clarity of thought and the release of endorphins, which will help to improve your child’s moods and reduce stress. run-750465_1280
8. Provide emotional support – if your child is stressed about an upcoming exam or disappointed with their result, reassure them that their feelings are normal, and that it’s not the end of the world. If your child has a positive experience, point out how far they have progressed, share their achievements and celebrate their success!

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