Education, Fathership, Manhood & Brotherhood, Our Youth, Youth Development

How to Encourage Good Study Habits in Your Kids

Good study habits are incredibly valuable for kids. If they learn them early, they will build upon them as they grow older and this focus and discipline will help them in all areas of life. There are things parents can do to help their kids develop and build upon good study habits.

photo by: Tyrone Z. McCants

Keep The Learning Going 12 Months Out of the Year

When you children are on breaks from school, such as during the holidays or summer, keep the learning going. This does not mean full days of learning, but incorporate learning into their days. This could be by watching age-appropriate documentaries on television, reading books or even heading to the zoo to learn about the different animals. The important thing is to keep them engaged in learning.

Be Available During Study Times

When it is time for the kids to study and do homework, sit with them. You can be doing something of your own because the key is just to be readily available should they need a little help. For example, you can kick back and read a book or do a little work while sitting at the table with them.

Create a Study Schedule

Look at their school schedule, your work schedule and any regular activities. From here, create a regular study time. For example, you may find that seven o’clock at night is the best time for this so you will sit down with the kids at this time every night to get some studying done. If you do study time a few hours after school lets out, this gives them time to play and eat before settling down for some study time. This will help because they will not be full of energy and/or hungry. You do not want them exhausted doing their homework, but you do want them to be calm and focused. Keep this schedule up on weekends and breaks too. You can schedule in reading or other activities when no homework or studying is needing to be done.

Gradually Provide More Independence

As your kids get older, you want to give them the right amount of freedom. Once your child is in grade five, it is time to pull back a bit and let them start getting into studying and homework without you having to remind them. If you started young with a regular homework schedule, your kids should not have too much trouble getting into their work without being told. Now, when you first start extending independence, be around, but not on top of them. Just glance every once in a while to make sure that they are plugging along with their work.

Teach the Kids How to Create a To-Do List

As kids get older, they will have more academic responsibilities, such as several tests in a week, papers and regular homework. It is important to create a solid to-do list to make sure that all tasks are done on time and without causing anxiety. They should write down deadlines for assignments and plan out when to study for which test. This can be done on a dry erase board or in a planner that they can carry with them. They key is to designate time each day to each task so that they can finish on time and without having to rush assignments or cram for exams.

Pick a Place to Study

Some people need noise to study while others need complete silence. Your child should figure out how he or she studies best and find a place that offers the environment necessary for focus. Their room is always the best choice because they can control the lighting, noise and other things in this environment. If they share a room with a sibling that studies differently, allow one child to study elsewhere in the house that best fits their style.

About the Author: Samuel Clemens has been writing about study tools and education solutions for nearly a decade. When he’s not writing, you can find Sam reviewing Gradesaver’s college application essays.

About Proud Poppas United

A former Youth Division Aide and Mental Health Therapist with the Office of Children and Family Services turned his reduction-in-force experience into a win-win situation, and many are reaping this harvest. When Tyrone “Zire” McCants, who is also a versatile services photographer and visionary in the Phoenix, AZ, lost his job; he took his youthful interest in photography and his prior knowledge from working in a family-centered position into new ventures. He even figured out a way to coincide his two passions into meaningful opportunities to advance his cause. The layoff he faced freed him up to develop his photography business (Zire Photography & Graphics) and to showcase his skills as a prolific artist. One of those ventures that McCants created was an initiative called Proud Poppas United; which is a community-based group designed to strengthen the bonds between fathers & their children. It aims to encourage a tradition of fatherhood and family, increasing the number of active fathers in our community. When McCants isn’t intellectually cultivating his repertoire of talents, he manages to merge his interest in photography with his desire and passion for fatherhood. Using the Proud Poppas Photo Project, as his flagship initiative, he displays images which celebrate and encourage the pride of being an active father. In many minority and ethnic communities, there is a progressive concern of absentee fathers and the devastating effects of this challenge on our children, our families, and community. He also believes that by displaying these images will help to shed light on and celebrate the gift of fatherhood. He hopes that this movement will also become contagious and bring other men closer to their children and families, and encourage a presence of well-being and development in our children, our families, our communities and our people as a whole. McCants quotes that “My scope is capturing the energy between a father and his children” and that’s what he is creating through his community development initiatives. Through, a first look into the reality concerning “Responsible Fathers” many disturbing statistics and contributing factors related to absent fathers. But, to the credit of McCants, he has been able to overlook the negative stereotypes and prejudices that have perpetuated his community and rise to the occasion. Although, he wears many hats that provide guidance and leadership to the infrastructure of his life’s purpose. To all of the fathers out there with the silent victories of triumph and the principle-centered leadership; who fight depression, financial woes, relationship conflicts, the penal system and the racism of our day; McCants say’s “Thank you” for all that you have been able to get accomplished behind your veil of anonymity. You have just endured the last 13 years of this millennium, and you are still here to tell about it. Although some will say that these last few years have been amazing they are still asleep to the fact that; we (The black community) must work with higher ideals versus dollars and cents. We must look within ourselves and see us as being brave, black, accountable, and reliable. The truth of the matter is that you are embracing fatherhood but at a frequency that may not be understood. I am with you as we will not look at the diluted statistics but at the “transformational leadership” that is displayed by all black fathers and role models everywhere. Don’t give up now as our families are leaning on you in these times of difficulty to represent us to the best of your ability as the “Mighty Men of Valor.” You are the man for the job, and now it’s time to come out of hiding and show the world what real black men look like; and we represent as a tribe of Intellectual builders, teachers, warriors, leaders and Kings. “Fatherhood is not a right; it’s a privilege. Your children are the best part of you. I send my love to this new generation of fathers who have learned from the sins of the past and take a very active role in the lives of our children. ~RAPPER TALIB KWELI, FATHER OF TWO


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