Not sure what’s the best age to have your child start doing regular homework? We discuss why starting young is important, and why setting up a solid study habits foundation early is curial for their entire academic journey.
1. Set up a study routine.
Setting up a specific amount of time for their studies will help your child get used to the routine studying requires. This will help your child develop healthy study habits. Setting up time each day to study will allow studying to come easily to your child. The younger you start the better. It doesn’t have to be long, especially at the beginning. Stating with 30 minutes should suffice. As they progress at school, you can slowly increase the amount. Each child is also different, so some may need more time to accomplish certain exercises. The important part is getting them used to a routine from a young age.
2. Let your child do their first attempt on their own.
Give your child enough time to try to figure it out on their own first. They may get a bit frustrated but that’s an important part of the process. If they are given the explanation too quickly, it won’t allow them to develop patience and important problem-solving skills. Learning how to develop the ability to try to figure things out before asking for help will not only help them in school, but in life as well.
3. Engage with them and their work.
Having your child also feel supported and listened to is another crucial part of developing healthy study skills. Showing your engagement in their work will not only boost their confidence but also allow them to know how much you value their education. If they know their education is important to you, then they will begin to value it as well. This doesn’t have to be done with anything extravagant. Simply consistently showing an interest in their studies, and that you are there to support them as they progress, is all that they need.
4. Listen to your child’s interests and try to encourage and explore them together.
It may take a little time before you or your child knows where their interests lay. But if you start to notice an inclination, it could help build their confidence and enthusiasm if they know you support them. This doesn’t mean you need to try to narrow down their potential career as soon as possible. Instead, try to encourage their intellectual curiosity. You never know where an interest or subject may lead them. It doesn’t hurt to explore different option and interests, slowly building a map of the different things that stimulate their mind and energy. Who knows, an interest in story telling could lead them to journalism, social psychology or doctoral research. You never know where a passion could take them. The fun is in the exploration and enthusiasm.
That sums up the four important steps to help your child develop their study skills. We hope that these suggestions will be helpful for you and your child. If you have any questions or concerns about anything related to your child’s academic path, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 02030867311 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve also written many other relevant blogs, including How to Inspire You Child to Love Reading or Financial advice for youngsters: help your child learn how to deal with money and finances.