Solid study skills are crucial for developing children, even though studying in their early years may not be as important as it will become in the future. However, with this in mind, it’s always essential to consider that each child has a unique way of dealing with work. You can encourage a child to develop their own types of study skills by actively participating in the process, and encouraging them to strive for better grades no matter how old they are.
Benefits of Establishing Study Skills Early
As a parent, strive to establish these study skills while your child is still very young. With repetition and time, they will eventually take on the necessary skills you’re trying to instill. For example, a first-grade math test may not seem like a big deal to you or your child, but by sitting with them (just like you would over homework), you’ll be able to walk them through how to approach a subject with confidence and ease. Confidence is a major part of any young child’s development of good study skills. When children are unsure of themselves while they are working, they may be more than likely to discard the study habits you’ve been working toward developing with them.
Communicate with Educators
Talking with teachers and getting a good sense for how your child behaves in class (i.e., how they approach their work and how enthusiastic they are about the content covered) is also a very necessary step any parent can take. To get a good feel for how you should approach studying at home, talk to teachers about how the content is being taught in school. If your child is struggling in math or English, for example, ask those teachers for suggestions on additional study material. You can make the material fun and enjoyable by creating something your child will actually like, including interactive work or work that allows them to employ their creativity while still absorbing the content.