“Sit down and study”, “Have you done your homework?”, “What did you study today?”, etc. Said these kinds of familiar phrases you said to your child?
Well, one of the most important concerns of parents today is getting their child to study on time that too effectively and do their homework. Plus parents want their child to score good grades.
But how can you make your child study? Let’s check out some points below.
Increase Concentration and Focus
To make your child study, you must help them focus and concentrate. If their mind keeps on wandering, then there is no point in asking them to study. Children should learn more by playing. It’s a good idea to try to make their activities a little more fun. Allow children to play with activities that improve attention and concentration, such as an Xplorabox activity kit. Xplorabox helps to increase concentration and boost several other skills that are necessary.
Role and Responsibility
Most parents usually want the homework complete so that no complaints come in. And some parents land up doing their child’s homework. But you must understand that it’s your child’s homework, and they are responsible for completing it. Your role is to enable them to do it. Doing homework helps them learn. And if you do their homework, then you will remember what they must learn. Which is not why they get homework in the first place. They must know how to take responsibility for their own work.
Regularity and Routine
Whether your child has homework or not, they must have a fixed time every day that is ‘Study Time’. Instead of forcing your child to sit and finish studying and do all the homework at once, engage them for 30-minute to 45-minute duration and add a 15-minute break after that. Having a fixed time table for each day works really well. Whatever it may be, have a consistent time and routine. Having a schedule helps the mind to work according to the clock. In the long run, one learns how to manage time.
Praise rather than Reward
Praising is motivation. When you praise your child, they get satisfied mentally and know that they have done good and can go on to do better. They learn well and study hard. But the moment you reward your child, your child does the homework or studies for namesake in order to get the reward. This becomes a habit, and your child happens to learn little or nothing. Rewards should be kept for bigger goals. Like, if your child works hard enough to score better than what they did last time, they should be rewarded.
Power of Consequence
If your child follows their time table for one or two days, and then they stop, they should be able to understand that there will be a consequence for it. Give them a choice. Don’t just force them to do anything specific. They should learn how to make the correct choice. For example, if they do not follow their time table, the consequence of skipping it will lead to skipping TV time or playtime. This way they learn to appreciate that there is a consequence of their actions.
Encourage them to Ask Questions
If something is not clear, we ask a question. Similarly, encourage your child to ask questions when something is not clear to them. They are at a stage of curiosity, and they are keen on knowing more. Therefore, you need to answer them. If you do not know an answer to a question they asked you, ask them for some time, and get back with an answer within the time period you asked for.
Make it a habit of reading to them every day, or even better if they read to you every day. They can be stories from storybooks or their textbooks. Reading aloud helps one to hear what they say. Most of the time, our minds store information received by audios. Ask your child to read to you as if you are his/her student and they are your teacher.
Your child may not be able to grasp things all at once. And that is okay. Learning takes time. Give them tips to remember things by creating jingles, making little notes, learn spellings by breaking the words, or ask them to teach you when they do their homework. When they make mistakes, correct them. If you feel that they start deviating, give them a five to ten-minute break. If they look sleepy, give them a power nap of 20 minutes. Having patience with them is the way to make things work out.
The above-mentioned points will surely get your child to have an interest in studies. But “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”! Therefore, give them some free time, playtime, a little hard work, being playful, asking questions here and there, etc. They will start enjoying and probably ask you to sit down and give you a surprise quiz.