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Help kids develop good study habits
Today's objective: Help a child develop good study habits.

With the first two weeks of school behind them, students are getting into a rhythm, and it's time to help them create good study habits for the rest of the school year.

Risley Middle School educators Brian Roberson, business technology teacher, and Alicia Benton, lead special education teacher, have several suggestions for how parents can help children study better.

"One way parents can help their students create good study habits is to help them get rid of study distractions. Students need to leave their cell phones and other electronic devices off and out of sight while they are trying to study," Roberson said.

"Many students struggle with managing interruptions, so eliminating distractions is very important."

Once distractions are removed, parents and children can focus on establishing a daily routine for after-school time, Benton said. There should also be a designated space in the home for a student to work.

The designated space should include an organized calendar. With a parent's busy life and a child's extracurricular activities, tasks or assignments can often be forgotten or pushed aside.

"Parents need to help their students get and stay organized. Keeping an updated list of due dates for assignments and test dates is beneficial," Roberson said.

Benton says parents should encourage their children to read over their notes or class work every day. Even if it's just a short period of time, it will help.

She offers a suggestion for nights when there is a lot of homework:

"Break the homework into smaller segments, giving the child a small break between each assignment," she said. "Children can write vocabulary or spelling words on one side of an index card and the definition on the other side. Then you can play games with the cards."

Making studying fun helps children continue to absorb the information. If they're staring at notes for an hour, not much will be taken in.

As children continue to advance in grade levels and maturity, let them take on more responsibility for their studying, Roberson suggested. Keep an eye on them, but gradually let them make rules for themselves. Taking ownership of education helps create a more involved learner.

* The Homework Project appears Thursday. Contact Sarah Lundgren at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322 to suggest a topic for a column.



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