Good Study Habits

Good Study Habits: Making Change

good study habitsIf you’ve followed the advice from my previous post, you’ve broken the habit of paying for good grades. But oddly enough, your child still isn’t jumping for joy to study her geography lesson. Fortunately, we have a variety of other strategies at our disposal to help your kids stick to good study habits without relying on rewards.

Identify and remove the distractions.
What things are stealing your children’s attention away from their homework? By removing the commonplace distractions – especially the Internet, cell phone, iPod, and TV – your student can truly concentrate on the task at hand. Fewer distractions means higher quality work and less time spent doing it!

Use a When-Then Routine.
Things run smoothly when homework becomes a part of the daily schedule. Structuring the routine into a “When – Then” format allows homework to be completed before the distractions come back into the picture, or before your child pursues other activities he enjoys. You can present the schedule as “When you’ve finished your homework, then you can use the phone.” or “When you’ve practiced your spelling words, then you can play outside.” Give your child some input into the daily “then” activity, and then stick to the routine every day.

Be constructive.

pencil and test

Reviewing your children’s homework with them is a great way to acknowledge their hard work, while keeping an eye out for any difficulties they may have with it. If you choose to do this, be sure to keep the focus on the effort put into the work, not just the mistakes she may have made. Use this time to turn a wrong answer into a learning opportunity!

Stay resolved.
These techniques are designed to improve your kids’ study habits – but even the best ideas can’t guarantee that they will love doing their homework. When the whining starts, you can empathize so they know you’re on their team: “I get it! It’s no fun to stay inside doing homework on such a nice day!” If the whining won’t let up – tune it out. Ignore the fussing and complaining about homework. Complaints will happen, and responding to them will only encourage your kids to keep them coming.

By fostering internal motivation through encouragement and connecting effort to results, we can help our children approach homework more positively. When you help create an environment to support good study habits, your kids can learn a new way of approaching homework – one that puts the focus on the books instead of the piggy bank!

About the Author

Amy McCready
Nationally recognized parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the best selling author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic - A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World and If I Have to Tell You One More Time…The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling. As a “recovering yeller” and a Certified Positive Discipline Instructor, Amy is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy is a TODAY Show contributor and has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, Rachael Ray, Steve Harvey & others. In her most important role, she is the proud mom of two amazing young men.