Study Skills For Children

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Study skills for children range from reading and writing techniques to time-management and project-completion lessons. Some children already have the requisite motivation to be successful students but don't yet have the concrete skills needed to match that ambition. Others can cite a litany of study strategies but have no interest in incorporating them into their own education.

What's needed then is a set of study skills strategies that both encourage students to learn and show them how best to do it. One such strategy involves seeing the primary and secondary benefits of studying. It's not enough to tell a child that a given assignment is important; he or she must come to see how that assignment fits into the larger goal of, say, appreciating American or English literature, understanding geometry, or what have you.

How to Teach These Study Skills

One of the most proven ways of teaching contextual learning is to apply it to your own life for your child to see first hand. Take your kids to the bank and show them how adding and subtracting are critical for balancing your checkbook. Why is a balanced checkbook so important? Continue to provide real-life scenarios. For example, if you don't know exactly how much money is in your checking account, you can't buy the groceries that your son or daughter wants for the following day's lunch. In short, make the lessons as relevant as possible.

Another effective way of teaching children study skills is to have them name a profession they would like to pursue, be it fire-fighting, baseball, dancing, or astronomy. Then show them how the skills and knowledge they learn in school directly impact those professions. If you know people who work in one of these fields, it may even be wise to have them show your child first hand how they use things such as outlining and information mapping on a day-to-day basis.


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