The transition from high school academics to college level materials can leave prospective students feeling overwhelmed. To combat this issue before sending your student off to the next level, begin developing healthy study habits as soon as possible. With a little extra training, you can help your student feel confident and prepared for their first-year. Here’s how you can get started!
How to Improve Study Habits in 4 Easy Steps
Step 1: Eliminate Distractions
While technology is an encouraged method for conducting research and executing projects, it can also create distractions and temptations; especially if your student likes to spend time on social media or play online games. In order to create a distract-free environment, eliminate the use of cell phones and social media while your student is studying. That being said, while it’s encouraged to schedule time out of school to dedicate to homework and studying, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance between your student’s studies and having fun.
Here are a couple of tips you can share with your student today to stay focused:
- Set up an after-school schedule
- Reward yourself – once you have successfully completed all necessary assignments, watch a movie of your choice with a parent or friend
- Study in a quiet place
Step 2: Always Prioritize
There are only so many hours in each day and so much time that your student can apply themselves effectively until the quality of work starts to decline. In order for your student to stay productive and in high-spirits, assist your student with prioritizing their work-load, starting with the most difficult tasks and materials first. While it may seem like an easier route to take on the smaller tasks first, taking on the more challenging tasks earlier in the study session will feel like an easier feat while the mind is fresh. Taking the time to form study habits like this early in your student’s academic career will ensure that your student is set up for long-term success.
Step 3: Take Thorough Notes and Engage in Discussions
One of the best ways to stay engaged in a lecture is by taking notes and participating in discussions. Not only does this ensure that your student is involved and paying attention, but it will also form effective study habits and develop a comfort level for speaking in public. If the teacher allows it, encourage your student to record every lecture, that way if your student does happen to miss something important they can go back and listen and prepare for an assignment, mid-term or final exam.
Step 4: Promote Healthy Habits
We touched briefly on maintaing a healthy balance between working and enjoying other activities, but it’s also essential for students to get plenty of exercise and sleep to improve brain function and energy levels. There’s no denying that the college lifestyle and course materials will take some getting used to, but with the right habits and a productive outlet, like exercise or another extracurricular can help students reduce stress and stay focused.
The transition from high school to college level academics can feel intimidating, but with the right habits in place, both you and your student will feel more confident and prepared.