4 Things You Are Doing Wrong During Your Kid's Study Sessions
No matter how hard-working you were when you were a student, the apple can end up falling quite far from the tree when it comes to the new generation of kids. These days, attention spans are shorter than ever, which certainly doesn’t help when it comes to sitting down for a solid study session after school or over the weekend.
Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a list of the four most common ways parents might be hindering their child’s study sessions and what can be done to remedy each of them. Follow each of these, and your child will be more focused than a neurosurgeon performing a craniectomy!
1. Not Teaching Them How to Plan and Prioritise
When your child has a to-do pile that only seems to be increasing instead of decreasing, it can all be quite overwhelming; so much that they don’t even attempt to clear the pile slowly as it feels too much. One of the first things to ensure a focused study session is to teach your child the right way to tackle a seemingly endless amount of homework.
First things first, organise the homework subjects to revise in order of importance and due date. Work together with them to fill up a planner that spreads out the work and help them see that the situation is a lot better than what it initially seemed and that it is possible to get everything done in time. Show them how to do it before letting them attempt to do up the planner by themselves.
In addition to this, encourage them to try “chunking”, which essentially means breaking down larger tasks into smaller, more achievable-looking and manageable tasks. The little “pieces” of one big assignment can be spread out across a few days.
2. Not Providing Them With a Conducive Environment
Suppose your kid is sitting at the dining table trying to finish their homework while you’re talking with your spouse or a visitor, or you’re preparing dinner with the television on - either ways. In that case, there is simply too much background noise and distraction for your child. How is your child going to complete their homework fast in such a non-conducive environment?
Instead of allowing your child to study at the dining table, provide them with a dedicated area in their room or, if that’s not possible, somewhere else in your home with minimal noise. The right desk can transform any space into a work-centric environment, provided you’ve also reduced the level of distractions as much as possible too.
3. Overwhelming Them with Extracurricular Activities
Most Singaporean parents would probably be a little guilty of this, enrolling children in so many different extracurricular activities that they’re completely overwhelmed by everything and have almost zero downtime to get any of the homework done as a result.
Instead of going trigger-happy with enrolling your kids in multiple extracurricular classes or activities, have a chat with your child, find out their top 2 favourite activities, and do away with the rest. Ensure your child to add their scheduled timeslot for the activity to the planner you both created to lay out how the week looks. This will be good practice to ensure that there’s ample time to get the homework tasks finished.
We understand that there might be one or two extracurricular activities you deem to be essential for their developmental growth. Still, you should also consider how detrimental it might be to their academic development if they’re consistently unable to submit assignments within the time provided as a direct result of these activities.
4. Not Providing Them with The Right Tools
Your child’s study chair is too high for the desk he/she is using, which leads to them having to slump over their study desk the whole time, and you wonder why they are always slouching. If you were never told, other than developing poor posture, having the wrong study chair or table can also affect your kid’s breathing. This is why ergonomic study chairs are highly recommended for young children as their spine is still developing, and these specially designed chairs will be able to grow with them.
On top of having the right chair, we also have to ensure that our kids are working under the correct lighting, and they do not have to strain their eyes while reading their notes. Spending time to get them the right study lamp means their eyes are adequately protected from harmful light and can stay comfortable and focused for a longer time.
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