9 key ways to improve a student’s study habits
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Most people say that study habits are a student’s friend, and not an enemy. Studies show that the difference between successful and unsuccessful students is learning effective study strategies, not methods, and training those habits themselves.
Study habits have varying consequences. Adolescents with high study habits tend to learn more effectively because they work harder than other students, and those with high study habits tend to do better on tests because they work harder to solve problems. But research shows that good study habits can also be the opposite: Because students who study diligently and well avoid distractions, they need less sleep and mealtime distractions, and they have longer attention spans. These can lead to poor school performance and all kinds of problems later in life.
Research into study habits gives an overview of the research:
1. It’s Not About Modes. In one study, 24 students completed two sets of daily assignments, one using multiple research methods and the other using only one. When students completed both sets of assignments, they showed more active learning–active learning means you “take a walk, chew your food, read and draw,” in the words of Don Halsted, one of the authors of the study. In other words, they tried to learn by doing, just like the average person.
2. Adolescents and adolescents are human. Adolescents and adolescents know when they’re not studying well, and their teachers can help them figure it out, along with a plan. For example, ask them: “Do you want to leave this day more prepared to study for your test?” Make it a regular part of the day’s discussion.
3. Meetings are a great way to help students understand complex projects, such as their next test, and learn their exam logistics. Give them a list of questions and strategies at the top of your meeting, then teach them to answer some or all of them.
4. Ask for help. Students often try to solve the complex projects without assistance, but, during a week of coaching, they will have a clear understanding of the challenge and how to study to approach it.
5. Practice, Practice, Practice. Students will become more accomplished over time if they continue to practice, both as students and with the help of parents and teachers. Try to analyze your students’ ideas before you talk about problems or help them. Help them learn critical thinking skills, communication skills, and autonomy skills. In a study, college freshmen in college lived for several months in classrooms for which they had not yet prepared. One group studied in the face of the typical instruction that college professors offered, while the other group practiced making critical research, and they realized that the practice aided their ability to solve problems.
6. Discussing solutions. Better learning is aided when the teacher and student discuss problems and solutions before the test. Ask questions, praise them, and build confidence. If they have a good idea, don’t be afraid to give them an answer, too.
7. Use What Works. Older teenagers and adults often feel “old school” because they haven’t updated their studies. Research shows that the older you are, the more frequently you use good habits. Develop these.
8. Ask for help. A student struggles when she needs help from her teacher. Teach her how to ask for help and how to find it. A student who struggles with study habits may gain confidence if she knows she doesn’t have to learn by herself.
9. Use what works. Write your questions as they are proposed by your teacher in your textbook, and look for an answer that works for your problem. When possible, send it by email or email attachment. Help your student learn about the internet in addition to solving problems, since it’s where she gets answers.
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