Notes should be organized and complete. If information is incomplete or missing, have your child consult with the teacher and/or another student in the class to review material and ensure that all information is correct.
Schedule ahead of time. Prepare for completion of assignments and tests in advance. If possible, break up the task into shorter sections. This will ensure that you are not working on everything at once leading up to the final due date and/or test.
Make sure that your child is not hungry. If your child hasn’t eaten, not only is their energy level down, but it also decreases their ability to focus on the material.
Encourage short breaks. If your child tries to complete their work/studying in one long seating, they might “burn out” or become overwhelmed with the material/information. During a study session, include several little breaks to rest their eyes and mind.
Review with peers. Research has shown that bouncing information off of other students can be helpful with comprehension and retaining information. Make sure that they are using time appropriately, and not just for socializing.
Avoid using Social Media, computer and/or video games. Set aside a special time to complete these activities. Times that they should be studying aren’t appropriate times for your child to be on Facebook or playing video games. They are distracting and taking attention away from studying and the task at hand.
Using these strategies should help you and your student be more organized in the upcoming year and allow you to have more quality time, rather then cramming (usually leading to yelling) at the last minute!