How to Make Your Child Study Effectively

how to make your child study effectivelyA) 12 tips to increase your child’s memory

B) 12 mind blowing ways to make your child finish their homework

C) 12 ways to encourage good reading habits in kids

D) 12 Activities and Games to Improve Concentration in kids.

E) 12 everyday activities to improve your child’s math skills

A) 12 tips to increase your child’s memory

Here are some quick and fun tips to make increase memory retention for kids.

  1. Encourage visualisation

Encourage them to picture what they are learning. Initially, you can ask them to draw what they have visualized. You’ll find that they are able to describe what they have drawn effortlessly.

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Make them prepare notes if the children are big enough. Insist them to jot down the points they think is relevant and also make them use highlighters and sticky notes when required.

This helps in long-term memory.

  1. Break information into small bits

Breaking a huge chunk of information will make them feel less burdened. Moreover, it is easier to remember different tiny groups of information, instead of a vast ocean of information.

  1. Use multisensory strategies ( To make use of all senses )

Instead of using just reading, writing and listening methods, try employing activities that enable your child to use all sensory organs.For instance, if you have to teach your kid what a mango is, show them a real mango and make them touch and smell it instead of showing just a picture. When a child uses multiple sensory organs it will be easier to remember it in the future.

  1. Help them to make connections

Help your child to make relations to different information bits he is trying to recollect. Forming a connection helps them with forming and retrieving long term memory. Take the example of VIBGYOR which helps to remember the different colors of a rainbow in order.

  1. Engage in card games and fun activities related to curriculum

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Apart from playing UNO with your kids which helps in memory formation, try making flash cards that contain curriculum related stuff and make your own game to play with your child.

  1. Grab attention

Grabbing attention by arousing curiosity is a good way to open up the brain’s sensory intake filter. Drop hints related to what your child is going to study next. As a result, when this topic comes up it will grab the child’s attention.

  1. Make use of patterns with the help of flow charts, mind maps, etc.

Categorising information in the form of flowcharts and mind maps will help in simplifying some complex paragraphs. Moreover, this creates a pattern that helps distinguish between new and old information, thereby forming a link which aids in long term storage.

  1. Use colour coding

Using colour increases grasping to some extent. Using coloured pens to highlight different points in order of relevance, using outlines of different colours for mind maps and flowcharts are different ways to employ colour in your child’s curriculum.

  1. Engage in information recollection

Find out different ways to help your child recollect what they have learnt. It is similar to exercising a muscle, that is when the same information is recalled often this repeated action makes memory stronger. For example, your child does not find any difficulty in remembering his name, here recollection is the key.

  1. Make them teach you

Try to make your child teach you what they have learnt. The benefit is it helps them make sense of what they have learnt . It also helps them to mentally file the information as well.

  1. Make it personally relevant

Instead of making it look like it is something external or what they learn is limited to their teachers and school, make your child think it is personally relevant to him. You can explain with stories that highlight the importance of a particular subject matter. They must feel it is personally important enough for the brain to store it as a memory.

  B) 12 ways to make your child finish their homework

2)Let homework be your child’s responsibility

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This is one best way to teach your child what responsibility is. Make them feel in charge of it, instead of making it look like it is yours. It will be nice to give them a slight idea of where their parents work and the importance of studies once they grow up. Try connecting homework to this concept, they are most likely to take responsibility then.

  1. Sticking to Regularity & Routine — Makes Doing Homework A Habit

You would have most probably heard of the 21 days routine to make something a habit. Similarly, try to create a regular routine for your child and make sure your child sticks to it. This will make it a habit more than a burden because it will be instilled in the minds of your kid that it is time to finish the homework. Moreover, this eliminates the habit of procrastination, we all know how dangerous it is.

  1. Praise your child — rather than Reward

Praising them for their work will give them enough motivation to strive for better. However, giving them extrinsic rewards like chocolates or other material things will make them dependent on such rewards. They might refuse to do their homework on occasions where you are not able to provide them rewards.

  1. Make your child understand the consequence of not doing homework

Just like how your child feels praised for doing the work on time, they should be made to understand the consequences of not doing their work on time as well. Cut off their screen time or game time for that day or weekend if they fail to do their homework. On any such instance implement it, and they will think twice next time about skipping their homework the next time.

  1. Patience is key for parents to help kids do homework

We all know it is an excruciating task to make a child do their homework, especially if they are least interested.  However, never take it all on the child. Do not show that it is something that tires you or you are skipping other chores just to sit with them.

  1. Make Homework and Studies Fun for Your Child

Once they reach home, instead of looking nervous and anxious regarding their studies and homework, ask them how their day went by and the activities they performed that day. Even though the importance of homework should be mentioned, do not stress over it. It can, however, be made more enjoyable by gifting them a new study table of their favourite colour, a new calculator, some fancy pens, etc. Think of setting some fun tasks or games which involve completing their homework.  This way homework will not be considered a chore.

  1. Intervene Without Taking Control

Instead of alienating completely, get involved with them when they do their work. However, make sure you do not direct or control what is happening there. Make them feel it is theirs and they are involving you into their plans and actions. Giving kids this kind of autonomy will boost their self-esteem and make them feel responsible.

  1. Ignore Poor Behaviour Rather than giving Attention to it.

If you find any unfavourable behaviour that you would like to change you can point it out once but don’t constantly remind your child or something like that. Such behaviours could be unintentional as well, and paying too much attention might make them feel less worthy. Instead, highlight the good things you are proud of and the will strive to eliminate any unwanted behaviour.

  1. Do your own “homework” at the same time your kids do theirs.

Doing something like this will help the kids value their work more. We know children copy adults hence doing your work when they are doing theirs will make them feel it is something even big people do. As a child we all tried to do what adults did just to feel big, remember. Try sitting down with a calculator and balance your chequebook if they are working on math. Grab a newspaper or any magazine if they are reading something.

  1. Find a new name for homework

The name itself sounds tedious. Imagine your kid having to hear it all day such as “it is time for your homework”, “ take out your homework book”, “where is your homework table”, etc. Instead try replacing ‘homework’ with reading exercise, math activity, activity table, etc. These words might remove the image of burden the word homework holds and half your work is done. Haven’t you heard, well begun is half done and it is true here as well.

  1. Believe In Your Child

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Believe that your little one is capable of doing what you are doubtful of. Show them that you do so. This will make them feel grateful and they will go to any lengths to not let you down. All it takes is some time and patience.

  1. Distinguish between what is easy and difficult

This is not to undermine the child’s capability, but having a clear understanding of what the child finds easy and what is not will give you an idea of the capabilities. Use this for their improvement. For example, if your child finds math hard but other subjects easy, then try to schedule the time in a way where more time can be devoted to math and consequently less for other subjects.

 C)12 ways to encourage good reading habits in kids 

  1. Create a reading area

Create a fun reading area for your kids where they would like to be around as well as it imparts a calm atmosphere. This place should be devoid of all distractions especially electric gadgets.

  1. Establish a reading routine

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Establishing a reading routine for kids will help in the long run. It is easy to set patterns and make them follow one. Over a period of time, it will be something that they would be looking forward to.

  1. Let them know it is something inevitable

Reading does not mean ‘books’ only. Make them look around, show them hoardings,  posters, magazines, advertisement punch lines, etc. Let them know that reading is something inevitable and present everywhere. They are most likely to pay attention to such details at a tender age.

  1. Show it to them how it is done

Show your kids how reading is done by setting an example yourself. Show that it is something you value by reading newspaper in front of them everyday morning.  Try keeping an hour aside once every weekend and read something while they are doing so.

  1. Expose them to different genres

Children like adventures along with fairy tales. Hence it is the duty of the parents to expose your children to various genres available for them. Try choosing genres that are appropriate for their age. Do not limit to fiction, introduce them to biographies and other factual books as well.

  1. Let them read each night

Make them read each night before they go to sleep. Instilling such a habit will make them associate reading to relaxation instead of it being limited to four walls in a classroom.

  1. Do not force

There are some books which you might feel would do wonders for your child. However, do not force any particular book on them. Instead, provide them with an array of choices and let them pick what they like. It should be a choice, not a chore.

  1. Introduce them to a ‘ to-read checklist’

Design fun and quirky ‘to read checklist’ and tick away as they finish a reading material. It will be fun if you also engage in such a task for yourself and show it to them. This will motivate them further.

  1. Familiarise them with the library

Take them to the nearby library and let them explore.  Let it be a place they like to be around. This helps in familiarising them with various books, authors and genres which could help them strike a bond with books.

  1. Share your experience

Talk to them about the books you have read, your favorite author and boo, etc. Ask them theirs as well. They might feel reading is another way to spend time with you.

  1. Introduce humor and comics

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Make it light-hearted as well. Let reading not be confined to boring or deep contents. Introduce them to comics and other reading material containing humor. Reading will immediately take the place of leisure in them.

  1. Host a reading party

Kids love parties, so why not host a reading party. Here kids can come up with explaining what they have read and the party could be themed according to their favorite characters. They can dress up in their favorite characters as well. Since books only describe them and it is perceived in different ways, it will be fun to watch how kids would have interpreted these characters.

D) 12 Activities and Games To Improve Concentration in kids.

  1. Picture Puzzle

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A picture puzzle is a good way to develop concentration and focus in kids.

Give them puzzle pieces and ask them to complete the picture. This will keep them engaged for a long time, thereby improving concentration power.

  1. Word Puzzle

Give them puzzle pieces containing a combination of words they know and words that are new to them. This will help them recollect the words they already know at the same time they will learn new words. This game improves their concentration power, vocabulary, and spelling.

  1. Tongue twisters

Tongue twisters if played correctly can ensure good pronunciation, improved memory by hearing at the same time concentration. Write the tongue twister on a board or a piece of paper. Make them read it out slow, but loud initially. Next, tell them to increase their pace and continue to do so. It will be a fun and engaging activity.

  1. Missing numbers

This is a great way to increase concentration and numerical ability.  You and your child can take turns in calling out numbers sequentially and deliberately skipping one number in between. Ask your child to point out the number skipped. This will need concentration and focus. Gradually improve the difficulty level.

  1. Beat the clock

Use the competitive nature of children to your advantage by giving them tasks with respect to a specified time.  Use an attractive timer to set time for tasks and see their zeal and enthusiasm in finishing it quick. This is a good way to increase their ability to perform as well as the ability to concentrate.

  1. Just a minute

Scatter various items around and give them a minute to collect. Now make them recollect what they have picked. This is an activity for improving memory as well as concentration.

  1. Dot puzzles and mazes

Give them various dot puzzles where they can join the various dots into an image or mazes which leads from a starting point to a finishing point.

  1. What did I change?

Arrange items in a sequence and ask them to observe carefully. Tell them to look away and make a small tweak and ask them what has changed. This is a good exercise to increase focus and build concentration in small children.

  1. Pattern and routine instructions

This is a fun game that can be done even with everyday events. For example, give them instruction on which pattern to follow such as when arranging the school bag books go first, then comes tiffin box, then comes water bottle and so on.

  1. Statue

The typical old game called statue is, in fact, a fun game to improve concentration. You know the amount of attentiveness one would require to win the game.

Play out some music if you want and get the children moving. Once they are in full swing say statue. They must stay in the exact position. The one who makes even a remote movement after the word statue is uttered becomes out.

  1. Playing Chessmake your child study

This old Indian board game is a powerful tool in brain development. If your child has crossed the age of four, he/she can start playing. The benefits of chess include the development of both sides of the brain, higher IQ, problem-solving skills and many more. The ability to concentrate and stay attentive improves with this game.

  1. Musical Chair

This fun game involves children to be attentive. Chairs are arranged in an open-close manner either in the form of a circle or a straight line and music is played. The participants are supposed to walk around the group of chairs. Once the music is stopped, the participants are required to be seated. Always the number of participants is more than the number of chairs. Hence the one who does not get any chair is out of the game.

E) 12 everyday activities to improve your child’s math skills

  1. Comparing brands and prices during daily shopping

Take your child along with you for shopping and compare the prices of different brands. This way you are making them think analytically without them feeling forced. This is a good method to make them realise the importance of knowing how to compare and to make a decision.

  1. Discussing nutrition information with them

This is a good way to impart knowledge regarding diet and health as well. Start small by explaining them about the calorie content, and other nutrition information. Watch them observe how you make purchase decisions on the basis of the nutritional data. They will slowly feel familiar with numbers and their applications in real life.

  1. Baking

Unlike cooking which is an art, baking is more of a science. In baking, measurements play a very important role. Show your kid how to measure the ingredients, how to convert into different units and so on. These activities will help them to relate such concepts to real life when taught in school.

  1. Understanding and paying bills

Involve them when monthly bills arrive and discuss with them what it means, how much it costs, is it too much, etc.  This will help them stay in touch with numerals.

  1. Feeding pets

Feeding pets requires knowledge regarding the number of times it should be fed and the amount of quantity to be fed. Take your kid along and after some time let them start doing it with you around. You will find that gradually they are able to keep a count regarding the number of times the pet must be fed and the amount of pet food as well.

  1. Keeping track of timemake your child study

Setting a time frame for performing certain tasks each day will make them aware of the time of the day and the duration of each activity. Having knowledge of time and its duration is essential once the child grows older.

  1. Sharing items equally between family members

Many household tasks require items to be shared equally among members. For example, laying the table needs the cutlery to be arranged equally. Try involving your little one in such tasks.

  1. Calculate the cost of school lunch for the week or month

Sit down with them and calculate how much it would the school lunch cost for a month or so. Since it is something which holds personal relevance they are most likely to stay interested.

  1. Determine the number of miles driven in X hours

Try this during a journey. Educate them regarding the number of miles to be covered during this journey in a span of these many hours. Start by dropping hints. Initially ask them if they know, listen to their answer and make it an interactive session as to how it is calculated.

  1. Balance your cheque book

Show them how you balance your cheque book. Ask them whether want to know from where the money coming to buy their favourite toys. How does it reach the bank and show them how their mama or daddy is using the addition and subtraction that they have learnt at school.

  1. Determine how long your child will need to save his allowance in order to buy a particular item

This is a method to make them aware of how much is needed to buy the item they like. Quantifying in this manner helps in building analytical thinking from a very young age.

  1. Double a recipe or cut a recipe in half

Ask them how to measure the ingredients if a recipe is doubled or halved. Let them say, do not pressurise. Gradually they will pick up. Over time you can make this a fun activity by taking a recipe for one and asking them how much to use for the entire family, or everyone except one person and so on. This will make them realise that multiplication tables are not confines to textbooks only.

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