Creating a Good Study Routine


Your child comes home from school and tells you that he has a test.

Does your child know what to study?  Or, let alone how to study?



Often the problem for students is not how to study, but how to organize themselves so they can study.  One way a parent can help their children is to teach them responsibility.  Parents should try to monitor their children when they are doing their homework by asking them questions about their work or asking them to summarize what they learned in each class. 


Some questions that you might want to ask:



Some tips to help your child get organized:


·        Provide a place to study with little distractions and all materials that one would need to complete their homework, such as writing utensils, paper, ruler, post-it notes etc.  The space that is provided should be big enough that they can spread their work out. 


·        Make sure your child is using their School Agenda.  There is space provided that your student can write down the homework for each class.  Get your child in the habit of writing “none” or “study” if there is not homework for the night. 


·        Set up a time schedule! Students often perform better when they know that they have a specific time to complete their work.  Have the child suggest how much time he/she thinks will be needed to complete an assignment.  Your child will work towards this goal and will be able to see that if he/she sets his/her mind to something, the work can be completed.


·        Communicate with your child’s teachers.










As many parents know, studying can be a chore


Children often fight with their parents and many do not know how to study. Below are some tips that might help make study time more productive:



The most important things to remember is to have them do homework or study in a non-distractible area and study and review each night.  Do not wait for the last minute. 








Some of the information above was taken from an article called:  “Study Skills for Middle School and Beyond” and an adaptation of a summary provided by Beth Janowitz, AP Weber Middle School