5 Ways to Create a Stress-free Study Time
Posted in Games and Brain Stimulation, Learning & Development on Thursday, March 5th, 2015
When it comes to academics, you will always be concerned that your child does well, in our increasingly competitive academic spaces at school. That’s why it’s important to inculcate the right habits that will help your child do well at his/her studies without adding to stress. Stress is a major concern among young children as well as adolescents as school work and expectations get more and more demanding. Here are some of the ways to create a great learning environment for your child at home for a stress-free study time.
Organize your child’s workspace: Staying organized will build a strong foundation for focusing on the work at hand for your child. Create a small study area in your child’s room with a table and a chair that gives him/her good posture and is comfortable. Include a calendar, a small table clock, a bookshelf and even a bulletin board at the desk. Pin up your child’s drawings and things he/she needs to revise such as the tables or the alphabet. Keep extra pencils, erasers, and other stationery within easy reach.
Divide up the work: Children tend to get bored and distracted easily. Try to give your child short five to ten minute breaks after completing an hour of studying or doing homework. If she/he has to study multiple subjects, try to divide up the work for him/her over the week. Teach your child how to prioritize by getting the tougher homework out of the way first.
Break the monotony: Mix it up when it comes to what subjects your child does. Studying for more than an hour can be stressful. If your child is working on Maths problems, then English, and then Social Studies, add in a colouring book, a craft or something else that your child loves to do. This will break up the monotony and refresh his/her mind before getting back to studies.
Create a reasonable schedule: Students today are expected to be overachievers, right from kindergarten onwards. It often becomes a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ competition where parents try to show their friends and relatives how smart their child is or how many talents she/he has. This can cause a lot of stress for your child where he/she has to go from school, to tuitions, to extracurricular classes and more. Create a reasonable schedule for your kid which balances academics and focuses on an extracurricular activity that your kid genuinely enjoys.
Let your child refuel: Set aside some healthy snacks that your child can munch on during their study time – cut fruits and vegetables into bite-sized pieces, and make sure your child drinks enough water through their study time as well. It will provide them with energy and keep them more focused on their homework. Keep a small bowl full of healthy snacks next to the study table for your child to dip into whenever hungry.
Offer to help: Children may often be shy to ask the teacher, or may have some genuine doubts they were unable to resolve at school. They might approach you asking for help, and so offer to be there for them. If you were good with Maths at school, offer to help your child understand the concepts. If your partner is good with some other subject, let him or her help too. The key is to create a caring and supportive atmosphere so that your child does not feel overwhelmed or stressed when it comes to studying.
These are some of the ways in which your child can have a stress-free study time. It will also help your child concentrate better, and be more productive both in grasping what he/she studies and in completing work efficiently.