As an English Tutor, I have taught students from a range of ages, backgrounds and abilities. Many parents ask me for tips on how they can help their child improve their grades and engagement in learning. I have come up with 5 key habits that I would encourage students to develop that will help them to thrive in their studies.
Curiosity for learning The truth is your child is going to have preferences when it comes to their favourite subjects. However, I hear you ask, “what about the subjects that my child does not like, and or is struggling with?”. I have always encouraged students to approach their least favourite subjects from a mindset of curiosity. When we develop a curiosity around a topic despite liking it or not we are more likely to develop an enthusiasm for the subject.
Engagement in class Each student is different, and some are more confident in class than others. However, when students engage more in group and class discussion, they are more likely to learn better and retain information from the class. Encourage your children to engage more in classes as it takes them out of their comfort zone and enhances their learning; it’s less daunting that you think!
Time management Managing our time is something that all of us can struggle with. Students can and do get overwhelmed by the amount of work and revision that they have to do. This is where time management comes into play s a vital part of academic success. I recommend creating a timetable of key things that students need to study throughout the week, and a deadline for when they must be completed. Getting organised will reduce stress and increase focus.
Revision style No two students are the same when it comes to learning. I have always encouraged students to find out what their study style is and stick to it. For example, some students retain information better when they listen to audio books, whilst others l
ike to make colourful charts and revision cards to revise from. The list could go on and on...Knowing how you learn best will optimise your ability to retain and understand information.
Research skills Throughout secondary school and sixth form, students will have to carry out some forms of research. This skill will inevitably be required right through to university. Why not get your child to find out about a new topic and engage their curiosity for learning. For example, you can set a task of finding out about a writer and the context behind a book, or even a new science topic and quiz your child afterwards. Studying can be fun!
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