While your child may be able to do homework on his/her own now, it is unlikely that s/he will be able to take on the task of studying alone. Here are some studying tips:
- Plan a study schedule. It will keep both you and your child on track and will prevent cramming the night before a test.
- Break studying into manageable chunks. This helps your child retain more information and reduces test anxiety.
- Set up a quiet study area for your child.
- Look over the study guide and notes together.
- If you have any questions about the material or test, don’t hesitate to ask me.
- Work to your child’s strengths. The following strategies work well for a variety of learning styles. You may want to try a few to see what works best for you and your child.
Study Strategies for third graders:
*Make and use flash cards.
*Create practice problems.
*Teach a friend, parent, or sibling.
*Help a friend to study.
*Write or say the answers when someone else reads you the questions.
*Rewrite vocabulary and definitions.
*Draw pictures to explain concepts.
*Make up songs or raps to help remember.
*Toss a ball as you answer questions.
*Use mnemonics like:
Never Eat Soggy Waffles (North, East, South, West).
When we take tests, I encourage the students to answer easy questions first and star the difficult ones to return to them later. In a multiple choice problem, they can also cross out the options that are definitely not the answer, to help narrow down the choices.