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, we 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.