Study Tips (Textbook Studying):
- Give your student a little down time (1/2 hour, or so) when he/she comes home from school. Provide a snack.
- Be sure your student has the necessary skills to complete the homework. If you notice that the work is too difficult for your student, let the teacher know.
- Establish the homework habit. Once it is part of your student's daily routine, it will be easier for him/her to get to it.
- If needed, you may give a positive reward, such as a ticket, when the homework is done each day. At the end of the week, your student could cash in tickets for a special item or activity.
- Homework should take approximately 10 minutes times your student's grade level overall. Some nights it may take less, some nights it may take more.
- Use a visual timer to help your student manage his/her time.
- Study student notes and study guides at least 3 times a week for ten minutes so your student is prepared for the test and doesn't need to study too much extra the week of the test.
- Make notecards with definitions, important people/events.
- Have your student "teach" you the information - giving them responsibility of knowing the material in order to teach you.
Studying From A Textbook:
The following is an organized method of studying from a textbook called SQ3R. The letters in the method are: Survey(S), Question(Q), Read(R), Recite(R), Review(R).
- Read the title of the chapter, any subtitles and any bold-faced headings.
- If there is a summary at the end of the chapter, read that text.
- Look at the pictures in the chapter and read any captions that go with them.
- Spend no more than two or three minutes doing these steps which will help give you a mind set for what will be in the chapter.
- Go back to the beginning of the chapter and turn the title into a question and write it down.
- Go to each subtitle and boldfaced heading, turn each of those into a question and write them down.
- Begin reading the chapter actively trying to find the answers to your questions.
- Read with a pencil by briefly writing down main ideas and important points.
- After reading the first section, look away from the text and try to answer your question.
- Write down your answers using your own words and give examples.
- When you are finished reading, look over your notes.
- Go back and read each subtitle or heading and recall the major points of each.
- Re-read your notes or any sections of the chapter that you need to further review.