post
BLOG AND NEWS

Better Study Skills and Homework Tips

Mar 9, 2017
 
 

As a parent, you know the importance of completing homework and strong study skills, yet many kids don’t know where to begin. To avoid the constant nagging, battles, and lost papers, it’s time to get your kids organised. After all, there’s no reason for both you and your kids to dread school.

 

Here’s how to help them hit the books and develop good study habits for a successful school year:

 

1. Start Strong

 

Make sure your child understands the directions for every assignment and/or task and takes the time to complete homework accurately. Have her read through written directions before beginning to work. Does she understand what she needs to do? Ask her, “What does that look like?” or “What do you picture for that?” For example, if the assignment is to read Chapter 2 of her history textbook, take notes on what she’s reading, and then answer the questions at the end of the chapter, make sure she is creating an image for each of these tasks. If not, she may miss an important piece of information and not receive full credit for the assignment. Also, remind your kids that school is not a race! The first one done with homework does not get a prize. The real prize is learning! Encourage your children to read carefully and think through their answers.

 

2. Encourage questions

 

Have your child ask questions if they aren’t sure what they are supposed to do or what is expected of them. Remind your child that it is always okay to clarify directions or check for understanding with their teacher. It’s better to ask a question and fully understand than it is to guess and complete work incorrectly. However, if you notice your child continues to struggle with understanding even after talking with his teacher, there could be a comprehension weakness interfering with his understanding.

 

3. Spend time on vocabulary

 

Before diving into new material, check on your child’s understanding of key vocabulary words. When she encounters an unfamiliar word, work with her to develop a mental picture for it. For example, rather than jumping to memorising the definition of photosynthesis, ask her questions like, “What are you picturing for the sunlight? What do you see happening?”

 

To commit new terms to memory, flashcards are a great tool for practice. Have your child write the word on one side of the card. The other side should include the definition, a hand drawn picture, and a brief sentence using the word in context.

 

During practice, use language that prompts her to draw on her images. Instead of, “Do you remember the steps of photosynthesis?” ask, “What are you picturing for photosynthesis?” and “What do you see happening next?” If a term is unstable, flip over the card for her definition and drawing to discuss. Create piles for her “fast,” “medium,” and “slow” cards to help focus practice sessions.

 

4. Establish a steady pace

 

Make sure your child divides her studying time over a number of days, rather than leaving it all for the night before. Also, have your kids stay on top of homework—slow and steady progress throughout the year is a good way to prepare for tests. Trying to cram for a test the night before isn’t effective. It’s important that your child practises the imaging techniques he’s been working on while studying in order to apply to the content being covered on the exam.

 

5. Organise for efficient study sessions

 

Easy access to their review materials—practice tests, homework assignments, sample problems, the textbook, and class notes—will allow for a much less stressful study session. For example, have her put the main ideas/information/formulas onto a sheet that can be quickly reviewed. Make sure she is creating images for the key concepts, such as dates, names, places, new vocabulary, etc., that will be on the test to help with her understanding and recall.

 

We hope homework time is battle-free for your family this school year. If your child needs more help, check out Homework Matters at your Lindamood-Bell Learning Centre. Homework Matters is supervised homework help, 1-4 afternoons per week. We create an environment that motivates and focuses students on getting their homework done. Our skilled instructors take the struggle out of homework for families by helping students get their work done. We can answer your child’s questions and assist when necessary. Homework Matters is available at our learning centres or online.

 

If you would like further information or have questions regarding your child’s language comprehension skills, please contact the learning centre at:

 

Melbourne: (03) 9815 2949

Sydney Chatswood: (02) 9410 1006

Sydney Double Bay: (02) 9328 7119

Connect with us
Lindamood-Bell Academy is our unique private school! Students K-12 thrive with our renowned, evidence-based instruction and individualized curriculum. Our learning environment is engaging and effective—whether attending in person or live online. 
Help your child finish the school year strong! Transfer now and receive 10% off a month of tuition. Details are at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
If your student struggles with reading or comprehension, we can help. Our evidence-based approach improves core skills needed for academic success. Each student attends engaging, 1:1 sessions that are tailored to their unique needs—in-person, live online, or both. Start now or take advantage of our Early Bird Summer Special! Link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
Attention parents! Lindamood-Bell Summer Instruction is tailored to each student's unique learning needs. We can help your child catch up, hone their skills, or get ahead in reading, comprehension, or math. Our evidence-based approach is proven effective both in-person and live online. For a limited time, we're offering 10% off your child's first week—get started today at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Celebrate Black History Month with the National Museum of African American History & Culture! The official theme announced by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is Black Resistance: A Journey to Equality. Resources are at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
#BlackHistoryMonth
Can you or someone you know relate to Cora’s difficulty with comprehension? 🤔 
We help all ages learn to their full potential! 🤩
#studenttestimonial #readinghelp #comprehension #comprehensionskills #lindamoodbell
Help your student finish the school year strong—make the switch to Lindamood-Bell Academy! We provide evidence-based instruction and a full curriculum, personalized to your child's needs. Learning with our Academy is engaging and effective whether you choose to attend in person or live online. Take a virtual tour of our school at the link in bio, @lindamoobellofficial.
Don't wait another year to make the switch. Your student can catch up or get ahead and start thriving. . . THIS school year!  Attend in person, live online, or both. To get you started, we're offering a discount on the first month of tuition. Get details and take a virtual tour at the link in bio, @lindamoobellofficial.
Lindamood-Bell online instruction is engaging and effective for individuals with reading and learning difficulties, including students with autism. Watch this family's full testimonial at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Is your student struggling in reading, comprehension, or math? No matter where you live, Lindamood-Bell is here for you! Our live-online instruction is effective and engaging—and available worldwide. Watch our online instruction in action at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Your student can catch up and start thriving at our unique private school! Lindamood-Bell Academy offers a flexible school environment, 1:1 evidence-based instruction, and a full curriculum. Attend in-person or live online. Make the switch soon and receive 10% off a month of tuition. Get info at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Students with dyslexia can learn how to read to their potential with Lindamood-Bell! Watch this family's entire testimonial, "Unlocking a Love of Reading: How Online Instruction Helped a Student with Dyslexia Succeed." Link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Teachers and families, 
Honor Dr. King's legacy by helping your student learn about his life and message. Download a free lesson packet from Gander Publishing—it includes vocabulary practice, higher-order thinking skills questions, and activities. Free download at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
.
.
.
#teacherresources #teachersofinstagram #lindamoodbell #MLKDay2023
Is your student struggling? Make the switch now to Lindamood-Bell Academy—in-person or live-online. We address each student's underlying learning ability and provide a full curriculum. Your student can catch up and experience school success. Learn more and get started at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
New Podcast Episode!
Our guest, Dr. Robert Pasternack, discusses current topics in education, including learning loss and student mental health. Dr. Pasternack is the former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. Listen and subscribe at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Request Information
Menu
Loading ...

Request Information

When you complete our form, we'll send you to our digital information packet and reach out to you shortly.
You may also call us at

Choose at least one option. *
* required

Schedule a Learning
Ability Evaluation

Please fill out the form and we will be in touch to schedule an evaluation.

* required
Chat with a Live Representative