Mid-term and final exams are right around the corner for many teens, and I’m sure your kid’s one of ’em.
It’s about to get stressful around your house, amiright?
Good study habits go a really long way toward successful exam scores.
Check out these tips to help your teen study for these important exams, without either of you slipping into anxiety and overwhelm.
1| Choose a good study space.
Help your teen find a place to study that’ll be optimal for great focus and productivity.
I’m offering a few of my favorite ideas for you here:
- Encourage your teen to find a comfortable-for-him place at home with a table or desk. Make sure it’s a place he likes.
- Make sure the area is free of distractions. (Studying near a family TV probably isn’t the best idea.) And think minimal – lots of clutter interferes with focus.
- Have good, focused lighting. And look for places with natural light – it tends to boost energy.
- Turn off the phone. Completely. I know…it’s a tough one for teens. But it’s the very biggest distraction.
2| Remind your teen to take breaks…away from the study space.
The point of a study break is to get the mind refreshed and reinvigorated so focus becomes clearer when it’s time to get back to work.
With teens’ cell phones within constant reach, study breaks nowadays consist of staying in the chair, checking social media and watching Netflix.
A 5-minute break easily become 30 minutes or more. And the mind is anything but refreshed.
Teens should take regular breaks during their studies to get up, walk around and refresh. Eat a healthy snack. Drink some water.
3| Ask your teen how you can help study.
Sure, it’s been ages since you’ve been in high school, and you probably have no idea what your kid’s learning. But you don’t need to know the content he’s studying to be a great source of support.
Ask your teen if you can help with things like:
- Helping him plan ideal study times around other activities
- Testing him using study guides from school
- Creating and quizzing him using flashcards
- Having him re-teach material to you (One of my favorites! So effective!)
- Hiring a tutor
4| Treat your teen to some time completely away from studying for exams.
Human brains are not wired to concentrate for extended periods of time.
So in addition to taking mini-breaks, it’s a great idea to be sure your teen is building time into the schedule to get away from the books entirely.
Consider taking your kid out to lunch. Maybe engaging in an activity like biking or bowling would be a good distraction from the hard work he’s putting in to studying.
When your teenager returns to studying for exams after some time away, his brain will be more apt to fire on all engines.
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