Balancing school, extracurricular activities, leisure time, and additional revision can be quite the challenge for students. And when it comes to a significant milestone like the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), it’s natural for parents to want their child to excel as best they can and secure the best possible grades through extra revision efforts.

Therefore, it’s vital to provide your child with a well-structured study habits tailored to their needs. Effective study habits can pave the way for academic success, whereas ill-fitting habits may overwhelm and cause even more stress. It’s crucial to create and build study habits that consider your child’s capabilities and needs. Without this balance, endless revision sessions may prove futile. In this article, I will be going through tips on how to build realistic yet effective study habits and how you can apply that into your child’s daily schedule.

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Identify the weak points

Attempting to revise every subject extensively everyday is almost impossible. As the popular saying goes, “practice makes perfect”, it would make sense to allocate more time into the weaker areas, ensuring that your child is able to pull up these weak points. By focusing on these areas, your child can enhance their understanding and proficiency, ultimately boosting their overall academic performance. 

Discuss with your child what subjects they struggle with the most, look at past exam papers and identify what questions they commonly fail at. Lastly, it can be useful to talk with their teachers about what needs to be addressed most.

Identify how your child learns

Learners are divided into four main categories: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. This is essential information as it allows for parents to better understand how their child learns and helps you tailor teaching methods that cater to the diverse learning styles of each individual.

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What each learner may need: 

  • For visual learners, incorporating images, charts, and graphs into lessons enhances their ability to absorb information effectively. 
  • Auditory learners thrive when presented with spoken information and opportunities for verbal interaction like asking them to explain a topic out loud. 
  • On the other hand, reading/writing learners excel when engaging with written words and benefit greatly from note-taking as a key learning strategy. 
  • Lastly, kinesthetic learners learn best through hands-on experiences and the sense of touch, personal experience is important for this type of learner. 

Pomodoro Technique

The proliferation of the internet has resulted in many differing study techniques emerging. One in particular attempts to balance studying and breaks. ​​With this approach, productive time is segmented into 25-minute intervals, each followed by a brief 5-minute break. By adhering to this structured schedule, learners can enhance focus and minimise distractions, fostering a more productive workflow. Moreover, the periodic breaks serve to motivate and re-energise, preventing burnout throughout study sessions. 

Method: 

  • Work on your selected task for 25 mins 
  • After 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break.
  • Repeat the first 2 steps 4 times then take a longer break (15-30 mins)

This method is particularly useful if you have a child who struggles with staying on task and gets easily distracted. 

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Keep it consistent

Consistency is an important element of a study timetable. A consistent routine creates habits for your child, facilitating better time management and productivity. Consistent study habits not only enhance academic performance but also promote regular engagement with school work.

By implementing the strategies outlined, you can start implementing healthy study habits optimised to your child’s unique needs and learning preferences. With consistency, effective time management, and consideration for individual learning styles, your child can maximise their academic potential and achieve success in their educational endeavours. By prioritising their well-being and fostering a conducive learning environment, you set the stage for their continued growth and development. With dedication and support, your child is well-equipped to navigate their academic journey with confidence and competence.

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