Study, study, study. Middle school and high school can be an exciting time for of a whole new world of experiences: but it also means studying! I remember middle school as a scary place and high school as even scarier. I couldn’t concentrate for the first few months. Thankfully, I found some really great study habits and hopefully it will help your teen as well.

1Turn off the TV:

Turning off the TV is something a lot of households have problems doing, especially if you have children of different age groups. If you have a teenager and a three year old; the teen needs to study and the three year old wants to watch cartoons. It can be distracting. If its radio, that isn’t too bad; studies have shown that listening to music while studying may actually help boost concentration.

The Telephone:

Homework is not phone time: especially if your child has a cell phone of their own. Phone privileges during homework time should be restricted to homework related phone call only.

Have a Study Area:

This is easy to do. The possibilities could include the kitchen table, the teen’s bedroom, or even the deck outside. This area needs offer as much as possible for your teen’s homework and supplies to do the homework. Enforcing a specific homework area will make it easier for your teen to get into homework mode because their brain will associate that area with studying.

Keep a Specific Time for Homework: Maintaining a regular homework time can sometimes be difficult, especially with teens in extracurricular activities. Sit down with your teen, see who needs to be where and designate a homework time from that.

Teach Your Teen that Studying is Important:

One of the most misunderstood facts of school work is the big difference between studying and doing assignments. There are a few things you can do to help your teen study better. For example: Taking notes in class in their own words. Learn to read the footnotes (I once had a teacher who based his quizzes on the footnotes), learn to study tables and charts, etc.

During Study Time, Watch for When They get Frustrated:

If your teen is frustrated, nothing will stick in their memory. If this happens, it’s time to take a break. Let your teen gear down and relax for 15 mins. to recharge.
Parental Help: If it helps then yes definitely help, but if it doesn’t help and they end up more frustrated or confused then no don’t help. Don’t take it personally if they don’t want your help. It won’t help them if your feelings are hurt.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.