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Last updated 10:56 AM on 15 September 2011

Many students find study a challenge, but you can help make it more rewarding for your child by encouraging them to use some of the following ideas:

Keep up with assignments and assessment tasks

  • mark key dates on a calendar
  • make an assignment schedule for each week
  • make daily 'to-do' lists.

Review class work each day

  • keep a notepad handy while reading to make notes or reminders
  • create flash cards of main ideas or key points (with details on the back)
  • make up study questions to test learning.

Take breaks while studying

  • your child will focus more if they're not tired
  • suggest to your child that they stand up after 20 minutes and walk around the room (while thinking about the topic)
  • tell your child to take a complete five-minute break every 40 minutes.

Good study approaches

  • make a summary of the main ideas
  • use organisers such as columns, lists or tables and colour-coded folders for different areas of the subject
  • draw a diagram, or mind map, to show main ideas and links between them
  • reorganise the information and label the points
  • write key words in the margin.