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"The thing that is most difficult for me is to start studying, later, when I start, it is no longer difficult for me to do it" This is one of the phrases that I have often heard from children and adolescents when we talk about the importance of studying every day. And it is that creating a study habit in children supposes establishing a guarantee of success in the formation of our children.
A success that must contain two equally important aspects: on the one hand, progress in learning and, on the other, good results in grades, both of which are essential to consider that our son is progressing in his training.
What is the basis for this progress? On the one hand it is the daily work, which includes the effort of the child, and on the other, the taste for learning that must be present in all their training. In promoting both, parents play an important role.
Our educational role in the studio includes: encouraging you when you need it, setting limits on what is beneficial (for example, studying in silence) and what is not (for example, studying at night is not recommended); and it will also include helping you resolve difficulties. Every father and mother usually faces all these aspects when dealing with the formative aspects of their son or daughter.
The basic resource that guarantees success in addressing all this educational work in the study is precisely to establish a work discipline, a study habit that our son carries out with pleasure and motivation. This habit will avoid the “final binges” to study an exam or the mistakes, as well as it will allow you to fix the knowledge of the course as a basic learning for your academic life.
These three guidelines will help us create a good study habit in children:
1. Create a daily routine
It consists of establishing an inertia of work that the child will carry out during the week and that we will incorporate into the usual family dynamics.
We decide with him or her what we will do in the afternoon. Depending on your age, starting at the age of 6 when you start Primary Education, we establish the time you are going to dedicate to study. The more fixed this time, the better for the child to create the habit. Thus, for example, as a standard guideline, we can establish that he begins to study after having a snack. When the child arrives at school each day with his homework done and sees how his teacher appreciates his work with a good grade or with a favorable comment, he will see the value of this guideline and he will be encouraged to continue to maintain it.
Generally, a routine carried out for three weeks is usually established as a habit naturally in the child. Therefore, it is important that we facilitate as much as possible that this routine is not altered often.
2. Establish a fixed place to study
With your agreement, we prepare a place where our child feels comfortable and free from distractions: a space in his room or a space in the house that will be used for this purpose. In any case, it will be a place where you can put and organize your books along with school supplies to have everything at hand. Knowing that you have this fixed place makes it easier for you to start studying and at the same time generates a pleasant sense of organization.
3. Value our son's work
The appreciation and appreciation of the continued effort that we give him for the work he has done will make it easier for him to continue carrying it out. A simple and sincere phrase such as "You have done all the homework and the review, now you can go play" accompanied by an expression of satisfaction, will help our son to sit down again at the time established to do them the next day.
Finally, let us remember that facilitating the child to develop this habit is generating in the long term that he establishes the capacity for concentration and perseverance that he will need throughout his life to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
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