Make age-appropriate requests
Studying is hard work and young children have less ability and less of a need to study than older children. Older children will be better able to study and also need to study a great deal more. Don’t have too high an expectation of children in 6th class and under to do great amounts of study. In fact, research shows that high workloads and boring study routines can lead to a poorer performance at school, especially before the age of 15. For children over the age of 15, two hours of study per night is about right.
Make requests, rather than demands
Your child will respond to requests far better when they are given the opportunity to make their own choices. If you try forcing them to study, children are much more likely to resist. Most adults don’t like being issued with demands and children are no different. Yet many parents feel the need to try and force their children to perform tasks like homework. Instead it can be useful to ask, ‘what were you planning on studying today?' or 'what can I do to help you with your homework?'.  Some gentle reminders may also be beneficial, such as “It’s almost time to start your homework, do you have everything you need?”.

Encourage routine
Children thrive much better when they have a structured routine that includes study. A structured routine means they are less likely to resist doing their homework. A routine could include; having a nutritional snack first, studying and then having play time.
Minimise distractions
Let your children know that television, internet, friends, mobile phones, x-box and any other distractions will be available to them only AFTER they have completed their homework.
Follow up
Parents should be actively involved in their children’s studies.Ask your child to show you what she has done and then review it. For projects, avoid being too critical and instead ask their permission to make suggestions on how they can improve it. If your child is studying for an exam it can be helpful to get your child to write out several questions and answers and then test his knowledge. The quizzing can be made into a fun game and also helps you to be involved in the learning process.

Manage your own time well
One of the best ways of helping your child to learn good study habits is for them to see you using your time well. Your child will recognise that you place value on learning and study. Being a good role model will influence your child to develop good study habits.



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