Every child is different with his or her own take to studies. Some work hard for the love of the subject and some because they have to. As a parent, you only want the best for your child and want them to build a long-term, positive relationship with learning for life.
With exams being an ever-increasingly stressful affair, help your child be more confident and prepared for the big day with the following proven and effective study methods:
1. Practice Testing
Essentially the most common way to study, it always works in favour of your child. Solving question papers repeatedly is as effective as they help in remembering information and provides the motivation for your child to do better every single time. Also, your child can identify chapters for re-learning.
Teachers can provide quizzes via Google Forms or students can source their own practice tests from subject-specific websites.
2. Distributed Practice
Instead of studying large chunks of subject material over a long period of time, it is more useful to break down chapters to take timely breaks. This gives the brain time to absorb the new information just learnt. For example, your child will be much happier to tackle the Geography portion in a day with a fun, yet educational break every hour rather than finish the entire portion in one go. Breaks can be motivational TED talks or educational Sporcle games as long as it is different from the study material.
The key being here is to set a schedule, counting the time taken for breaks - even if it just a fifteen-minute break!
3. Elaborative Interrogation
Elaborative interrogation is defined as the process of finding out the “why” behind each theory. PC-enabled tools such as Google Scholar can be a starting point for your child to really dig deep into the subject matter. By figuring out the “why” your child will be able to relate the subject material taught in class to the real world.
Not only does this method help children learn at their own pace but also understand concepts better and for longer.
Rest assured, there are alternatives to rote learning for your child - with a PC and your support.
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.
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