It’s a challenging time in education with lots of uncertainty. Schools are setting lots of work to keep students on track, parents are becoming stressed with home schooling and students are becoming overwhelmed by the workload.
Here are 3 tips to help ensure that your child is still learning effectively:
1) Quality over quantity! It’s important that students do not become overwhelmed by the volume of work set and try to cover as much as they can without actually absorbing the key concepts. It’s better to focus on one topic and test their understanding by mini quizzes or exam questions before moving on.
2) Practice makes permanent! Most people struggle to retain information. Your brain will store the information it registers as useful and discard the rest. To help information stick you have to practice and remember to repeat, recap and reflect. I find the best way for all learners and in particular visual learners, is to draw mind maps. There is knack to drawing revision mind maps and you will develop your style with practice. The main objective is to write key information in a way that you will remember it. It’s a great way of linking information together like a train of thought and helps remember subject specific vocabulary.
3) An early rise will make you wise. I find that the most effective and productive sessions for most students are morning sessions. The brain seems to be more focused and efficient. Prepare your work timetable the night before and begin with the most challenging work first. As they day goes on, take shorter breaks and keep study time to no longer than 30 minutes slots. That does not mean 30 minutes of staring at a book or social media checks every 2 minutes! Do not underestimate the power of the morning session!
by Nick Charalambous- Tutor Master Educational Services