Needing to re-focus on study and homework habits? The high school academic office gives a few suggestions below and has more ideas about good study habits and resources and resources on their webpage.
Strategic Questions to Guide Study Habits
- “How are you going to study tonight?”
- Implies an expectation, implies capacity to make decisions, and helps students think through study logistics to answer the question.
- Students may initially need coaching to arrive at a good answer.
- “What are you going to do tomorrow?”
- Helps students recognize that not everything has to be done right now and helps them begin to create a plan.
- “How do you know you’re ready for your test?”
- Helps students learn to set goals.
Double Impact of “Zeros”
Zeros, which typically result from not doing homework, usually mean that the student’s grade is significantly affected and that the student hasn’t learned the material.
To help your student organize their homework and avoid those zeros, try asking the student to
- Put all assignments in a planner (printed or electronic) showing you where the information came from and that the information is organized effectively.
- Check off each assignment when completed and again when it is turned in.
- Show you this planner (with check offs) every day until it becomes a consistent habit.
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