How to encourage your child to study

July 4, 2018

How to encourage your child to study

Exam grades have a tendency to reflect, in an unbiased manner the effort and energy a student has given to their preparations. Study, unfortunately is not an appealing pastime for many teenagers and with the ever growing number of distractions, study is falling further and further behind in the list of favoured ways to pass the evening.

In a desperate attempt to make study a priority for their child, parents often act in a panic-induced manner and take the role of dictator, insisting hours of study must be complete each evening. This dictatorship is more often than not met with a mini-rebellion, resulting in a loss of energy and more regression than progression.

Encouraging your teenager to study can present enough of a challenge, so instead of being your own worst enemy and adding to this challenge, an intelligent approach is advisable.

  • Become a team. Often teenagers come to see you as the opposition; forcing them to spend time at a desk and unwilling to compromise. Take a step back, take an interest, be empathetic and encourage. Make sure they realise all your efforts have their best interests at heart.
  • Create and maintain an appropriate atmosphere. If your teenager is studying at home it is essential that the study area is neat, well-ventilated, free from noise and distractions and above all is comfortable. Maintaining this designated area helps your teenager to store notes neatly, remain organised and keep focussed.
  • Be approachable and willing to listen. Make sure you are willing to listen, converse with and appreciate the opinions of your teenager. Exams can be stressful experiences. Listen to their concerns, be empathetic and act accordingly not blindly!
  • Educate yourself. Take time to learn about the entire exam experience. Make yourself aware of all resources and learning tools available to assist your teenager. Have work colleagues paid for grind notes that are left lying around their homes? Can a friend recommend any routines that worked well in their home? Take full advantage of the many free online resources available such as mocks.ie.
  • Praise, reward, positive feedback. Make sure all efforts are noticed and acknowledged. All teenagers respond well to recognition and praise for their efforts. Feeling good about study will help your teenager associate positive feelings towards their studies and achieve a sense of accomplishment each evening for their efforts.

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