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5 Healthy Study Habits for Children & Teens

23 October 2020
5 Healthy Study Habits for Children & Teens -  october hoy

Tests or exam time is a difficult time of the year for parents and children alike. The desire and need to perform well can be very taxing on your children which is why it is important to help them to develop healthy study habits from an early age.

Not only will healthy study habits help your children to cope with their studies, but it will also improve focus and retention.

Let’s take a look at 5 healthy study habits for children and teens to get you started on the journey to a healthy test or exam period.

1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

If your child is part of the soccer team, they are likely practising once or twice a week to hone their soccer skills. The same goes for study habits: you need to practice studying to study better.

This does not mean that your child needs to study every day but to be prepared when the exam period starts.

This preparation starts at the beginning of the year:

  • Neat and organized notes
  • Don’t mix notes from various subjects
  • Keep all assignments and activities together
  • Listen in class and ask questions

Good study habits start in the classroom so encourage your child to try their best at school every day.

2. Timetables

A timetable should be a concept that your child is already familiar with. Their daily classes and sporting activities are all organised in a timetable. So, when the test and exam time arrives, the study schedule should be too.

Sit with your child to develop a study schedule:

  • Start by jotting down the dates of the tests/exams
  • Determine how much time will be needed to study for each subject
  • Allocate time for each subject
  • Develop the schedule

In other words, if your child excels at Math and only needs 4 hours to prepare for the test, split the studying over two days of consisting of two 2-hour study sessions. This way, when your child has completed their first 2-hour session, they can tick it off as completed.

This will create a feeling of fulfilment and progression to encourage them to complete what they have started.

3. Goal Setting

As a parent, it is understandable that you want your child to achieve the best results possible. However, it is not your place as a parent to decide what your child’s goals should be.

All people excel in different areas and subjects which is why it is best to leave the goal-setting to your child.

If your child is currently getting a “5” on their report for English, let them decide what their goal is. Sometimes aiming for a “7” immediately might be too much pressure. Try aiming for a “6” and next time for a “7”.

It is always better to set attainable goals as not to become despondent. This way your child will also feel responsible for the goals they set and work harder to achieve them.

4. Positive Reinforcement and Rewards

It is your responsibility as a parent to act as your child’s personal cheerleader. As stated earlier, tests and exams can be very taxing to your children so be sure to motivate them and provide as much positive reinforcement during this time as possible.

Sometimes motivating your child with a reward can help encourage them to study. Although this is not something that should be done with each test or exam, it is something that can be done with a particularly daunting subject.

Allow your child to set the goal and choose a realistic reward: if they manage to achieve their goal, they get the reward they chose. This can be a good way to teach them that hard work does pay off.

5. Take a Break

Some children can get very wrapped up in studying hard to achieve their goals. And while this is a good thing, it can be very demanding. When planning the study schedule, ensure that your child also allocates time for themselves to take a break.

It is also during this time that they can message their friends, play some video games, watch some TV or read a book. It’s important to allow the brain some downtime as not to feel tense or stressed out from studying.


Everyone studies in a different way – all you need to do is help your child to find what way works the best for them.

How do your children prefer to study? Share your ideas in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

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