Study and Test Taking Tips

Homework Support

"Students need to understand themselves as learners: their unique strengths, weaknesses and style of learning. While some students may fare quite well with an uninterrupted, two-hour block of time for studying, others may need to schedule studying in 15 minute sessions, with breaks in between. Similarly, one child in the family might thrive on a quiet room for studying, while a sibling may need to be closer to the hub of activity to get help and redirection. Presenting these kinds of options and then asking a student, “What works for you?” can be an important part of developing effective study habits" (Wetherbee, 2007, para. 3).

To continue reading about homework support and to find what works best for your child, check out Strategies to improve your student's study habits. Click here for more information on learning styles. Another theory is that of multiple intelligences which "provide pathways for learning" based on your child's strengths.

Homework Involvement - 60-Second Positive Parenting

Check out more Homework Help resources

-Help your child become a self-starter with this guide by grade level.
- Study skills for middle school and beyond
-Check out this website for a thorough guide on how parents can foster good study skills and strategies at home through the act of studying, parental support, tools, organization, and time management.
-A less lengthy website called How to Study breaks down over 90 FREE "articles", which are really just one page lists of ideas, into categories such as: Math, English, Remembering, Studying, Notetaking, Test Taking, and so on.
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- Click here to find out 5 Ways to Reduce Test Stress
- Find out the hidden facts with these Question-Answer Relationships

and 7 Test Taking Strategies
- Help kids become the BOSS of their essays

Test Taking Tips for Parents

Goal Setting

One thing we try to teach at Gunning Bedford is to make goals. Your sixth graders will set goals for their DCAS scores in English and Math and track their progress in the front of their agenda book. Some sixth graders may need to set goals in their everyday classes as well, such as turning in their homework every day.
Goal Setting - Kids Need It

Teaching Responsibility

Your child is no longer in elementary school... With the transition into middle school comes increased responsibility. Your child will need to learn how to manage having seven or more different teachers throughout the school week (including exploratory and enrichment classes). Responsibility and organization is the key to academic success, but it also goes hand in hand with behavioral choices too.
Teaching Responsibility