Did you know that study skills aren’t a focus of most K-12 programs? Crazy, right? Students are told to study for a test, do their homework, and make corrections. However, the “How” is important. Just telling a student to do these things is not enough. Many students need to be taught what studying should look and feel like.
While completing homework assignments encourage your child to do the following:
- Try to answer each question as completely as possible.
- Circle a question if you don’t feel confident about your answer or procedure. Write down any questions you might have about the problem or procedure and ask for help even if you get a correct answer.
- Check each question as you go. You can use a calculator, the back of your textbook, Google, etc.
- Checking your work as you go is best, but not always possible. Make sure you are able to check it during class with your teacher if you are unable to check it yourself.
If your child has checked their work, and they have wrong answers, encourage your child to do the following:
- Write down the correct answer.
- Try to find your own mistake first.
- Read over your notes or examples from the textbook. Look for a similar problem and try to immitate the listed steps.
- Ask questions so that you will know how to answer a similar problem in the future. You could ask someone to demonstrate their correct strategy or help you to find your mistake.
Using Your Homework to Study
Once you have completed the process of doing and checking the homework, it is time to use it as a study tool. Encourage your child to do the following:
- Cover up any answers and retry the problems you missed or didn’t feel confident about.
- Continue through the process above until you are able to do the problem correctly and confidently without help.
Did you know that most students only complete the first bullet point under the header Doing Homework and the first bullet point under the header Making Corrections? Help your child become a Math Ninja by setting aside time to help your child learn how to complete the steps above. If you need help implementing these stragies with your child, give Math Ninja a call, 843.732.0612, and set up an appointment. I’m happy to help.
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