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Families should set guidelines to ensure quality studying


Every family needs to set their own guidelines for studying at home, according to Renette Wardlow, human development specialist, University of Missouri Extension.


“Differences in guidelines occur because of the different ages of students,” said Wardlow.


For example, younger children have less homework, but it generally requires more parent supervision. As children grow older, developing the skill of independently tackling homework without parent help becomes important.


“Children of all ages need a good place to study and a specific time to study, with minimal distractions,” said Wardlow.


Developing the proper frame of mind for studying will help reduce distractions and bring about positive results.


It is also essential to plan ahead, organize studying around a regular schedule and get materials organized. This is important in order to find what is needed when you need it, to get assignments done on time and to avoid procrastination. There are several ways to get focused and organized ahead of time.


For example, Wardlow advises that children need to plan ahead and get a good night sleep the night before they’ll have to do a lot of studying.


Wardlow also recommends that children focus on their strong points. Instruct your child to “think about the things you do best in school and develop a positive self-image,” said Wardlow.


It is important for each child to study in a comfortable place that has good lighting in order to avoid eye strain and fatigue. Wardlow recommends avoiding distracting music during study times.


“It is true that some people study well with background music, and for different people different kinds of music will suit,” said Wardlow.


It is also a good idea to not watch the clock or count the pages left while trying to study, according to Wardlow. Getting together with friends to study can also be very distracting, especially when everyone is not studying the same topic.



Renette Wardlow, human development specialist, Christian County, University of Missouri Extension,


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