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Encourage good study habits in your child

Having a good study habit is vital for a child to achieve academic success. Parents should therefore encourage their child to develop good study habits from an early age and educate them about the role of good study habits in academic success. Research says that human habits are unlikely to change after age nine. There is no magic wand that will help your child take naturally to studying. Parents should try some of the following things to inculcate good study habits in their children.

1. Encourage your child to study every day. Even if he has no homework or exams the next day, see to it that he spends at least some time reading or learning. It is OK if he doesn’t sit at the table for long, but it should be regular and preferably at the same time. Remain firm regardless of any protests or excuses.

2. A quiet place with good lighting and away from all type of noise and distraction is an ideal place for studying. Designating a specific place as the ‘study area’ gives your child a sense of the importance of studying. Make him practice sitting in the study area for studying.

3. If the child has siblings, get them all to study at the same time so they don’t disturb one other.

4. When your child is becoming overwhelmed, allow the child to take break from study. It will help the child relax and improve its focus and concentration. Breaks prevent brain fatigue as well as physical discomforts like eye strain.

5. Teach your child at a young age the importance of time management and drawback of procrastination. Encourage him to maintain a study calendar. Kids can note in their homework times, assignment submission dates and test dates on it.

6. Parents’ involvement doesn’t end simply with handing over the book to the child and walking away or taking control by giving commands, threats or through surveillance. Take active part in his learning, give him some autonomy, and reward him for his effort. If your child is struggling with a question or subject, encourage him to ask you questions.

 

When kids feel like good study habit has value and they are not coerced into inculcating it, it will definitely lead the kids to greater achievement.

 

Note: The above article posted by me on “mycity4kids” on oct 04-2016

Why do we forget?

There are times when we feel irritated and frustrated of not being able to recall the things from memory. Forgetting is a very common problem and we are experiencing it time-to-time. Hermann Ebbinghaus (1885) was the first person to conduct scientific research on forgetting. Let us try to understand the reasons of forgetting. Some of the major reasons are

Retrieval Failure:-

Retrieval failure is inability to retrieve information from long term memory and that is one of the most common causes of forgetting. Here information is stored in long term memory, but cannot be accessed.  It cannot be accessed because the retrieval cues (these are aids which helps in recovering information stored in memory) are not present.

One another reason of retrieval failure is known as decay theory. According to this theory, a memory trace is created every time a new theory is formed. But these memory traces begin to fade and disappear if it is not used or rehearsed for a long time. But this theory did not have adequate evidence hence it leads to some other theory like interference

Interference

There are two basic types of interference:

This theory assumes that storing of information involves associations between items in the memory. People keep acquiring more such associations over time and each of these stored independently without any mutual conflict. But at the time of information retrieval various sets of associations compete with each other for retrieval or we can say information to be retrieved interfere with each other.

  • Proactive interference is when previously learned information makes it more difficult to remember new information.

  • Retroactive interference occurs when new information interferes with remembering previously learned information.

Failure to Store:- One of the main reasons of forgetting is encoding failure. Some of the information fails to enter our long term memory as a result Forgetting due to encoding failure is not a case of “not remembering” or simply “forgetting”; Actual reason is “not storing” information to long-term memory

Motivated Forgetting:- People may forget their traumatic and painful experiences  either consciously or unconsciously The two basic forms of motivated forgetting are: suppression, a conscious form of forgetting, and repression, an unconscious form of forgetting.

Repression is a method where people subconsciously push unpleasant or traumatic thoughts and feelings into their unconscious mind. Thought Suppression is goal-directed and it includes conscious strategies to forget, such as changing the thoughts or context intentionally


 

How can you improve your self-confidence

Confidence is built slowly. There is no way to fix the solution quickly. Don’t be upset for having low-confidence. It can be improved .Be focused and have strong determination.

Self-practice: Your confidence will improve with practice. Close watch all your habits and body language and if you feel that some improvement is required,start practicing from today. Some of the examples which can help you increase you confidence are walking confidently, speaking confidently, keeping yourself clean and fresh, having a good posture, reading inspirational books and engaging yourself in some creative work and many more.

Say big ‘NO’ to self-doubt – Replace your thoughts with more confident ones. Regenerate your negative thoughts with positive thoughts like “I know I’ll end up looking like a fool if I share my views with them” with “Let me put my ideas in front of others, I hope everyone will get help from these ideas.”

Accept criticism positively – No one in the world knows everything. Everyone is good at some thing and not so good at others. Don’t feel nervous or upset if someone criticizes your work. Take it is an opportunity to improve and learn from someone who does better than you.

Be aware of your strength and weakness – Embrace your strengths, and build upon them. After all, your strengths will help you achieve your dream. Accept your weakness. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help – they can add value where you are weaker

Join some organization as a volunteer in your free time. Here you can meet new and different people and get a platform to socialize with them. This will build confidence and decrease social anxiety while talking to someone.

Hope it helps!

Tips to improve concentration in class

1. Try to sit in the first row of the class.I t will help you a lot on focusing in the class and managing all types of distraction.

2. Participate actively in the class.Engage yourself in the discussion.The more engaged you are with the lecture, the more you’ll want to concentrate on it.

3. Turn off your phone during lecture.

4. Take notes during lecture .Writing down the information should help you to concentrate on topic and  keep your brain from wandering.

5. Distractions might be due to some physical reason – you’re hungry, or feeling sleepy, or sitting next to noisy classmates, any of these reasons can be solved to improve concentration.

6. Try to cover the topic at home before attending the lecture. Otherwise, you’ll probably be pretty clueless as what is going in the class, and that will make it next to impossible to pay attention.

7. Take a brief break during lecture is a good idea. When you feel your ability to concentrate starting to slip, then change something. Get another pen from your bag. Cross your other leg. Stretch your muscles. It will help you to get you back on track. 

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