In order for boys to thrive in their academic journey, education cannot be limited to what takes place at school. Homework and study are required to supplement classroom learning, so it’s important that boys learn how to study effectively, bearing in mind that consistency is more powerful than intensity.
Some boys require more support and encouragement than others. Many parents of boys will relate to the fact that their boys can sometimes be disorganised and lack motivation to study or complete homework. In fact, it’s fair to say that there aren’t too many students who get excited about homework. Despite this, homework and study play an integral role in a child’s learning. Independent study provides the opportunity to practise what has been taught in class and allows boys to hone preparation, time management and research skills more thoroughly.
Here are five study techniques, specifically tailored to boys to teach them how to study effectively:
We suggest that parents encourage boys to establish files or binders for each subject and keep them neat. Boys should also have a dedicated place to study away from distractions with everything that is needed in easy reach.
Establishing set routines from an early age is very important in forming good study habits. Boys should set aside a certain time each day, that is specifically for study. Other activities can be scheduled around study time. This will become a habit, increasing the likelihood of regular and ongoing study. Even children as young as Pre-Kinders can get in the habit of doing a small amount of reading each night.
It is important for boys to be reminded about why they are doing something. What do they want to achieve? What are they working toward? Setting reminders in their study areas can inspire and motivate them towards their goals. For example, mood boards or decorations that depict their career aspirations are great visual aids.
Boys need physical activity to stay motivated. There are also studies that suggest physical activity can improve learning. Encouraging boys to participate in outside play or activity can actually help their academic performance, and likely their motivation as well.
5. Catered approach
There is no formula for outstanding results – the reality is that each boy needs to find his own study methods, systems and schedules. Every student’s natural learning style is different – some are visual learners, others ROTE, auditory or tactile. Once a boy is able to identify which learning style works best for him, he’ll be able to harness this to get the most out of every study opportunity.
At the start of each year, Trinity Grammar School contracts Enhanced Learning Services to speak to parents and boys about study, so that students can begin early to experiment with and implement study techniques, and parents know how best to support their sons through study.
Trinity’s Pastoral Care guidelines focus on the fundamentals of good parenting — providing both care and discipline — enabling boys to grow into self-confident, trustworthy and resilient young men. Combined with an ongoing partnership between the School and home, your son will thrive in a consistent, caring and nurturing environment.
Our Life Skills Programme is part of a whole of School approach to health and wellbeing that enhances our boys’ capacity to be emotionally resilient and socially competent. Discover more by downloading our Life Skills guide now.