Building Good Study Habits for Teenagers

It may sound like a lot of effort, but building good study habits in teenagers from an early age can strengthen their academic abilities and make a significant difference in their grades.

When your teen comes back from school, the usual scenario includes them dropping the backpack at the house entrance and taking a big leap onto the couch before reaching for the TV remote or their cell phone. Understandably, they need to rest, but it shouldn’t surpass their study time.

It may sound like a lot of effort, but building good study habits in teenagers from an early age can strengthen their academic abilities and make a significant difference in their grades. We’ll share some tips on how to encourage good study habits in teenagers. 

Set a Proper Study Space

Designate a particular spot where your teen can study without being distracted. It can be in the kitchen, guest room, or even your child’s bedroom. Just make sure the place is quiet when your child sits to study. Set up a study desk with all necessary school supplies such as paper, pencils, notebooks, etc. 

If your teen prefers studying outdoors, you can take them to the library, a coffee shop, a study hall, or even a bookstore. Changing study places can help retain your teen’s interest. 

Get Rid of Distractions

For parents, one of the biggest challenges is to cope with distractions while their child is studying. The first thing to do is to keep your teen away from the room that has a TV. Keep the TV and other devices such as the radio and music system completely off during study time.

Also, set a rule for cell phone usage. It could be only allowed if your teen needs to discuss an assignment or part of homework with a class or schoolmate. 

Although computers and laptops are a vital helping hand with homework, they’re also a distraction, and your child could be surfing the internet within a few minutes. Try to encourage your child to only use the laptop when necessary and then keep it aside.

Create a Schedule

Pick a particular time for studying. Although consistency is best, if you think your teen will get bored with the same timing, you can use an alternate setting. For example, set 5 pm for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7 pm (that’s before dinner) for Tuesday and Thursday. 

Breakdown Tasks

You can place a giant calendar above the study desk and set tasks for your teen to complete daily. Get creative and use different colored markers for each week. You can assign each day a subject and write down the related homework assignments and activities within the dedicated column. 

Try breaking the calendar down even further by creating weekly goals to accomplish. This is additional work, but you can also make a checklist for your child to fulfill daily. 

Offer Rewards

You can use positive rewards to either motivate your teen to study or give as an appreciative gesture for their dedication. With teenagers, just any kind of reward doesn’t work. You need to know what they find interesting. 

For small accomplishments such as reading a chapter or writing an essay, offer small rewards such as extra TV time or your teen’s favorite snack with a ten-minute break. For bigger achievements such as completing all weekly assignments and activities listed in the calendar, let them have an evening out with friends or take them to a movie. 

Create a Comfortable Learning Environment

For some teens, the thought of studying at home after spending half a day at school can be exhausting. They can easily become overwhelmed with so many books, papers, and a long list of to-dos. As a parent, your job is to make the experience relaxing.

Help the child with homework only if they’re stuck and can’t solve the problem on their own. Offer to check the assignments for any spelling errors or mistakes. Suggest small breaks during study time (five to ten minutes) after every 30 minutes for a mental refresh. 

To Conclude  

Developing good study habits can take time, especially if it’s something new for your teen. It takes two to tango, so you’ll have to team up with your teen and be the invisible support system during their academic tenure. It’s not always going to be easy, but once your teen gets the hang of it, you probably won’t need to supervise as much. 


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