Study With Flashcards
Many parents grew up before screens became the predominant form of education. Homework was done with pen and paper, and test-taking was always done by hand. While tests might have moved online, studying doesn’t have to.
Flashcards are a great way to help kids learn new concepts. Teaching kids how to make flashcards from the subjects they’re studying can help imprint information and improve memorization. And paper flashcards also provide some offline time to process information and learn more clearly.
Take some time to help your kids write the cards, and then quiz them with the cards—you can even make it a little game! And even though they might be taking classes online, make sure they have plenty of notebooks and a pen or pencil for note-taking—notebooks never slow down or crash.
Use Auditory Learning
Some kids' auditory learning style means they absorb best when listening. Educational podcasts like Stories Podcast, Circle Round, and Brains On are great resources to help expand kids’ knowledge base.
They’re also great active listening practice and can get kids hooked on a subject, encouraging them to do more extracurricular research. Podcasts are a way to fill in class time gaps or pass the time when doing chores like washing dishes, cleaning, or yard work. Listening is a great way for kids to double up on doing chores while learning something new.
Let Kids Be the Teachers
Another way for kids to learn is to relay information to someone else. Whether it’s a history project, a crash course on multiplication tables (who couldn’t use a brushup, anyway?), or a book review, having kids give a presentation can help them develop valuable skills, such as preparation, presenting, and public speaking.
Get creative with the audience, too. It can just be you and your kid, siblings or friends, some stuffed animals, or hopping on a video call with family. Presenting to an audience will help them grow and learn. It might even be the highlight of their school year!
Adapt Study Strategies to Your Kids’ Learning Styles
Teaching study skills only works if your kids start using what they’ve learned. And since every kid learns differently, the most effective study methods need to change for each kid. You know your little learners best, so think about what they’ve especially liked in school in years past, and see if there are ways to recreate that learning style at home.
For example, kids with ADHD can find online learning especially tough. After all, classes compete with everything else on the Internet, from online video games to endless YouTube videos. Encourage them to study away from the screen (maybe in their new study space).
You can also consider printing off online worksheets and other materials. Research has shown that we remember better when writing by hand than when typing.