3 Easy Ways To Help Your Child Study

messy room

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“Johnny, do your homework!”

“Really, in this mess?”

Now most parents would “fly off the handle” if our child said this in response to us. But truly, a response like this would be warranted in this situation. Who could focus in that mess? But many of us function in chaos every day, but want to do better. I know I do. So here are 3 tips to help us as parents to help our kids to study.

1. Create A Structured Environment

Homework should be done at the same time each day. It is up to you and your family when your child should do his/her homework. However, please make sure it is in an organized area with the supplies they will need. Creating an organized space doesn’t have to be expensive. You can use a gently used desk or card table to create the look below.

clean space

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2. Make Sure Homework Is Manageable

If you know your child cannot focus after 20 minutes, then make sure he/she stops at 20 minutes to take a short break.  It is okay to break down larger projects into manageable chunks over time rather than cramming a few days before  the work is due.

3. Reframe Homework Time


Homework is not a punishment. 

For example, Johnny gets in trouble at school and you say “You’re going to stay in your room and do homework all night!” Instead, take away something like an electronic and try reading with your child for that time instead.

It should be a positive time

Limit yelling and avoid insulting your child.  Use encouragement and praise.


“You’re really catching on”

“You could teach me a thing or two!”

“I like how you take your time and double check your work”

“Boy, your teachers say you have grown a lot in your reading skills. I am so proud of you!”

I hope these examples help. What other ideas do you have to help kids study?







  1. The most valuable, most overlooked part of study help is positive reinforcement. The trick is to keep reinforcing because kids, especially as they hit the teenage years, are not too keen on showing how much they’re listening.

    It used to shock me that the students I tutor would suddenly improve their handwriting or suddenly come up with the brilliant idea that showing your work in a Math problem is actually worth it. Repeating and modeling the right way really does work, even when it doesn’t seem to.

    xo Ximena

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