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Academic Study Skills Strategies


  • Teach your child to assess each new environment for auditory and visual distractions.  These distractions compete for attention.  Eliminate the distractions if possible or situate child as far from distraction as possible.  Learning to recognize these distractions is the first step in dealing with them.


  • Encourage your child to set a specific time and place for study each day.  Consistency is the key.  Even if they have no assigned work on a given day, ask them to participate in reading, computer work, or like activities.


  • As your child seems sensitive to auditory distractions, encourage them to use some type of neutral “white noise” in the background as they study.  Classical music has long been a choice for “white noise”; however, a recent study out of Britain suggests popular music works just as well.


  • Set a daily study period which can be constant through the week.  Even if your child has no homework, they read or work creatively during the time period each day.


  • Consider providing your child with a kitchen timer or digital timer to assist them in pacing while completing homework or similar tasks.  The timer becomes a concrete representation of time.


  • Your child seems to prefer a whole to part learning sequence.  Once they have a sense of the big picture, they can get down to business.  Encourage them to use the SQ3R general study strategy.  survey, question, read, recite, and review


  • Consider creating an hour during which everyone in the home is doing homework like activities.  Parents can use the time to pay bills, prepare work for the next day, or other routine items which don’t create a distraction, thus creating an atmosphere conducive to completing work at home.


For more information or targeted strategies regarding your child’s specific strengths or challenges contact our Family Support Coordinator, Dr. Liz Simpson (Liz@soarnc.org).