Productive study habits
God’s Word reminds us to throw off every distraction in the pursuit of God’s purpose for our life (concepts from Hebrews 12). Right now, students need to pursue their study. To help students develop productive study habits at home, students need:
A physical space at home free from distractions:
- This may mean the kitchen bench when children are little so that they may be fully supervised.
- As they grow older they need a quiet and organised place away from interruptions. Having the little ones in the home playing games around an older child studying is not the way to go.
- If space is tight at home, then it is best to allow the students to have a room for a time and let those not studying or helping stay out while the studying is happening.
Emotional space to study:
- As far as possible let us protect our children from any adult burdens of life. While it is important to share life lessons with our children appropriately, it is best not to swamp students with issues outside their control, particularly when they are about to study.
- Students often need an opportunity to chat with a parent or significant adult on a regular basis. Taking walks together or preparing the evening meal together provides opportunities for chats.
- Make it a social media free area.
- At Groves DE, home educators direct the flow of work following the work program as set out on Learner.Link.
- However, as students move from Year 6 to secondary school, they have increasing opportunities to engage themselves in their studies through Learner.Link. This includes spending time to follow up their course work. For example, going over their work from the day, reading ahead and preparing for assignments. Often a major amount of additional time in the senior years is spent completing assessment pieces.
- Speak with your children about their workloads.
Have spare stationery
- Rather than having to spend valuable time looking for equipment, it is best to have spare stationery and paper available.
Our Distance Education families are typically well skilled in setting up productive work spaces. When I did home schooling with my own children while living overseas, we would set up a special place and time to complete the work. Other students may benefit from a more flexible approach.
Head of College