Whether you are finding it hard to motivate your children to study at home during the COVID-19 pandemic or you are looking for long-term homeschooling help, you will find plenty of useful advice in this article. Below are our top tips to help you and your children adapt to studying at home.
All of the techniques listed have been tried and tested by thousands of parents in Canada and across the globe. Some may prove to be more effective for your children than others, but they are all well worth trying.
5 Productive Learning Techniques for Kids Studying at Home
1. Create a Schedule
It is very tempting to adopt a casual attitude to homeschooling. After all, why tie yourself to a fixed schedule when you’ve been told that one of the benefits of learning at home is being able to take a flexible approach to study time? Being able to cancel a lesson and go out for the day is a positive benefit of home study but it is not something you should do on a regular basis: almost all children respond better to an organized approach that makes it clear when they should be studying and when they can relax and play.
2. Take Advantage of Online Tutoring for Children
Unless you are a Math and English expert with hours of free time to spare every day, you are going to find it hard to provide your children with all the support they need when studying at home. Fortunately, help is at hand: at iSmartStudent, we offer online tutoring support as part of our home learning packages.
Whether you are interested in Math tutoring, English tutoring or both, our lesson plans include up to 10 hours a week of 1-to-1 online tutor support for your children. We find that kids who have a qualified tutor to turn to when things get hard are much more motivated to learn.
3. Use a Variety of Learning Resources
One of the keys to keeping your children interested in learning at home is to vary the way they study. Don’t just use online tests or videos, or stick to textbooks all the time: use a variety of different formats to ensure that your kids do not quickly get bored of studying at home or lose attention.
4. Set Goals with Rewards
Set small, achievable goals with small rewards that you know your children will enjoy. For example: rent a
movie online as a reward for finishing a short story or attaining a good score in a Math test. You are likely
to come across this tip quite often when searching for advice on how to keep kids productive in a home
learning environment, simply because it has proven to be very effective for so many children.
5. Let Your Kids Have a Say
If you are having trouble working out the best timetable or methods of learning for your kids, involve them in the decision making process. Children who are allowed input into their learning plans and schedules are often more motivated to study. If you try one way of learning and it is not going well, consult your children again and choose a new method together.
If you would like to find out more about our Math and English Lessons & Tutoring Support for kids studying at home, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Also, keep an eye out for more free home study guides in the future.