Are you worried your child falling behind in class? Or do you think that your child is not giving his best in school? Read this article for great tips on helping him become faster at learning.
By Jasmine Kaur
Learning is an important skill, especially for children, who have so much to learn, whether it’s in or out of class. In today’s technology-driven world, with frequent information updates, children need to be faster at learning to be at par with all that’s happening in the world around them.
In this article we discuss ways you can help your child become a faster learner. Following are a few tips you should teach your child:
1) Be comfortable with mistakes
When your child is learning something new, there are chances that he will make some mistakes. Making mistakes is part of the learning process, and if he is not comfortable with a few missteps, he will find it difficult to continue learning and be tempted to quit midway.
So, it is important that your child becomes comfortable with the process of learning through errors. One way of doing this is by explaining to her that making a mistake is not a reflection of his character or ability, but rather a step in the process of learning. This way she is less likely to take mistakes or overthink them, and instead learn from them quickly and move on.
2) Learn to ask for help
Sometimes your child might avoid asking for help because she thinks that she will be perceived as ‘stupid’ for needing help. Teach her that asking for help doesn’t make one unintelligent. Moreover, it’s important to ask for help when she is stuck, so that she can move on and learn faster.
Also, people who are proficient in the subject matter might have some important insights to share, which could help her learn faster and more effectively.
3) Remain focused
It’s common knowledge that better focus leads to more efficient learning. Help your child build or pick an environment that is quiet and has few distractions. Also, teach him to not multitask while learning as it takes away the focus from the task at hand and slows down the learning process.
4) Take notes
Taking notes is an effective way of learning academic subjects. Because children have to be selective about what they put down in their notes, they analyse the information and paraphrase it for better understanding, when jotting down what the teacher is saying in class. This exercise helps in better understanding of the subject matter. Moreover, if your child is not able to paraphrase, she will know that she hasn’t fully understood the content and can clarify her doubts with the teacher immediately. This way, note-taking helps in better understanding.
Also, it’s best to take notes by hand than by a computer according to the research, ‘The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard’ by Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer, published in Psychological Science (2014). This research stated that students taking notes on laptops were transcribing the lecture instead of understanding the lecture and reframing them in their notes.
5) Exercise regularly
Exercise keeps us active, not only physically, but mentally as many research studies have shown. In the study, ‘Improving Academic Performance of School-Age Children by Physical Activity in the Classroom’, by Marijke Mullender-Wijnsma et al, published in The Journal of School Health (2015), the authors noted that getting children to exercise improved their learning outcomes.
By getting your child to engage in regular physical exercise, you can help him become a more active and faster learner. It would be best to exercise regularly to see the continued benefits.
6) Take breaks
It’s not easy to work on something for hours together. Nor is it recommended. So even though it might seem counter-intuitive, taking breaks can help your child learn faster. Teach her to take short breaks while studying. However, it’s important that she doesn’t get engrossed in another activity during the break. For example, she should not switch to another subject or indulge in social media.
By putting these tips into practise, your child can become a better and a faster learner. But, if he hits a hurdle or is unable to comprehend a certain subject matter, make sure you understand what the problem is and bring in expert help, if required. Whatever you do, do not push him to learn faster but encourage him to help him fall in love with learning.
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Written by Jasmine Kaur on 30 October 2018.
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