Get your child to study

Get your child to study

Get your child to study (without nagging or losing your mind)

When you’ve already tried removing distractions and creating a pleasant study environment, it can be disheartening when you see your child is still avoiding the books. If you’re endlessly nagging or close to losing your mind, try a new approach.

Next-level tips to get your child to study

Incentivise study time

Take their marks from the last term and ask them what they’d like to achieve. Set a small incentive for each subject, like a movie ticket, extra airtime for the holidays or a session at a trampoline park. Make the reward for trickier subjects a little more appealing.


Inspire them

Many children fail to see the relevance of geometry for example, but taking the abstract and making it real in an exciting way can help those light bulbs go off. It’s almost impossible to play a good game of pool without considering angles. Look at Youtube videos together to show them how good players use geometry to great effect.

Try new ways of learning

Reading notes, drawing mindmaps and summarising facts is all very well, but they encourage rote learning rather than a true understanding of the work involved, which is what is really important in high school. App-based learning and online videos allow will allow your child to go through topics they experience difficulty with without the pressure or distraction of the classroom. Your child may be too shy to ask questions, or too embarrassed to admit they don’t know something; they may even hate the teacher. Learning online removes these obstacles, and will be cheaper than hiring a tutor. Try these Youtube channels…

Know how they learn

Sitting at a desk and reading notes may suit some children, but we know that children learn differently. Is your child a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner? A visual learner may benefit from making mind maps or drawings to help them remember facts. Reading may suit them, and infographics may be more easily retained. Auditory learners benefit from reading their notes out aloud. Suggest they take voice notes with their phones, and listen to them afterwards, or revise the subject by watching lessons on Youtube . Kinaesthetic learners retain information better when they keep moving. For them, bouncing a ball, walking around or playing with a fidget spinner while studying help. Find out their learning style with this online quiz…



Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.


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