FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Do you have a question about your middle or high school student’s studying practices? S4 Study Skills, an area leader in providing evidence-based study skills and test preparation workshops for students, will answer questions from Daily Voice readers. If you have a question, please submit it here.
Q: My middle-schooler is losing steam. How do I get him to stay motivated?
-Chelsea, New Canaan, CT
Come February, it’s a lot harder to stay motivated to study. With summer still far in the distance, it’s not unlikely that your student is feeling burned out. Fortunately, there are several ways to hit your brain’s “refresh” button. Encourage your student to do the following:
Get Enough Sleep. This seems like a “duh” suggestion, but most high school students actually don’t get enough sleep. Not only will it improve health (a lot of illnesses are caused by lack of sleep) but students will be much more attentive both in school and after.
Meet privately with a teacher. Even if it’s just for five minutes, talking to your teacher about your learning can really help you get out of that rut.
Study with friends. When your student does work with friends, it doesn’t even feel like work! If you have friends in a difficult class, schedule a library date together.
Buy new school supplies. There’s something very satisfying and inspiring about new school supplies and it feels like starting over fresh.
Revisit and write down goals. Encouraging your student to write down goals can be quite helpful in motivating them. Regardless of what those goals are, having goals and writing them down will help you achieve them.
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Michelle Sagalyn is the President of Successful Study Skills 4 Students, which is based in Southport.