Posts Tagged ‘study skills’

Some Back-to-School Tips for Grade Schoolers

September 5, 2012

By the end of the summer, many kids have put school and homework completely out of their heads. With school starting, here are some tips to make the new year run more smoothly for your child.

Develop good homework and study habits:

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework.
  • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time.
  • Supervise computer and Internet use.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework for her.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren’t able to help her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first.

Ease back-to-school stress—Switching from the laid-back fun in the sun of summer to rules, homework, and routines can be a big jump for parents and children alike. Try slowly switching to an earlier bedtime. Remember that children between the ages of 5 and 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep. Displaying a calm, positive attitude will also help. If you’re excited for school to start, your children will follow your lead.

Establish routines—Setting up daily routines at home at the start of the school year (or even before) can also help children adjust. Doing this directly benefits their work in the classroom where their day is full of routines.

Let your children know what’s expected of them every day. Creating a checklist or flowchart will help children get organized and stay on schedule, which also eases anxiety. Enlist their help in creating the schedule as a way to get them to buy into it.

Dr. Jane Stewart specializes in helping people of all ages improve their study, reading and cognitive skills at two locations: The Brain Development Center in Novi and Optiminds in Southfield. Contact Dr. Jane Stewart at (248) 496-0150 or email her at:

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Optiminds—Professional Tutoring Services in Metro Detroit

March 16, 2012

Optiminds is a professional tutoring service serving people of all ages in the metro Detroit area, including, Berkley, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Farmington Hills, Franklin, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Redford, Royal Oak, Southfield and West Bloomfield. 

We will identify problem areas and design a customized tutoring program to help your student in a wide range of areas, including these key areas:

          Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary

         Writing and Grammar

         Logical Thinking

         Algebra, Geometry

         Test Preparation (including SAT and ACT tests)

 Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the study, reading and cognitive skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds brain fitness programs and cognitive skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at

Time Management and Study Tips for College Students—Part 2

November 15, 2011

We never stop being students. Whether you are just starting your college experience or consider yourself a lifelong student, it’s never too late to improve your study habits. Here are more practical tips from Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. and ADD expert:

  • Introduce yourself to your professors and go to their office hours. Professors really like it when someone is interested in their classes.
  • Use the college’s career resource center – not just when you are going to graduate, but when you are figuring out what you want to do with your life. It’s a free service.
  • Use flashcards to quiz yourself when studying. And get someone else to quiz you with them. If you always quiz yourself with your own flashcards, you may skip over some that you don’t know the answer to.
  • You may not know what you want to do for a major. It’s okay. There are people much older than you that still aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives. That’s okay. See your academic adviser for help. Pay attention to which classes you really look forward to – that can be a clue as to what you might want to major in.
  • Study groups can be helpful – but keep it to between 3 and 5 members (including you). More than that, and it turns into a social event.
  • If you have ADHD or a learning disability, apply for accommodations as soon as possible – even right after you find out you’ve been accepted to school.
  • Sleep. Get it. Get enough. You may be laughing at this, being a college student and all…but you need to get enough sleep.
  • Enjoy your college experience – it’s one most rewarding experiences of your life, academically and socially.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the study skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds college brain fitness programs and cognitive skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at

August 10, 2010

Continuing on the theme from the last post.  If you want study skills and time management solutions talk to one of the many professionals who can help.  While making a plan for a week make sure you plan for recreational activities, time for TV watching, time to can catch your favorite team play. College activities are important to college success. Also take into account the time you would spend with friends or on phone. This is very important because you need time away from studies otherwise what happens is you sit there with an open book trying to guess what everybody else is doing or just day dreaming and wasting your time!

OptimindsAfter you have planned your week write it down and as far as possible stick to the time table. Remember that you have made the planning and the timetable. If you think that it is not working then change it! Sometimes what you think and what you can do is difficult to guess before you actually try it out. Need some help? Contact a professional tutor to help set some guidelines.

Make sure that you have a comfortable place to study. The temperature should also be comfortable. The lighting should be sufficient. If you think that you study better with music playing in the back ground then keep your favorite music ready and start your studies as per your plan.

When you manage your time and plan your studies your college life will be more rewarding and successful. The time management skills you learn will help in other aspects of your life too. A great tool for success.

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