Most likely, when your teenager gets home from a long day at school, the last thing she wants to do is study. But by following a list of study strategies, your child can study effectively and efficiently. High school is the time to learn and excel in preparation for college. Help your child realize the importance of reviewing subjects with these 10 study strategies.

  1. Use study groups. By talking about the information with other students, your child will retain key points and find answers to questions she may have been too shy to ask in class.

  2. Practice active listening. If your child’s mind frequently wanders in class, encourage her to recognize when this happens and to use this moment as an opportunity to refocus.

  3. Beat procrastination. Show your child that putting off tasks results in frenzy. It is better to plan ahead and finish work earlier, rather than too late.

  4. Entice with rewards. Instead of punishment for not studying, reward your child for getting schoolwork done.

  5. Encourage organization. Make sure your teenager has enough notebooks, folders and other items to organize adequately.

  6. Actively read. Teach your teenager to outline and annotate in texts. If she is not allowed to write in the book, have her keep notes, organized by text, in a separate notebook.

  7. Prepare before class. Explain that if she reviews textbook information before class, she’ll retain and understand more of the topic in class.

  8. Keep neat notes. Make sure your teenager is taking clear notes in chronological order.

  9. Discover peak productivity times. Help your child figure out when she is most productive, and encourage her to work during those times.

  10. Foster responsibility. Encourage your teenager to make good decisions about when to study, how to study and how frequently to study.

By Erin Williams