Teach Your Middle School Students with Flashcards

May 28, 2019

FlashcardTeaching your middle school student with flashcards can be extremely beneficial to them in.

1.    Find a quiet area in your house in which you are comfortable and can isolate yourself from distractions. Be sure that this space includes a chair, table or desk, and sufficient lighting. Ask others not to disturb you while you are in this special location and turn off all phones, beepers, televisions, videos, music, or anything else that your mind will wander to instead of focusing on studying with the flashcards.

2.    Find the best time to study with flashcards. Some middle school students tend to do their best work as soon as they get home from school while they are still in the school mode. Others need a break and don’t settle down to study until after practice, playtime, a nap, dinner and/or family time. Just be sure to allow yourself enough time to get everything done and still get enough sleep each night.

3.    Organize your day, week, month, etc. Set aside a specific time each day to do your homework and study. Decide on a reasonable minimum amount of time that you will spend in this quiet place each day. For instance, lets say you decide on 45 minutes as a reasonable amount of time to dedicate to studying with flashcards each day. This means that even if homework is completed in the first 35 minutes that you will still stay in this area and study or review notes for the next 10 minutes until the 45 is up.

4.    Reward your middle school student for sticking to studying flashcards and being productive. Decide on an activity to do once your study time is completed. Plan on watching a television show later in the evening. Tell yourself that you will play five minutes of a video game for every fifteen minutes that you study with the flashcards. Create goals and their rewards before you start studying and work hard to reach them each and every day.

5.    Variety is important. Vary the topics of the flashcards you are spending time studying. Get the mandatory homework out of the way first and then go back and spend the additional time reviewing material from different courses each day. If you spent extra time reviewing the social studies flashcards yesterday, spend the additional time on the science flashcards tonight. Some subject areas may require more time than others.

6.    Study the difficult subjects first and get them out of the way. Your middle schooler will be able to absorb material quicker and make more connections when you are mentally fresh.

7.    Take regular study breaks. This can also serve as a mini-reward. For instance, tell yourself that you are going to get a drink or snack or listen to a specific song after you finish re-copying your notes for science. Make the breaks short, 3-6 minutes or so, so you won’t get side-tracked or lose focus for the day.

8.    Repetition, repetition, repetition. The material should become second nature to you by the time test day arrives. If it is not, then you need to devote more time to preparing for the test.

9.    Exercise often and before you sit down to study. Research shows that students retain more after being physically active. Go to soccer practice, take a jog, rough-house with your dog, break a sweat first, then settle down and focus on studying with flashcards.

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