Many kids don’t study because they find it boring. No one enjoys staring at the books studying until their brain hurts, and when studying is boring, kids often don’t retain the information they’re trying to memorize. The good news is that you can help your students make studying more fun, and when you make it more fun, kids are more likely to retain information longer. Eliminate the old studying routine and use these exciting ways to make studying fun for kids.
1. Have Dramatic Readings
Silently reading while studying can leave students falling asleep or missing important information. One way you can make studying more exciting and fun is to have a dramatic reading of the information or the textbook. Reading out loud can make things easier for kids to remember. Let kids get really dramatic with their readings so they have fun while studying.
2. Take a Break for Dancing
Time spent studying is important, but kids need breaks too if they’re going to retain information. Take a break for dancing from time to time to get kids out of their chairs. Play some fun music and let them dance for a few minutes. You can even use music that is relevant to the information they’re studying to make the dance time even more productive.
3. Draw Pictures to Illustrate Important Points
Sometimes it’s difficult for kids to grasp and remember certain concepts, so consider having kids draw pictures that help illustrate important points. Not only is this a fun way to learn, but it helps students to express points in an easy way that is easier to remember. Teachers can even add helpful pictures to study guides to illustrate essential information, making it easier and more fun to study.
4. Play Games
Playing games always offers a great way to study while having fun. Kids love to play games, and if you can turn study time into game time, they’re going to learn. Fun games that kids are familiar with, such as a Jeopardy style study game, will really prove exciting. Study baseball where kids answer questions to get “hits” and “run the bases” can also be a lot of fun, and you can even play outdoors so kids get some fresh air while studying.
5. Use Practice Tests
Since many kids feel stressed when testing, consider using some practice tests as part of your study time. Make the practice tests fun, and use them to let kids get a better feel for taking tests. Many times this can help take some of the stress out of testing while helping kids study and retain essential information.