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Success in school depends on many factors


But what are good study habits? What makes a study habit good and how does one go about acquiring good study habits? There are many answers to these questions. Lots of different factors contribute but one thing stands out as a contributing to every area of study habits: a good attitude. 


Good Attitude

In school, a good attitude goes far. A good attitude means a willingness to learn, openness and receptivity. Students with a good attitude take risks because they know that failure is but one part of the learning experience. They groan less when presented with extra homework or added reading.


A good attitude is a natural partner to strong study skills. If you have a positive outlook about learning, you will do what you can to stay on top of the material—like make notes and do a little bit of work every night.

There is a difference, however, between a good attitude and a perfect student. A good attitude and strong study skills do not necessarily mean good grades (although they certainly are a good start!). That's OK, because students with a good attitude look on the bright side—failure is an opportunity for growth—it doesn't beat them down and lead to negativity.


Bad Attitude

But where do bad attitudes come from? Poor attitudes about school are often a result of low confidence, low motivation and poor self-esteem. Once kids begin to do poorly on tests and assignments, they lose motivation and stop trying.


It's a cycle of failure, and children usually build up a wall around them in the form of attitude. It's difficult to break the cycle, but not impossible.

Attitude is a state of mind. It lives in the brain. This is important because the brain is highly adaptive—it can learn new things everyday. And it can unlearn just as easily.



A little tool known as metacognition, a fancy word for being aware of what the brain is doing, makes it possible for kids with bad attitudes to become kids with good attitudes. It happens everyday. We've seen it time and again.


A good Attitude is the foundation for the development of good study habits—which lead to success in school.


If your child has a poor attitude about school, it may seem like nothing can be done. Don't despair—there is help available. 


Start with these school strategies and call Oxford Learning for more specific advice for your particular child’s situation or attitude.  Strong study skills can be a remedy to a bad school attitude. 


School Strategies

Attitude is often tied to success, so, to improve a student's attitude, the best starting point is to reinforce the basics, such as developing more effective study habits.

Studies have proven that strong study habits go a long way in improving how a student does in school. And when grades improve, attitudes go right along with them.

But what exactly can children do to improve their study habits? Simple changes go a long way to making a big difference to studying, and to attitudes about school and learning in general.


Tips to Improve Study Habits

·     Get organized—Use an agenda to record all assignments and test and plan time accordingly. Just as you make time for play, you need to schedule, time for work.

·     Identify trouble areas—where do your kids have difficulty? Is math the trouble area, or does reading pose the biggest problem? Make a plan to address the areas of concern and get on top of them!

·     It's all in the approach—sometimes the words study and homework can be daunting to the unmotivated child. Try a lighter approach. For instance, say 'review' instead of study.

·     Start a Standard Routine—cut TV time Monday to Friday and reserve a specific hour of the evening for homework. It may seem difficult at first, but the longer you stick with it, the quicker it becomes a habit.

·     A little goes a long way—consistent short study times each night can make a big difference in developing a good homework attitude. In fact, 15-20 minutes a day can be more effective than a 5-6 hour study marathon.

These simple study-habit tips can go a long way to improving grades...and to developing a healthy school attitude. 




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