Ann Dolin: For some students getting motivated to study for quizzes, tests, and exams is difficult. They have trouble staying focused and just can't muster enough energy for study alone. But they often can, when they have an established study session with a friend. Research shows that students remember far more of what they discussed and talk about, than what they read or hear. Small study groups are ideal, but when that's not possible consider video chatting, especially for this tech savvy generation.
If your child chooses to video chat with a friend, be sure their guidelines are in place so that time spent studying, doesn't harm in this social hour. First off, make sure how long the study session will last and what they need to accomplish. Goals should be set upfront. An example of a good goal is today we are going to review pages four and five of the study guide. All worksheets and study guides should be emailed ahead of time to make good use of time during the study session.
And finally, encourage your child to record the session so he or she can play it again to review the information right before the test. By encouraging your child to find novel ways of studying, you can help to foster the enjoyment of learning, improve grades and even friendships.