Foreign language vocabulary, for example, should be reviewed often. Math problems can be tackled a few at a time.
Help your teen look for smaller chunks of time that she can turn into study opportunities. If she comes home from school and wants to go to a friend’s house, for example, suggest that she work five math problems first.
If she has 10 minutes before dinner, suggest that she run through her Spanish vocabulary words for the week.
She can make these mini-homework sessions more effective by doing a little advance preparation. She can create flash cards to make the vocabulary study easier. She can have a quiet place where she can concentrate on her math.
Of course, these short lessons won’t replace a longer study time. It takes more than 10 minutes to read a history chapter, write a draft of a paper or complete a science lab exercise.
But by doing some studying in shorter segments, your teen will probably find she’s using her time more effectively.
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