The methods he uses to master facts and ideas also play a role. Here are four things your child can do:

Draw conclusions. Urge your children to draw conclusions as they study. If they are reading about the invention of the telephone, they can ask themselves "What would the world be like without phones?"

Build bridges. Children often learn best when they relate something new to something familiar. A student learning about how laws are made might relate the process to how family rules are made.

Find the main idea. As students listen or read, they should ask, "What's the point being made here?"

Use memory aids. School often involves learning facts. Studies show that memory aids can help students remember more. For example: Want to remember the colors of the rainbow in order? That's ROY G. BIV—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

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