They sit down with their books open—five minutes later, their minds are wandering. If that describes your teen, here are some tips to share:
Don’t lie down. Teens who have trouble paying attention are likely to fall asleep.
Read for shorter periods. Don’t try to read an entire chapter in one sitting.
Read aloud. This uses two senses instead of just one.
Get exercise. If your teen tends to get sleepy, have her set the timer. After 10 or 15 minutes, she can move around.
Take notes. After every paragraph, have your teen write down the most important thing she’s just read.
Underline. This may help your teen stay more involved. Make sure underlining in her textbook is permitted.
Pick “prime time.” A teen who conks out by 10 at night should not put off reading until 9:30 pm.
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